Union Pacific Railroad Achieves Rapid Deployment with Clarus eProcurement(TM)
Production Deployment in only 100 days
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ATLANTA – December 4, 2001 – Clarus Corporation (CLRS) announced today that Union Pacific Railroad (UP), the largest railroad in North America, has achieved production deployment with Clarus eProcurement in 100 days. The first transaction was an office supply order with Boise Cascade, one of the buyer-managed catalogs that Union Pacific has access to under the new system.
In addition to the Boise Cascade catalog, UP’s initial implementation includes catalogs from Comark, Dell, Snap on Tools, Software Plus, GESCO, Better Business World and an internal stock material catalog that is expected to grow to 60,000 items. The system is integrated into separate stock and non-stock material systems. Over the coming months, UP plans to aggressively expand users and add additional supplier catalogs. UP plans to deploy the system to the majority of its 50,000 employees.
“It was our goal to implement a procurement solution that would integrate easily with our other systems and be accessible to the bulk of our employees,” said Tom Holmes, director of e-Supply Chain, Union Pacific Railroad. “We chose Clarus eProcurement for its proven track record of success and expect to see a fast reduction in our procurement costs.”
Union Pacific is one of the founding members of RailMarketplace.com, a consortium of mainline North American railroads formed to leverage supply chain efficiencies that are available through collaborative technologies.
“We are pleased that UP has achieved production deployment in only 100 days,” said Steve Hornyak, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Clarus. “It is further validation of our belief that by implementing Clarus e-commerce solutions, companies are able to attain measurable returns more quickly with a low cost of ownership and risk.”
Clarus has proven success with the rail industry, having assisted the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company(BNSF) with its internal procurement initiatives last year. Clarus and Deloitte & Touche (D&T) Management Solutions teamed for the rapid production deployment at UP. The Clarus technology, designed to be managed by business users - not teams of programmers, and the proven, repeatable supplier enablement methodologies employed by Clarus and D&T, allowed the comprehensive and rapid implementation.
About Deloitte & Touche
Deloitte & Touche, one of the nation’s leading professional services firms, provides assurance, advisory, tax, and management consulting services through 30,000 people in more than 100 U.S. cities. The firm is dedicated to helping its clients and its people excel. Known as an employer of choice for innovative human resources programs, Deloitte & Touche has been recognized as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For in America” by Fortune magazine for four consecutive years. Deloitte & Touche is part of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, one of the world’s leading professional services firms, with more than 90,000 people in over 130 countries.
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About Union Pacific Corporation
Union Pacific Corporation is one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, is the largest railroad in North America, covering 23 states across the western two-thirds of the United States. A strong focus on quality and a strategically advantageous route structure enables the company to serve customers in critical and fast growing markets. It is the leading carrier of low-sulfur coal used in electrical power generation and has broad coverage of the large chemical-producing areas along the Gulf Coast. With competitive long-haul routes between all West Coast ports and eastern gateways and as the only railroad to serve all six major gateways to Mexico, Union Pacific has the premier rail franchise in North America. The corporation also owns Overnite Transportation, a nationwide less-than-truckload carrier, and Fenix, a group of technology companies.
Atlanta-based Clarus Corporation (NASDAQ: CLRS, www.claruscorp.com) is a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce software and services that are designed to deliver rapid, measurable returns to the mainstream marketplace. Clarus offers a complete e-commerce solution that optimizes the entire buying and selling process, from sourcing to procurement to invoicing and payment, delivering affordable, flexible systems that can be deployed rapidly. Clarus products are built exclusively on the Microsoft.NET platform, making them easy to implement, manage, and integrate with existing and future IT infrastructures. Clarus solutions have garnered many prestigious awards, including Microsoft's 2000 Global eCommerce Solution of the Year. Clarus solutions are deployed at approximately 200 customer sites including: the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company, Cox Enterprises, MasterCard International, Union Pacific Corporation, MetLife, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, and Wachovia Corporation.
THIS PRESS RELEASE CONTAINS FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 28A OF THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933 AND SECTION 21E OF THE EXCHANGE ACT. ACTUAL RESULTS COULD DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE PROJECTED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AS A RESULT OF CERTAIN RISKS INCLUDING THAT THE IMPLEMENTATION AND DEPLOYMENT OF EPROCUREMENT WITH UP MAY NOT BE EXPANDED AS CURRENTLY ANTICIPATED, THAT EPROCUREMENT MANY NOT INTEGRATE EASILY WITH UP’s OTHER SYSTEMS, OR THAT THE BENEFITS TO UP FROM DEPLOYMENT OF EPROCUREMENT, SUCH AS A RAPID REDUCTION IN PROCUREMENT COSTS, MAY NOT OCCUR AS EXPECTED.
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