UNIPART'S UFULFIL.COM SIGNS UP GLOBAL E-FULFILMENT TEAM Wednesday 31 January 2001 PDF Print ufulfil.com the e-fulfilment arm of leading distribution and logistics specialist Unipart, has signed a major set of agreements with three new technology partners IBM, Manugistics, and Industri-Matematik(IMI). The new relationships will enable ufulfil.com to offer a complete range of e-fulfillment services to international businesses and will bring new capabilities to ufulfil.com's extensive e-fulfillment offering. ufulfil.com was formed to apply Unipart's vast experience in the areas of logistics, distribution fulfillment and supplier relationship management to e-commerce. It provides one of the most complete ranges of e-commerce services from the design and development of transactional websites through customer relationship management and supply chain management to the delivery of product to the end customer at a time and place that suits their needs. IBM will provide ufulfil.com with the most up to date software solutions to host e-commerce sites on the web environment. Based on IBM's industry-leading WebSphere Commerce Suite e-platform, this open standards-based system will allow ufulfil.com to rapidly deploy and personalise new commerce services which can be scaled to meet any organisations need to grow their services as demand from customers increases. In addition, IBM Global Services, the world's largest information technology services provider, will provide ufulfil.com with additional resources to co-establish a centre of excellence for planned ufulfil.com business areas. This showcase will act as a business development, sales and marketing vehicle and will create ufilfil.com's solutions base for other clients. IBM Global Services will also help staff and create ufulfil.com's solutions factory - a team of individuals with the resources to design, build and implement ufulfil.com client solutions. This team will be based at either Unipart, IBM or client sites, and will develop and manage generic solutions for individual market sectors. "IBM is delighted to be teaming with ufulfil.com in such a rapidly changing industry," said David Stokes, VP Sales, IBM WebSphere Northern Europe. "By taking WebSphere as one of the key components for the new services, ufulfil.com are treading a proven path towards future expansion. Together, we will continue to innovate and bring new levels of efficiency and cost savings to the market." ufulfil.com's relationship with Manugistics, one of the world's leading providers of collaborative planning and network management tools, will provide both software and resources. ufulfil.com will use these to enhance the visibility of customer orders and events within the developing supply networks which will allow customers to guarantee lead times and manage customer orders more proactively. The greater visibility of events in the supply chain will also enable ufulfil.com and its trading partners to increase the effectiveness of the supply chain by showing up any inefficiencies so that they can be removed. Commenting on the announcement, Greg Owens, Chairman Designate and Chief Executive Officer of Manugistics said: "The range and depth of this new collaboration promises to link ufulfil.com's knowledge and operational experience in logistics with Manugistics' deep expertise in network planning and collaborative execution to produce an attractive solution for any business implementing a web-based trading model." "The strength of the agreements announced today, is built around each organisation bringing together existing working relationships and products and then using this knowledge to establish the ufulfil.com proposition as one with real operational capability built upon Unipart's clear expertise in multi tier supply chain solutions" The agreement with Industri-Matematik, a leading supplier of global fulfilment and customer service solutions for e-business, will also provide both software and resources to ufulfil.com. Industri-Matematik will provide its VIVALDITM product which supports operations in sales order processing, warehousing and customer relationship management (CRM). The VIVALDITM product together with Industri-Matematik's resources will enable ufulfil.com to develop a rapid start up software package for customers entering the e-commerce market that can be developed in stages to more sophisticated levels of functionality as the customer requires. At its most sophisticated the software will offer complete visibility of customer orders within the supply chain with advanced functions that will facilitate the proactive management of customer orders through the supply chain in the event of any changes in circumstances to that order. According to John Geraci, chief operating officer of Industri-Matematik International Corp: "Fast efficient fulfilment services drive competitive advantage in e-business. By leveraging the collaborative logistics capabilities of VIVALDI, ufulfil.com's initiative will enable companies to coordinate their supply chain operations across trading communities to satisfy customer demand, quickly and reliably." Editors notes: ufulfil.com A member of the Unipart Group of Companies, ufulfil.com offers a wide-ranging set of business solutions for the SME, Corporate and e-Marketplace sectors. These solutions include, web services, customer and supplier relationship management (CRM/SRM), warehousing and logistics, procurement and inventory management, processing, and management of returns. For any e-business company, ufulfil.com will deliver real world capabilities in the areas of inventory management, procurement, supply chain management, supplier development, warehousing, logistics and CRM. For "bricks and mortar" companies seeking to capture benefits from Internet capability, ufulfil.com can enable the delivery of highly customised products on demand. Using tried and tested e-commerce implementation methods, the company can harness the physical delivery capability of the Unipart Group to enable direct, rapid and guaranteed shipment to customers through a vast delivery channel worldwide. For more information visit http://www.ufulfil.com Contact: Debbie Daly, Group Communications Officer Tel: 01865-383068 e-mail: email@example.com About IBM IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM Software offers the widest range of applications, middleware and operating systems for all types of computing platforms, allowing customers to take full advantage of the new era of e-business. The fastest way to get more information about IBM software is through the IBM Software home page at http://www.software.ibm.com IBM Global Services is the world's largest information technology services provider, with 1999 revenues of approximately $32.2 billion. Services is the fastest growing part of IBM, with more than 138,000 professionals operating in 160 countries. IBM Global Services integrates all of IBM's capabilities - services, hardware, software and research - to help companies of all sizes realise the full value of information technology. For more information visit: http://www.ibm.com/services Contact: Roger Warner IBM Tel: 020 72026299 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Jonathan Batty/Tracey Farrant Brodeur Worldwide Tel: 01753 790701 Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Industri-Matematik International: "VIVALDI" is a trademark of Industri-Matematik International Corp. Other product and company names may be the trademarks of their respective owners. This press release was distributed by ResponseSource Press Release Wire on behalf of Pleon in the following categories: Consumer Technology, Personal Finance, Business & Finance, Computing & Telecoms, for more information visit https://pressreleasewire.responsesource.com/about.