GXS Drives Supply Chain Development for SME’s at EDIFICE Plenary

Sunbury, United Kingdom March 2, 2011 — GXS™ the world’s leading provider of B2B e-commerce solutions, will be co-hosting the 113th EDIFICE Plenary with GXS customer STMicroelectronics.  GXS will present a keynote at the plenary, which takes place on Wednesday 2nd March and Thursday 3rd March in Paris, France. The theme for this plenary will focus on the demands of customers’ business models and B2B integration challenges.

Steve Keifer, GXS’ vice president of Industry and Product Marketing, will be delivering the keynote on ‘Differentiating the Customer Experience in a Teardown Economy’. The presentation will highlight how the high-tech industry is dominated by increasingly short product lifecycles and intense competition and will discuss ways in which companies can employ a flexible B2B e-commerce program to gain competitive advantage.

“As commoditisation of the supply chain increases, companies have come to feel that product differentiation is growing increasingly weak”, commented Steve Keifer. “As a result, more competition is now being enabled through superior processes and service solutions, than solely in products themselves. The 113th EDIFICE plenary will be a chance to debate the customer centric supply chain, including best practices for engaging partners in B2B processes, how to adapt to varying customer business models, and the customer technology preference such as web services, AS4, and OAGI standards.”

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.

“The sharing of experiences around the strategies and tools needed to differentiate customer experiences around B2B integration is important to the success of high tech organisations in 2011”, said Denise Oakley, vice chair of EDIFICE and international marketing director for GXS.  “ This EDIFICE plenary will enable member organisations to explore ways in which productivity and efficiency across their business can be improved.”

Details of the event are as follows:

Who: EDIFICE members
What: EDIFICE 113th Plenary Meeting
When: 2nd – 3rd March
Where: STMicroelectronics, Paris, France
Why: To discuss B2B e-commerce best practices and examine new industry trends and developments

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. GXS’s automotive customers include 80 percent of the Top 20 global OEMs and 82 percent of the world’s Top 100 suppliers. GXS participates in a number of automotive industry bodies around the world including North America’s Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) and Europe’s Odette and Galia associations. 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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Denise Oakley                                                
Marketing Programmes International, GXS                   
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