Paul Demery , Chief Technology Editor
Sporting Goods Manufacturer Chooses Outsourcing to Reduce Costs of Doing EDI with 50 Trading Partners, Eliminate Need to Staff and Support Peak-Season Capacity Year-Round, and Integrate with its MAS 500 Accounting System
Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 17, 2005 - SPS Commerce, the leader in hosted Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) software, announced today that 180s, LLC, Baltimore-based maker of innovative performance wear, is using SPS` software-as-a-service offering to replace its existing EDI software application. The hosted service enables 180s to continue to electronically transact business with more than 50 retail customers including Academy Sports, Belk, Bloomingdale`s, Boscov`s, Home Depot, L.L. Bean, The TJX Companies and True Value, while reducing its EDI staff by more than 50 percent, minimizing VAN charges and eliminating all internal EDI-related hardware and software maintenance and upgrades costs. 180s has fully integrated SPS` hosted EDI services with its MAS 500 accounting system.
"Earlier this year, 180s concluded that EDI was a necessity of doing business but simply was costing 180s too much and draining internal resources that could be better used elsewhere," said David Gottesfeld, network administrator at 180s. "The seasonality of our products meant that 80 percent of our volume was transacted between September and January. To have adequate resources during our high season, we needed to maintain an internal EDI system and staffing levels at these peak levels year-round. By switching to SPS` hosted EDI service this year, 180s eliminated this excess and can now ramp up our EDI transactions as needed to support our business without worrying about internal staffing or technology capacity.Â We couldn`t be happier with our decision to outsource with SPS Commerce."
To integrate its hosted services with internal accounting or ERP systems, SPS Commerce has a team of integration specialists with specific expertise of MAS 500. This team seamlessly integrated SPS` EDI service with 180s` MAS 500 accounting system. "When looking at the various hosted EDI services available, SPS Commerce was the only one with in-house experts on eBRIDGE to help with the initial integration and any future expansions," said Gottesfeld.
"We are pleased to have 180s as a part of our EDI community," said Archie Black, president and CEO of SPS Commerce. "Seasonal businesses can depend on SPS` technology and experts to be there to meet their EDI needs during peak and off-seasons, without needing to add staff or maintain excess capacity.Â SPS Commerce is pleased to work with 180s, and have offered them an alternative to their internal EDI systems."
About SPS Commerce
SPS Commerce is the leading provider of Hosted EDI Services to the retail and distribution supply chain. Through its online service platform, SPSCommerce.net delivers technologies like EDI, UPC Catalogs, Item Synchronization and Online Ordering sites. SPS Commerce dramatically lowers the setup and on-going costs, along with the time and risks of traditional EDI software by providing a superior alternative to complicated, lengthy and expensive traditional software deployments. Today, more than 9,000 companies are outsourcing their EDI to SPS Commerce. SPSCommerce.net is widely used by companies running a variety of ERP systems including Oracle, NetSuite, SAP, Epicor, Great Plains, QuickBooks, Macola, MAS 90/200 & 500, Microsoft Business Solutions applications, Peachtree and many more. SPS Commerce is headquartered in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. For additional information, please contact SPS Commerce at 866-245-8100 or visit www.spscommerce.com.