Sunbury, United Kingdom — October 11, 2005 — GXS™, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, today announced that Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM) has selected GXS Trading Grid® to streamline global supply chain transactions. Ingram Micro, the world’s largest technology distributor, serves reseller customers worldwide, distributing and supporting thousands of products from more than 1,400 technology manufacturers. GXS Trading Grid enables Ingram Micro to consolidate multiple B2B information exchange networks into a single, streamlined, centralised system for sharing supply chain data.
At the forefront of the global technology market, Ingram Micro selected GXS Trading Grid Messaging Services to help deliver the latest technologies and services to its worldwide customer base. GXS makes information exchange simple between business partners globally, regardless of technology standard used, be it Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), XML, RosettaNet or other proprietary standards. GXS Trading Grid Messaging Services run on GXS Trading Grid, a global integration services platform that enables and streamlines cross-enterprise business processes, easily moving critical data between varied environments and protocols.
“When evaluating solutions, we looked for a complete B2B solution that would combine business functionality with cost savings, seamless integration and ongoing support. We also needed a solution provider with a global presence that could facilitate information exchange with our customers and suppliers around the world,” said Karen Salem, chief information officer at Ingram Micro Inc. “Our search led us to GXS. Their Trading Grid solution supports the efficient sharing of information with our business partners, which is critical to Ingram Micro’s long-term success.”
GXS Trading Grid is used by more than 40,000 trading partners every day to support the exchange of goods and services. As a B2B service-oriented architecture, Trading Grid helps customers automate global trading communities by shielding them from the complexity from rapidly changing standards, eliminating manual and duplicative efforts and enabling a new level of process integration and business intelligence. Trading Grid Messaging Services facilitate the event-driven exchange of data between business partners by enabling companies to exchange information with business partners using a variety of protocols and document formats.
“To remain a market leader, Ingram Micro needed a reliable solution that provides efficient transaction management with a vast community of trading partners. In addition, the company needed a platform with plug-and-play business capabilities that position the company to recognise and implement innovations in supply chain management quickly and easily,” said Bobby Patrick, chief marketing officer at GXS. “GXS Trading Grid is a perfect fit for Ingram Micro, as it provides the robust functionality the company needs while allowing the efficient delivery of new services and solutions to customers and business partners.”
In today’s competitive marketplace, discrete manufacturing and high technology companies must make B2B communications compatible with multiple technology standards. GXS insulates companies from technology churn, while minimising the expense of supporting multiple standards by translating documents into the recipient’s preferred format. This allows companies to focus on core business operations while giving them the ability to trade seamlessly with any supplier or customer. In addition, technology OEM’s are pressuring business partners to achieve demand-driven supply chains with near real-time decision-making capabilities. GXS allows companies to automate information and process exchanges, while optimising internal processes. As a result, companies reduce expenses and time to market, conserve capital, manage inventory liability and support build-to-order methodologies. High technology manufacturing companies that rely on GXS to power their demand-driven supply chains include Actaris, AMI Semiconductor, Asia Pulp and Paper, Bsteel and National Instruments.
About Ingram Micro Inc.
As a vital link in the technology value chain, Ingram Micro creates sales and profitability opportunities for vendors and resellers through unique marketing programs, outsourced logistics services, technical support, financial services, and product aggregation and distribution. The company serves 100 countries and is the only global IT distributor with operations in Asia. Visit www.ingrammicro.com.
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.