4/09/04

Aspen Pet Reports Significant Cost Savings, Meets Trading Partner Mandates With Inovis

Kurt Peters , Executive Editor

Pet Product Manufacturer Adopts AS2 to Work with Wal-Mart, Selects Inovis to Synchronize Product Data with UCCnet GLOBALregistry®

ATLANTA – March 30, 2004 – Inovis, a provider of business commerce automation solutions, today announced that Aspen Pet Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer of high-quality pet products and accessories, has significantly reduced network costs and met the business commerce requirements for its retail partners, like Wal-Mart, and drastically simplified trading partner relationships using Inovis’ Internet EDI solution and has selected Inovis to synchronize product data with the UCCnet GLOBALregistry.

Serving a wide customer base from small pet stores to major retailers like Petco, Aspen Pet had long conducted business transactions using a variety of communications methods. Doing business using multiple protocols with numerous trading partners proved to be costly and tedious, having to coordinate maintenance, pricing issues and licensing fees. In choosing Inovis, Aspen Pet sought to consolidate on one business commerce automation platform with a trusted partner that would provide a roadmap to meet future compliance requirements.

A number of large retailers, including Wal-Mart, require its suppliers to use AS2 as the data transfer protocol to exchange critical point-of-sale data.

Aspen Pet selected Inovis’ TrustedLink iSeries solution based on its flexible capabilities, superior technology platform and cost-effective licensing agreement in accommodating both FTP and AS2 users. In addition, Inovis’ services organization implemented the software in only one week, speeding the time to benefit. Aspen Pet has cut its per-customer Value-Added Network (VAN) charges in half for its largest customers and increased satisfaction levels through improved transaction processes and heightened security. With the success of TrustedLink, Aspen Pet again turned to Inovis to synchronize product data with the UCCnet GLOBALregistry and is in the process of implementing Inovis’ BizManager for UCCnet Services, a complete synchronization suite providing specific visibility, business process management and translation features for item synchronization.

“Inovis’ EDI solution offers Aspen Pet tremendous flexibility to interact and meet requirements set forth by our wide range of business partners,” said Chuck Sharpe, director of information technology for Aspen Pet. “We can now conduct business more effectively, meeting mandates and complying with UCCnet standards knowing that we have the necessary collaboration framework in place to meet any technology or trading partner requirements today and in the future.”

By consolidating all transactions on one platform, Aspen Pet significantly improved its trading partner relations with increased flexibility and ease of use. The company uses AS2 for a variety of business transactions, including inbound purchase orders, outbound invoices, advance-ship notices and inbound forecasts.

“Inovis gives suppliers and retailers the necessary tools to create profitable and rewarding relationships with each other,” said Michael Croxton, senior vice president of marketing for Inovis. “By streamlining trading communities to more easily manage the flow and secure transport of business-critical information, we allow our customers to simplify communication while strengthening relationships and meeting the needs of their key trading partners.”

About Aspen Pet Products, Inc.
Aspen Pet Products, Inc. strives to make safe, quality products that pets love and pet owners can trust. Aspen Pet began with an original line of functional pet accessories, and today comprises some of the best-known, highest-quality consumer brands available. In building the Aspen Pet family of products, they acquired brands that had already earned the highest level of success and respect. Together, their brands offer a complete range of the finest pet products available to consumers today.

About Inovis
Inovis, Inc. is a leader in providing business commerce automation solutions that facilitate the effective management of retail, supply and manufacturing partnerships. With more than 20 years of experience and almost 20,000 customers, Inovis provides a complete line of B2B software and managed services. These solutions enable companies to optimize profitability through timely and efficient communications with their trading partner communities. For more information visit www.inovis.com.

Inovis is a trademark of Inovis, Inc.

Topics:

AS2, Computer networking, Computing, Petco

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