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EC-Gate successfully delivers e-marketplace solution to Supplair.com to streamline the global in-flight food service supply chain

22nd May, 2001 - EC-Gate, a global provider of business-to-business e-marketplace solutions, announced today the successful delivery of a private e-marketplace solution to Supplair.com, the first B2B e-marketplace offering a complete set of support services to the in-flight food service industry. Founded by industry professionals, Supplair.com provides a global communications gateway for all participants in the in-flight food services and cabin supplies industry.

Supplair.com’s trading platform is based on EC-Gate’s Marketplace Suite, and provides Supplair.com participants with global access to order status, easy-to-use order functionality, and improved visibility and communication throughout the supply chain. The Supplair.com e-marketplace, which is operating with substantial trading traffic since its launch in December 2000, currently connects more than 40 caterers and their clients at 30 different European airports. Current participants include some of the largest airlines in the world, all major caterers, and vendors such as Heineken, Nestlé Food Services, Coca-Cola and Heinz. Supplair.com is currently planning the roll out of services for the USA, UK and Asian markets.

“EC-Gate offered not only the technology but a real business solution that was far more realistic and cost-effective than any we’d seen in the marketplace,” said Jaap Roukens, Director of Sales & Product Development, Supplair.com. “Through their ongoing commitment and cooperation, EC-Gate was able to craft a user-friendly solution that meets the needs of all parties in the Supplair.com marketplace – airlines, caterers, vendors and Supplair.com.”
Supplair.com offers distinct benefits to each group of users:

Airlines:

· Online access to inventory levels and other statistical data throughout the supply chain

· Ability to source products globally and efficiently

· Easy access to vendors for quotations and product samples

· Efficient and cost effective international distribution

· Tool to improved savings on purchasing goods

· Greater control in supply chain management

Caterers:

· A simplified ordering process via easy-to-use order functionalities

· Improved time management through ability to quickly and easily monitor order status and review past orders

· Virtual elimination of order errors

Suppliers / Vendors:

· Improved access to a larger potential market

· Effective promotion of products leading to increased sales

“Our work with Supplair.com testifies to our ability to address the specific dynamics of any industry we service,” said Karl Rothweiler, Vice President Sales & Marketing, EC-Gate. “The kind of supply chain transparency that Supplair.com brings to the in-flight food service industry will simplify and reduce administrative and transaction costs and attract others within the industry to use this marketplace.”

About Supplair.com

Supplair.com is the first e-marketplace offering a complete support service to the in-flight foodservice industry. It provides a streamlined user-specific trading platform and seamless global supply-chain management system including tailor-made distribution services. Supplair.com offers in-flight food service decision makers a treasure of vendor and product information available online. At the same time it offers vendors direct and global access to this highly interesting market segment. For more information please visit http://www.supplair.com.

About EC-Gate

Established in 1997, EC-Gate builds and hosts business-to-business e-marketplaces for individual companies and entire industries. With dual headquarters in the Netherlands and Canada, EC-Gate offers a wide array of global, scaleable services through an easy-to-use Internet interface. EC-Gate solutions are based on proven, pre-configured components that ensure clients are up and running quickly. A recognized leader in wireless technology, EC-Gate solutions offer seamless wired and wireless access any time, anywhere. For more information, visit the EC-Gate Web site at http://www.ec-gate.com.

Contact information:

EC-Gate
Louise Dolfing
Amsterdam
+31 20 409 4440
louised@ec-gate.com

Supplair.com
Jaap Roukens
Amsterdam
+31 20 305 7560
jaap@supplair.com

Golin/Harris
Nicola Garrett
London
+44 20 7898 3427
ngarrett@golinharris.com

Cathy May
London
+44 20 7898 3432
cmay@golinharris.com






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