GXS Leads SME Integration Discussion at 112th EDIFICE Plenary Event

Sunbury, United Kingdom — November 3rd, 2010 — GXS™, the world’s leading provider of B2B e-commerce solutions, is co-sponsoring the 112th EDIFICE Plenary on Wednesday 3rd November and Thursday 4th November in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The event’s theme is “B2B Readiness in Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Markets”.

Bobby Patrick, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at GXS, will present a keynote on “The SME Dilemma: Building Customised Supply Chains while Serving SME Markets.” Mr. Patrick will address the state of global trading partner collabouration, emphasising how rising supply chain complexity and costs and demands for 100% automation can be lowered through the use of B2B e-commerce solutions designed for SME trading partners.

“There’s a fundamental shift underway in the balance of power between trading partners,” said Bobby Patrick. “The latest research shows that 86% of supply chain executives expect an increase in complex requests from customers, while 87% agree that flexible B2B e-commerce programs enable them to differentiate on service. Buyers are increasingly requesting customised item setups (SKUs), more complex replenishment models and a range of shipping, logistics and warehousing models. As small suppliers adapt to these new demands, it’s important that we come together as an industry to analyse these changes, assess the constraints and identify the opportunities.”

EDIFICE, the European Network for B2B integration in High Tech Industries, provides a forum for European organisations to create standardised processes through best practices, information sharing and standards development. Each Plenary brings together companies interested in sharing ideas and best practices specifically within the technology market, including B2B standards, governance and legislation, ROI and business modeling.

“This EDIFICE plenary provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the strategies and tools needed to accelerate B2B SME adoption while maintaining supply chain flexibility,” said Denise Oakley, vice chair of EDIFICE and international marketing director at GXS. “Sharing best practices enables organisations of all sizes to identify new sources of sustainable competitive advantage enabling them to improve efficiency across the business.”

Details of the event are as follows:

What: EDIFICE 112th Plenary Meeting “B2B Readiness in Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Markets”
When: November 3 – 4, 2010
Where: Cisco, Haarlerbergpark, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Agenda: http://www.edifice.org/

About GXS
GXS is the world’s leading provider of B2B e-commerce solutions. The company’s software and services simplify and enhance how networks of businesses integrate business processes and collabourate among trading partners. Organisations worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, use GXS solutions to extend their supply chain networks, optimise product launches, automate warehouse receiving, manage electronic payments and gain supply chain visibility. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, GXS has operations and offices around the world. For more information, see http://www.gxs.co.uk, http://blogs.gxs.com and http://twitter.com/gxs.

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Media Contact:
Denise Oakley
Marketing Programmes International, GXS
Tel: +44 (0) 1932 776408 / +44 (0) 7768 537 481
denise.oakley@gxs.com