Arrow Launches Online Community

Electronics firm taps Viacore's integration services to create network with trading partners

Tempe, AZ  September 17, 2002  Arrow Electronics today rolled out what it is calling the electronics distribution industry's first large-scale, machine-to-machine, real-time communication network.

Arrow Electronics, headquartered in Melville, N.Y., is one of the world's largest distributors of electronic components and computer products and a provider of services to the electronics industry.

Arrow is using private community integration services from Viacore to speed the development of its Arrow Connects! network, which is intended to deliver the benefits of real-time information to Arrow's trading partners.

The intent is for information shared via Arrow's integrated community to provide real-time visibility into supply chain business processes, resulting in improved short- and long-term inventory controls and increased overall supply chain efficiencies.

The electronics company says that its private trading network will be available in October 2002, with an initial focus on design win and purchase order processes. Arrow plans to expand the offering into additional business areas as the community grows.

"Arrow Electronics is committed to improving information flow in the technology distribution industry by using communication standards like RosettaNet on a massive scale and delivering real-time information to our trading partners," said Paul Katz, vice president for digital supply chain solutions at Arrow.

Viacore, a specialist in inter-business integration, will support Arrow's community planning activities and provide network enablement and operations services through its BusinessTone integration services. This will include implementation of connections, data integrity management, network security and data translation between a variety of XML standards and protocols, such as RosettaNet Partner Interface Processes.