Westminster, CO September 9, 2002 Japan Railway East, Japan's largest passenger railway company, has launched an enterprisewide e-procurement system using the Japanese-language edition of a content management solution from Requisite Technology.
JR East plans to use Requisite's eMerge Content Management System to better manage its burgeoning corporate procurement catalog, which is expected to include more than 150,000 product and service items this year.
Infrastructure management is central to the continued success of JR East, whose 78,000 employees each day serve more than 16 million passengers with 7,538 kilometers of track.
Rather than outsourcing its catalog, the railway selected Requisite's solution to take advantage of efficiency gains that result from having full control of its content, according to the solution provider. JR East is working on the project with Requisite's master reseller in Japan, Mitsui & Co.
Within the first week of implementation, the Mitsui-Requisite team successfully deployed the content management system and activated nearly 50,000 items from the JR East production catalog.
In other news, Requisite and Mitsui announced an agreement with TIS, one of Japan's largest systems integrators, with 2001 sales of more than $1.14 billion. TIS, which is looking to offer solutions for direct and indirect procurement, will incorporate Requisite's eMerge solution into its own offering.
In addition, Requisite-Mitsui announced today the addition of three major suppliers to the roster of companies using the Requisite Supplier Hub in Japan: Sumisho Grainger, Fuji Xerox Office Supply and BizNet.
The Supplier Hub offers a hosted environment that suppliers can use to create, manage and distribute online catalog content for use in multiple e-business and procurement systems.