SPS Commerce Launches B-to-B Catalog Synchronization Capabilities to Increase Supply Chain Efficiencies

-- New Catalog Enhancements Enable Retailers to Synchronize Back-End Systems

With Product Content From Small- and Mid-Sized Supply Chain Partners --



Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from SPS Commerce

    ST. PAUL, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SPS Commerce, the leading Supply
 Chain Integration Service provider, today announced that it has upgraded its
 business-to-business catalog services to improve e-commerce transactions
 between large buyers and their small- and mid-sized (SME) suppliers.
     SPS' Catalog Service has been enhanced to provide retailers with a
 browser-based development tool to create customized synchronization agents
 that pull new and updated supplier product content into their back-end ERP
 systems. The service has also added browser-based, self-service features that
 provide small- and mid-sized suppliers with a cost-effective solution to load
 and update detailed product and shipping specifications into the
 SPSCommerce.net product data repository.
     While traditional electronic catalogs are designed to streamline supply
 chain operations among large companies and their large suppliers, SPS'
 upgraded catalog offerings are designed specifically for smaller enterprises
 that have traditionally exchanged product information with the large buyers
 via phone, fax or mail.  Suppliers who use SPS' hosted Internet catalog
 service pay a low, flat monthly fee with flexible contract terms and seasonal
 conditions, making adoption affordable and seamless to implement.
     "We have used several online catalogs as directed by customers, and have
 found SPS Commerce by far the easiest to maintain and use.  None of the other
 catalogs that we use has the ability to 'mass upload' our product information;
 rather, most require an online form to be filled out, field by field, in order
 to populate the catalog with the required information," said Guy Brigman,
 information systems manager for Altus Athletic, a supplier of handheld
 sporting goods equipment. "Streamlining your supply chain operations to move
 products faster means nothing if you ship the wrong product because you have
 faulty synchronization with your ERP system."
     As part of the recent catalog upgrades, suppliers are able to update and
 edit product and pricing information directly through a Web browser.  Detailed
 electronic product data fields, including selection, style and item codes,
 color and price, eliminate costly errors associated with paper-based
 purchasing, logistics and fulfillment processes and streamline the order
 fulfillment and delivery process for both buyer and supplier.
     "The new features to our catalog offering were designed to accommodate the
 very specific and unique needs of small- and mid-sized suppliers," said Jim
 Frome, SPS Commerce executive vice president and chief strategy officer.  "For
 a large retailer to accomplish 100 percent supply chain connectivity with
 trading partners of all sizes, targeted technology, a proven process and
 dedicated resources are essential.  Through our hosted Internet service, we
 are able to provide retailers with a solution that fits both their buying
 needs while also meeting the fulfillment requirements of their many small- and
 mid-sized suppliers."
     As the catalog is designed specifically for use with a supplier's existing
 customer base, suppliers are able to securely grant unique access rights,
 product pricing and order information to their catalog and its fields for each
 individual retailer.  Multiple catalog search methods also simplify navigation
 for buyers across individual and aggregated catalogs.
     "With its catalog services, SPS Commerce is addressing the problem of
 supplier enablement, which has been a significant obstacle to the progress of
 Internet-based procurement automation," said Aberdeen Group Research Director
 Robert Dorin.  "SPS' Catalog Service focuses on large retailers and the many
 small- and mid-sized suppliers they rely on - suppliers who lack the
 technology wherewithal to enable themselves for
 e-Commerce."
     To assist retailers and suppliers in the management and improvement of
 e-commerce transactions and B-to-B catalog offerings, SPS Commerce has also
 added new Supplier Management and Online Training tools to its hosted Internet
 services.  Via the Web-based partnership program, large buyers can view the
 status of all supplier relationships and communications conducted via
 SPSCommerce.net.  The new online training service enables suppliers to quickly
 and easily begin using the transaction and catalog services without
 sacrificing the customized and collaborative training components essential for
 a successful training program.
 
     About SPS Commerce
     SPS Commerce is the leading Supply Chain Integration Service provider.
 The Company specializes in helping large enterprises optimize their supply
 chains by providing transaction management, application integration and supply
 chain services to their small- and mid-size trading partners via a hosted
 Internet service.  It has helped key enterprises, including Sears Roebuck &
 Co., Kmart, Target Corp., Cisco Systems, Walgreen Co. and Dura Automotive,
 electronically enable and integrate over 25,000 small and mid-sized trading
 partners into their e-supply chain.  SPS Commerce is headquartered in St.
 Paul, MN.  For more information, visit the Company at www.spscommerce.com or
 call (651) 603-4400.
     SPS Commerce and the SPS Commerce logo are the property of SPS Commerce,
 Inc.  All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective
 holders.
 
      Contacts:
      Amy Spychalla                       Bob Collins
      SPS Commerce                        Sterling Hager, Inc.
      651-603-4400                        617-926-6665 x231
      aspychalla@spscommerce.com          bob@sterlinghager.com
 
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SOURCE SPS Commerce
    ST. PAUL, Minn., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SPS Commerce, the leading Supply
 Chain Integration Service provider, today announced that it has upgraded its
 business-to-business catalog services to improve e-commerce transactions
 between large buyers and their small- and mid-sized (SME) suppliers.
     SPS' Catalog Service has been enhanced to provide retailers with a
 browser-based development tool to create customized synchronization agents
 that pull new and updated supplier product content into their back-end ERP
 systems. The service has also added browser-based, self-service features that
 provide small- and mid-sized suppliers with a cost-effective solution to load
 and update detailed product and shipping specifications into the
 SPSCommerce.net product data repository.
     While traditional electronic catalogs are designed to streamline supply
 chain operations among large companies and their large suppliers, SPS'
 upgraded catalog offerings are designed specifically for smaller enterprises
 that have traditionally exchanged product information with the large buyers
 via phone, fax or mail.  Suppliers who use SPS' hosted Internet catalog
 service pay a low, flat monthly fee with flexible contract terms and seasonal
 conditions, making adoption affordable and seamless to implement.
     "We have used several online catalogs as directed by customers, and have
 found SPS Commerce by far the easiest to maintain and use.  None of the other
 catalogs that we use has the ability to 'mass upload' our product information;
 rather, most require an online form to be filled out, field by field, in order
 to populate the catalog with the required information," said Guy Brigman,
 information systems manager for Altus Athletic, a supplier of handheld
 sporting goods equipment. "Streamlining your supply chain operations to move
 products faster means nothing if you ship the wrong product because you have
 faulty synchronization with your ERP system."
     As part of the recent catalog upgrades, suppliers are able to update and
 edit product and pricing information directly through a Web browser.  Detailed
 electronic product data fields, including selection, style and item codes,
 color and price, eliminate costly errors associated with paper-based
 purchasing, logistics and fulfillment processes and streamline the order
 fulfillment and delivery process for both buyer and supplier.
     "The new features to our catalog offering were designed to accommodate the
 very specific and unique needs of small- and mid-sized suppliers," said Jim
 Frome, SPS Commerce executive vice president and chief strategy officer.  "For
 a large retailer to accomplish 100 percent supply chain connectivity with
 trading partners of all sizes, targeted technology, a proven process and
 dedicated resources are essential.  Through our hosted Internet service, we
 are able to provide retailers with a solution that fits both their buying
 needs while also meeting the fulfillment requirements of their many small- and
 mid-sized suppliers."
     As the catalog is designed specifically for use with a supplier's existing
 customer base, suppliers are able to securely grant unique access rights,
 product pricing and order information to their catalog and its fields for each
 individual retailer.  Multiple catalog search methods also simplify navigation
 for buyers across individual and aggregated catalogs.
     "With its catalog services, SPS Commerce is addressing the problem of
 supplier enablement, which has been a significant obstacle to the progress of
 Internet-based procurement automation," said Aberdeen Group Research Director
 Robert Dorin.  "SPS' Catalog Service focuses on large retailers and the many
 small- and mid-sized suppliers they rely on - suppliers who lack the
 technology wherewithal to enable themselves for
 e-Commerce."
     To assist retailers and suppliers in the management and improvement of
 e-commerce transactions and B-to-B catalog offerings, SPS Commerce has also
 added new Supplier Management and Online Training tools to its hosted Internet
 services.  Via the Web-based partnership program, large buyers can view the
 status of all supplier relationships and communications conducted via
 SPSCommerce.net.  The new online training service enables suppliers to quickly
 and easily begin using the transaction and catalog services without
 sacrificing the customized and collaborative training components essential for
 a successful training program.
 
     About SPS Commerce
     SPS Commerce is the leading Supply Chain Integration Service provider.
 The Company specializes in helping large enterprises optimize their supply
 chains by providing transaction management, application integration and supply
 chain services to their small- and mid-size trading partners via a hosted
 Internet service.  It has helped key enterprises, including Sears Roebuck &
 Co., Kmart, Target Corp., Cisco Systems, Walgreen Co. and Dura Automotive,
 electronically enable and integrate over 25,000 small and mid-sized trading
 partners into their e-supply chain.  SPS Commerce is headquartered in St.
 Paul, MN.  For more information, visit the Company at www.spscommerce.com or
 call (651) 603-4400.
     SPS Commerce and the SPS Commerce logo are the property of SPS Commerce,
 Inc.  All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective
 holders.
 
      Contacts:
      Amy Spychalla                       Bob Collins
      SPS Commerce                        Sterling Hager, Inc.
      651-603-4400                        617-926-6665 x231
      aspychalla@spscommerce.com          bob@sterlinghager.com
 
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