RAG American Coal Outsources EDI

Mining concern taps ADX to host electronic data interchange infrastructure, manage electronic connectivity to key suppliers

Newark, CA December 3, 2003 RAG American Coal Holding has selected supply chain integration solutions provider Advanced Data Exchange (ADX) to host its entire electronic data interchange (EDI) infrastructure and manage electronic connectivity to its key supplier base.

RAG American Coal, a subsidiary of RAG Coal International and one of the largest coal producers in the United States, operates underground and surface coal mines throughout the United States, including in Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wyoming.

ADX will provide RAG American Coal with on-network translation services to integrate over 300 suppliers, including approximately 90 EDI-enabled suppliers, with the goals of reducing errors, achieving greater efficiency, cutting costs and increasing profitability.

ADX said its outsourced solution will enable RAG to securely send a MIMS flat file to the ADX Network for translation into ADX's proprietary XML format. From there, the transaction may be translated into standard ANSI-X12 EDI and sent to EDI-enabled suppliers, or sent through the ADX Network to RAG suppliers equipped with ADX Desktop or WebAccess products.

These suppliers may then send back the appropriate response document electronically without an investment in EDI software or systems.

This latest deal for ADX follows a similar, recently announced relationship between ADX and DBT America, another subsidiary of RAG Coal International. ADX adds RAG and DBT to the list of its other mining and metals enterprise customers, including Arch Coal and Peabody Energy.