German Manufacturer of Flexible Couplings and Sleeve Spring Dampers to Streamline Processes for Conducting Business Between Customers, Suppliers and Subsidiaries
BRACKNELL, UK, (March 13, 2002) - Blue Martini Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLUE) today announced that Vulkan-Group, the leading global manufacturer of flexible couplings and sleeve spring dampers used in marine, industrial and off-road applications, has selected Blue Martini Manufacturing for its business-to-business portals. The new portals will enable Vulkan-Group to cut costs and streamline processes for conducting business globally between its customers, suppliers and subsidiary companies. Genuity Professional Services (formerly Integra) will be providing implementation services.
Vulkan-Group has a wide range of customers across multiple industries around the globe, as well as a complex product catalogue. Its products are used in multiple applications, including ship and boat propulsion, power take-off and auxiliary systems, generator drives, drives for rail vehicles, and drives for industrial applications. The Vulkan-Group business-to-business portals will allow manufacturers to request quotes, manage their contracts and buy products online, as well as offer sales promotions capabilities, product and marketing information. With Blue Martini Manufacturing, Vulkan-Group will be able to provide targeted product catalogues to its customers, tailored to industry, contract and role, fully integrated with Baan and JD Edwards.
"We went through an extensive evaluation of vendors and found that Blue Martini Manufacturing was ideally suited for our channel management and commerce requirements, and offered the fastest time-to-benefit," said Markus Falz, managing director IT at Vulkan-Group. "Because of the out-of-the-box content management, product management, personalisation, e-commerce and analytics functionality that Blue Martini Software provides, we will not have to buy and then integrate multiple point solutions."
Vulkan-Group also wanted to improve the flow of information between its subsidiary organisations, and in turn to its customers, by leveraging Blue Martini Software's easy-to-use content and catalogue management capabilities. Vulkan-Group employees, across subsidiary, will be able to quickly and easily update product information on the portals. Vulkan-Group will also enable its suppliers, who provide it with raw materials, to have visibility into the sales-demand for its products to ensure timely product delivery. Suppliers will be able to add comments about purchase orders, and see everything from status of payables to inventory and commodity management.
"Vulkan-Group has demanding customers such as Caterpillar who require smooth operational processes and information delivery that are tailored to their requirements and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week," said Uwe Weimer, managing director for Blue Martini Software Germany. "Our applications were designed to handle Vulkan-Group's complex requirements, combined with easy-to-use catalogue and content management, and able to integrate with its multiple back-end systems."
Vulkan-Group plans to initially deploy the portals in Germany, and will rollout four other languages across five countries in the second half of the year.
Vulkan-Group is an international company working in the field of transmission technology since 1889. In the head office in Herne, Germany and in more than 17 subsidiaries around the world, Vulkan-Group manufactures and sells couplings and dampers for various applications. Based on customer and application orientated innovations in connection with extensive field experiences, Vulkan-Group is a competent partner in the field of transmission technology. Besides this Vulkan-Group is also active in the fields of steel fibres, pipe connections and steel shots.
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