GXS Delivers Order Lifecycle Visibility to John Crane

Sunbury, United Kingdom — 18 February 2005 — GXS™, a leading provider of B2B e-commerce solutions, today announced that John Crane has selected the company to provide a full-service outsourcing and supplier portal program. The program will allow John Crane, the acknowledged technology leader and the world’s largest manufacturer of mechanical sealing products, to communicate and manage forecasts and shipments with its suppliers.

The OLV solution, an online supplier portal and an integrated part of the GXS Trading Grid®, will provide John Crane’s internal buyers and planners, as well as its external suppliers, with online forecasts, acknowledgements and electronic shipment notice creation and visibility. The solution will also bring together John Crane’s internal Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system with its Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and non-EDI compliant suppliers. This arrangement will enable John Crane and its suppliers to achieve substantial performance gains, especially in personnel productivity and planning accuracy. To set up and train partners on the solution, John Crane will also utilise the full range of GXS’ Community Link, a trading partner enabling solution that includes community outreach, education and testing.

“Because of the dynamic nature of John Crane’s business and our long history with GXS, the OLV solution made sense for us,” said Guy Hagen, purchasing manager for John Crane. “We wanted an automated, affordable solution for communicating information such as forecasts and changes with our small to medium size suppliers. At the same time we were looking to provide our buyers and planners with detailed visibility across all suppliers regardless of EDI or Web-based formats. OLV easily provides that cost-effective connectivity and centralised source of information and control that simply cannot be achieved through traditional means such as the manual exchange of emails, faxes and phone calls.”

With OLV, John Crane and its suppliers will achieve tangible benefits including:

  • Improved productivity through electronic communication with suppliers, thereby freeing personnel to focus on core business activities
  • Improved order fill rates by giving planners advance notice of potential short ships and missed delivery dates so alternate sourcing arrangements can be made
  • Strengthened relationships with suppliers, thereby increasing product quality and on-time delivery
    Reduced costs in exchanging documents electronically, enabling John Crane and its suppliers to reinvest in value-added opportunities
  • The OLV service further benefits John Crane by enabling the company to meet the electronic document exchange requirements of its key automotive OEM customers.

    “The GXS Trading Grid and solutions such as OLV were designed specifically for companies like John Crane and its supplier community, who need to easily automate and manage business processes extending outside the four walls of the enterprise,” said Michael Del Sarto, director of collabouritive solutions at GXS. “OLV will provide John Crane with a robust hosted solution, configured to their unique needs, without all the hassles and headaches of trading partner connectivity and software management.”

    Increasingly, companies are switching to the Trading Grid and OLV because of the proven ability to connect to trading partners around the corner, and around the world, and automate manual steps across the forecast to pay process. Large numbers of companies recognise that existing ERP software and homegrown solutions do not come close to matching the rapid success and affordability of GXS OLV.

    About John Crane
    John Crane is the acknowledged technology leader and the world’s largest manufacturer of Mechanical Seals and associated products. With a workforce of over 6,000 people in over 50 countries, we provide an unrivalled global presence combined with personalised local service and support. John Crane offers a comprehensive range of engineered mechanical seals and sealing support systems, mechanical packing, power transmission couplings and centralised lubrication systems under the brand names John Crane, Sealol, Safematic, Flexibox, Metastream, Powerstream, and Lemco. These products are sold widely into rotating equipment applications in Petroleum, Chemical, Pharmaceutical, Pulp & Paper, Power Generation, Food & Beverage, Mining & Minerals, Transportation, Industrial, Water & Waste, Refrigeration, Automotive, and Appliance markets. For more information, visit www.johncrane.com.

    About GXS Trading Grid
    GXS Trading Grid® is a globally-accessible, real-time platform for business process networking. Trading Grid helps customers automate global trading communities by shielding complexity from rapidly-changing standards, eliminating manual and duplicative efforts, and enabling a new level of process integration and business intelligence. Through direct integration with GXS’ Trading Grid, both large and small customers can extend existing ERP investments and cost-effectively achieve new levels of collabouration and business success. For more information on Trading Grid, visit: www.gxs.com/TradingGrid.

    About GXS
    GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collabouration. Organisations worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage GXS Trading Grid® to achieve balance between supply and demand. Active in the global standards arena, GXS solutions enable customers both large and small, to connect with global partners, synchronise product information, optimise inventory levels and demand forecasts, and accelerate the execution of supply chains.

    Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS provides sales and support to businesses and their partners worldwide. For more information about GXS visit www.gxs.co.uk.