Sterling Commerce announced Wednesday it will provide COMMERCEInteract, a secure Web-based catalog and ordering system for business-to-business transactions, to Zellerbach, A Mead Company. Zellerbach provides products and services to the industrial supply, printing, and packaging markets.
COMMERCEInteract will enable Zellerbach customers to use either Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer to search product information and place orders, with payment accepted via credit card. Transaction information will be integrated into Zellerbach’s back office system via electronic data interchange (EDI). The initial target market for the Web-based service is several hundred Zellerbach customers in the hospitality and healthcare industries.
“This product will help us reach out via the World Wide Web with a solution that helps reduce current channel costs,” said David Wallace, manager, customer technology solutions for Zellerbach. “In addition, we can capitalize on our existing electronic commerce investment, since the information from COMMERCEInteract will be seamlessly integrated into our ongoing order and inventory management systems.”
Components of COMMERCEInteract to be utilized by Zellerbach include
* Text and graphical catalogs, enabling customers to browse product and pricing information
* Order placement and management capability for Zellerbach’s full line of printing, packaging, and industrial supply items
* Administrative and maintenance tools for easy updating of catalog information, and customized levels of access for customers to meet Zellerbach’s business requirements
Data transmissions for COMMERCEInteract are encrypted via Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol, and the Web site resides on a server in Sterling Commerce’s data center. Secure access and the EDI processing is handled via Sterling’s COMMERCENetwork.
“We are pleased to help Zellerbach positively impact its top and bottom lines while reaching customers more effectively,” said Paul L. H. Olson, president of Sterling Commerce’s Commerce Services Group. “This solution combines the Web’s ease of use with the reliability and security of COMMERCENetwork to help Zellerbach build, manage and improve the quality of relationships with its trading communities.”
Other major companies utilizing COMMERCEInteract to streamline their supply chain process include Owens Corning and Pirelli Cables North America. COMMERCEInteract is part of a comprehensive range of business solutions from Sterling Commerce that help companies effectively incorporate the Internet and World Wide Web into their electronic commerce programs.
Sterling Commerce is a leading, global provider of business-to-business electronic commerce software and value-added services. The company is ranked eighth on Forbes magazine’s list of the Best-Performing Small Companies in America. Also, The Red Herring, a magazine which covers the business of technology, named Sterling Commerce as one of the five Best Long-Term Potential technology companies. Sterling Commerce has been providing electronic commerce solutions for over 20 years, and has 36 office locations and more than 50 distributors worldwide. Sterling Commerce has over 37,000 customers and 1,700 employees worldwide, and 1997 revenues of over $350 million. For more information, visit the Sterling Commerce Web site at .
Zellerbach, a division of The Mead Corporation, is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio, with locations throughout the United States. A leading national sales and marketing company, Zellerbach provides value-added solutions and services for the printing, packaging and industrial supply markets. The company specializes in partnering with customers to determine their needs and provides cost-effective recommendations for their operations.
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