XPORTA Hosts Workshop

Global sourcing conference to bring sourcing management leaders up to date on field

Santa Clara, CA — May 5, 2003 — Global sourcing solutions provider XPORTA Inc. today announced doubled attendance for its third Global Sourcing Leadership workshop scheduled for May 6 and 7 in Pittsburgh, compared to the first event that took place in January this year. According to the company, the workshop offers courses concerning the complex economics of international trade, as well as how to apply the provider's Global Sourcing Methodology to an attendee's operations.

The sourcing management audience at the workshop in Pittsburgh tomorrow will include leaders from Alcoa, Fisher Scientific, International Truck and Engine Corp., Motorola and Rockwell International. XPORTA said it would give the manufacturing executives basic and advanced training to get up to speed and be productive in the field of global sourcing.

"All of the companies invited to attend our sourcing leadership meetings are known for their disciplined business management and ability to maintain a strong market position despite the faltering global economy," said Dave Horne, XPORTA CEO. "We are pleased to play a role in sustaining their leadership positions."

Boston-based analyst firm AMR Research released figures that indicate the procurement and sourcing solution industries are in growth mode. "Seventeen percent of the companies that don't have sourcing and procurement applications plan to implement [them] over the next year — a market growth of 12 percent, up from $1.65 billion in 2002 to $1.83 billion in 2003," said Pierre Mitchell, an AMR vice president.