NEXCOM Targets Information Management

Navy Exchange Service Command taps provider for catalog and EDI messaging services

Navy Exchange Service Command taps provider for catalog and EDI messaging services

Richmond, CA — July 18, 2003 — QRS Corp. this week announced that the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) has extended its contract with QRS for five years, making QRS its provider of networking services and product information management solutions.

Under the agreement, NEXCOM said it would continue to use QRS Catalogue to centralize its product data and automate internal business processes and would use QRS Exchange to exchange business documents with its more than 4,000 trading partners.

QRS Catalogue allows manufacturers and suppliers to synchronize current product information on more than 90 million items with retailers in North America and Europe. QRS said the product would help NEXCOM increase UPC penetration. As a result, NEXCOM will have savings opportunities by rolling out QRS Catalogue to its entire trading community, according to QRS.

The QRS Exchange suite is designed to help customers manage retail supply chain communication and optimize business operations. QRS said it supports trading communities of any size, and over the past three years, NEXCOM has used the product and its access services to connect to over 1,800 suppliers.

NEXCOM said that with QRS and its electronic data interchange provider it would expand electronic communication to more of its 4,000 trading partners, which include general merchandise and apparel, hardline, health and beauty aid, and grocery suppliers. QRS said the exchange solution is able to support NEXCOM's most recent initiative to enable electronic communication with its financial trading community, in addition to its traditional merchandise suppliers, because it has the ability to transmit information in any format, including Banking Administration Industry standards.

"We needed a committed partner that supports the intricacies of our supplier relationships, the urgency of getting product to our customers and our expansion strategy all while helping us improve internal process efficiencies and improving our bottom line," said Eileen Cook, EDI coordinator, merchandise information systems group at NEXCOM. "Our successful track record with QRS made the company the best choice to be our catalogue and messaging services provider."