Exel Selects Mercator

Logistics specialist taps integration solution to link multiple systems in global supply chain infrastructure

Tempe, AZ  December 6, 2002  Supply chain manager Exel has tapped applications provider Mercator Software to provide solutions for integrating the multiple systems that make up its global supply chain infrastructure.

Berkshire, U.K.-based Exel is a supply chain management specialist, providing logistics solutions that integrate freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution services for a wide range of companies. Exel has over 60,000 employees in 1,300 locations across 120 countries.

The company will use Mercator's Integration Broker to replace numerous point-to-point interfaces with global integration hubs, enabling Exel to reduce the costs and time associated with integrating client's supply chains and thereby ultimately lowering the total cost of ownership.

Exel will use Mercator to handle a multitude of application-to-application (A2A) and B2B scenarios from its single integration platform. These scenarios will include converting multiple message types into a variety of electronic data interchange (EDI) formats and enhancing Exel's ability to provide supply chain visibility.

Nigel Underwood, global chief information officer at Exel, said: "One of the key elements of our new integration service is its ability to quickly meet the constant demands of our customers. Mercator gives us that flexibility and has the ability to adapt to the growing demands of our infrastructure."