Omnicell, Mercado de Moda, PurchasingNet, TekOnline and Specdex Team With HubStorm for Supplier Enablement Expertise

Companies Join HubStorm Alliance Partner Program to Enable Supplier Networks



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from HubStorm Corporation

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- HubStorm(R) Corporation, a
 provider of turnkey supplier enablement solutions, has forged partnerships
 with Omnicell, Mercado de Moda, PurchasingNet, TekOnline and Specdex.  These
 companies are the first to participate in the new HubStorm Alliance Partner
 Program, which offers support to buying organizations, providers of B2B
 e-commerce technology, and e-marketplace operators that want to help their
 supplier networks become enabled with HubStorm eSupplier(TM) technology.  The
 aggressive program is designed to achieve a common goal:  solve the supplier
 enablement problem, which will, in turn, build liquidity in e-marketplaces and
 e-procurement systems.
     Landing five partners in just four weeks, HubStorm has gained instant
 attention from a broad range of industries from electronics to apparel,
 construction to healthcare.  "This jump-start momentum proves B2B trading
 partners are eager for an end-to-end supplier enablement solution," said
 Ricardo C. Berrios, vice president of strategic development at HubStorm.
     The alliance partners are recommending HubStorm eSupplier as a preferred
 technology to enable supplier participation in online trading.  HubStorm
 eSupplier provides the most comprehensive range of features of any supplier
 enablement software, including rich catalog content management and
 syndication, transaction management and consolidation, as well as integration
 to existing IT infrastructure.
     By participating in the HubStorm Alliance Partner Program, Omnicell,
 Mercado de Moda, PurchasingNet, TekOnline and Specdex are demonstrating their
 commitment to solve the supplier enablement problem.  As partners, they will
 be directly involved in introducing suppliers to HubStorm eSupplier.
     Omnicell -- provides an integrated suite of clinical infrastructure and
 workflow automation solutions for healthcare.  This includes a web-based
 procurement application, OmniBuyer, a customized system built on the Commerce
 One(R) Enterprise Buyer(TM) platform.  "OmniBuyer gives hospitals a
 comprehensive e-procurement solution, but it's a big problem when their
 suppliers don't have the technology to join them online," said Chris Drew,
 vice president, branded solutions for Omnicell.  "HubStorm eSupplier solves
 this problem -- we are particularly impressed with its ease of integration and
 low cost."
     Mercado de Moda -- the leading e-marketplace for the fashion industry in
 Latin America.  The company has partnered with HubStorm to enable apparel
 manufacturers with HubStorm eSupplier technology.  Currently 10 manufacturers,
 including fashion labels Pepe Jeans, Joe Boxer and XOXO, are members of
 Mercado de Moda, selling to retailers of apparel, footwear and accessories.
 Mercado de Moda has joined the Alliance Partner Program to recruit suppliers
 from among the 10,000 apparel manufactures in Latin America.
     "HubStorm eSupplier provides a broad range of functionality that addresses
 suppliers' needs from beginning to end -- from ERP integration to transaction
 management," said Bill White, president of Mercado de Moda.  "Getting
 suppliers connected online is critical.  This software could potentially
 become the standard for supplier enablement, not just in the fashion market,
 but for all industries in Latin America."
     PurchasingNet -- a provider of e-procurement software popular among
 financial services, retailers and publishing companies.  Like Omnicell,
 PurchasingNet realizes the success of their customers' e-procurement is tied
 to their ability to recruit suppliers.  The company is encouraging suppliers
 to adopt HubStorm eSupplier technology in order to connect with buyers running
 PurchasingNet-SQL procurement systems.
     TekOnline -- an operator of an e-commerce site for consumer electronics
 and office products.  To source its inventory, TekOnline operates an
 e-procurement system to purchase from electronics distributors. The company
 currently interfaces with 20 distributors, using time-consuming, manual
 processes.  "Our goal is to have 75 percent of our distributors connecting
 with us online within the next 6 months.  With our distributors using HubStorm
 eSupplier technology, we will be able to streamline procurement and improve
 efficiency," said Tony Kolens, CEO of TekOnline. "eSupplier means we will be
 able to manage inventory in real-time to provide immediate response to
 customer orders."
     Specdex -- a provider of Internet technology to product wholesalers in the
 construction industry.  Specdex is currently focused on the Plumbing and HVAC
 sectors, representing 5000 branches and $24 billion in annual sales.  The
 company has partnered with HubStorm to offer the eSupplier solution to its
 growing network of distributors.
 
     About the HubStorm Alliance Partner Program
     The HubStorm Alliance Partner Program gives support and financial
 incentives to operators of corporate e-procurement systems and e-marketplaces,
 as well as providers of B2B online trading technology.  Under a no-cost,
 one-year agreement, partners will receive a $10,000 referral bonus for every
 supplier in their network that adopts the HubStorm eSupplier solution.
 Partners also have the alternative to pass this bonus to the suppliers as an
 added incentive.  In addition, HubStorm will sponsor a Supplier Summit for
 each participating partner.  The Summit is designed to bring buyers and their
 suppliers under one roof for practical supplier enablement discussions and
 HubStorm eSupplier technical understanding.
     Buying organizations, providers of B2B e-commerce technology, and
 e-marketplace operators interested in more information regarding the Alliance
 Partner Program can contact Armen Najarian at HubStorm by email at
 anajarian@hubstorm.com or by phone at 650-641-8342 or 866-482-7867 ext. 8342.
 
     About HubStorm eSupplier
     HubStorm eSupplier software, available this month, removes the technical
 obstacles currently preventing manufacturers and distributors from trading
 online.  HubStorm eSupplier provides comprehensive B2B commerce functionality,
 including rich catalog content management and syndication, transaction
 management and consolidation, as well as integration to existing IT
 infrastructure.
 
     About HubStorm
     HubStorm is a provider of turnkey supplier enablement software.
 HubStorm's flagship product, HubStorm eSupplier, facilitates supplier
 participation in multiple e-procurement systems and private and public
 e-marketplaces through a single interface.  HubStorm is funded by
 SOFTBANK Venture Capital.  HubStorm is located in Mountain View, California
 and can be reached at 650-641-8300 or on the web at www.hubstorm.com.
     NOTE:  HubStorm is a registered trademark and HubStorm eSupplier is a
 trademark of HubStorm Corporation.  All other company, product, and brand
 names are trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE HubStorm Corporation
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- HubStorm(R) Corporation, a
 provider of turnkey supplier enablement solutions, has forged partnerships
 with Omnicell, Mercado de Moda, PurchasingNet, TekOnline and Specdex.  These
 companies are the first to participate in the new HubStorm Alliance Partner
 Program, which offers support to buying organizations, providers of B2B
 e-commerce technology, and e-marketplace operators that want to help their
 supplier networks become enabled with HubStorm eSupplier(TM) technology.  The
 aggressive program is designed to achieve a common goal:  solve the supplier
 enablement problem, which will, in turn, build liquidity in e-marketplaces and
 e-procurement systems.
     Landing five partners in just four weeks, HubStorm has gained instant
 attention from a broad range of industries from electronics to apparel,
 construction to healthcare.  "This jump-start momentum proves B2B trading
 partners are eager for an end-to-end supplier enablement solution," said
 Ricardo C. Berrios, vice president of strategic development at HubStorm.
     The alliance partners are recommending HubStorm eSupplier as a preferred
 technology to enable supplier participation in online trading.  HubStorm
 eSupplier provides the most comprehensive range of features of any supplier
 enablement software, including rich catalog content management and
 syndication, transaction management and consolidation, as well as integration
 to existing IT infrastructure.
     By participating in the HubStorm Alliance Partner Program, Omnicell,
 Mercado de Moda, PurchasingNet, TekOnline and Specdex are demonstrating their
 commitment to solve the supplier enablement problem.  As partners, they will
 be directly involved in introducing suppliers to HubStorm eSupplier.
     Omnicell -- provides an integrated suite of clinical infrastructure and
 workflow automation solutions for healthcare.  This includes a web-based
 procurement application, OmniBuyer, a customized system built on the Commerce
 One(R) Enterprise Buyer(TM) platform.  "OmniBuyer gives hospitals a
 comprehensive e-procurement solution, but it's a big problem when their
 suppliers don't have the technology to join them online," said Chris Drew,
 vice president, branded solutions for Omnicell.  "HubStorm eSupplier solves
 this problem -- we are particularly impressed with its ease of integration and
 low cost."
     Mercado de Moda -- the leading e-marketplace for the fashion industry in
 Latin America.  The company has partnered with HubStorm to enable apparel
 manufacturers with HubStorm eSupplier technology.  Currently 10 manufacturers,
 including fashion labels Pepe Jeans, Joe Boxer and XOXO, are members of
 Mercado de Moda, selling to retailers of apparel, footwear and accessories.
 Mercado de Moda has joined the Alliance Partner Program to recruit suppliers
 from among the 10,000 apparel manufactures in Latin America.
     "HubStorm eSupplier provides a broad range of functionality that addresses
 suppliers' needs from beginning to end -- from ERP integration to transaction
 management," said Bill White, president of Mercado de Moda.  "Getting
 suppliers connected online is critical.  This software could potentially
 become the standard for supplier enablement, not just in the fashion market,
 but for all industries in Latin America."
     PurchasingNet -- a provider of e-procurement software popular among
 financial services, retailers and publishing companies.  Like Omnicell,
 PurchasingNet realizes the success of their customers' e-procurement is tied
 to their ability to recruit suppliers.  The company is encouraging suppliers
 to adopt HubStorm eSupplier technology in order to connect with buyers running
 PurchasingNet-SQL procurement systems.
     TekOnline -- an operator of an e-commerce site for consumer electronics
 and office products.  To source its inventory, TekOnline operates an
 e-procurement system to purchase from electronics distributors. The company
 currently interfaces with 20 distributors, using time-consuming, manual
 processes.  "Our goal is to have 75 percent of our distributors connecting
 with us online within the next 6 months.  With our distributors using HubStorm
 eSupplier technology, we will be able to streamline procurement and improve
 efficiency," said Tony Kolens, CEO of TekOnline. "eSupplier means we will be
 able to manage inventory in real-time to provide immediate response to
 customer orders."
     Specdex -- a provider of Internet technology to product wholesalers in the
 construction industry.  Specdex is currently focused on the Plumbing and HVAC
 sectors, representing 5000 branches and $24 billion in annual sales.  The
 company has partnered with HubStorm to offer the eSupplier solution to its
 growing network of distributors.
 
     About the HubStorm Alliance Partner Program
     The HubStorm Alliance Partner Program gives support and financial
 incentives to operators of corporate e-procurement systems and e-marketplaces,
 as well as providers of B2B online trading technology.  Under a no-cost,
 one-year agreement, partners will receive a $10,000 referral bonus for every
 supplier in their network that adopts the HubStorm eSupplier solution.
 Partners also have the alternative to pass this bonus to the suppliers as an
 added incentive.  In addition, HubStorm will sponsor a Supplier Summit for
 each participating partner.  The Summit is designed to bring buyers and their
 suppliers under one roof for practical supplier enablement discussions and
 HubStorm eSupplier technical understanding.
     Buying organizations, providers of B2B e-commerce technology, and
 e-marketplace operators interested in more information regarding the Alliance
 Partner Program can contact Armen Najarian at HubStorm by email at
 anajarian@hubstorm.com or by phone at 650-641-8342 or 866-482-7867 ext. 8342.
 
     About HubStorm eSupplier
     HubStorm eSupplier software, available this month, removes the technical
 obstacles currently preventing manufacturers and distributors from trading
 online.  HubStorm eSupplier provides comprehensive B2B commerce functionality,
 including rich catalog content management and syndication, transaction
 management and consolidation, as well as integration to existing IT
 infrastructure.
 
     About HubStorm
     HubStorm is a provider of turnkey supplier enablement software.
 HubStorm's flagship product, HubStorm eSupplier, facilitates supplier
 participation in multiple e-procurement systems and private and public
 e-marketplaces through a single interface.  HubStorm is funded by
 SOFTBANK Venture Capital.  HubStorm is located in Mountain View, California
 and can be reached at 650-641-8300 or on the web at www.hubstorm.com.
     NOTE:  HubStorm is a registered trademark and HubStorm eSupplier is a
 trademark of HubStorm Corporation.  All other company, product, and brand
 names are trademarks of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  HubStorm Corporation