Staples Offers 30-Day Integration

Providing tools to link customers' e-procurement platforms to office supplier's systems

Framingham, MA  March 20, 2002  Office supply giant Staples this week said it is taking its process for e-procurement integration online, enabling corporate customers using systems such as Ariba and Commerce One to integrate office supply procurement into those systems in less than 30 days.

Staples said it is going to work with companies to integrate, Staples' B2B e-commerce solution, with the companies' e-procurement system.

The online integration process, conducted via the Web site, could reduce e-procurement system integration costs for office supplies by 10 percent to 15 percent and cut implementation times by more than 30 percent, according to Staples.

The online process, to be available to corporate customers with no additional costs or fees, is scheduled to launch in April.

"Companies with large investments in e-procurement systems are looking to get suppliers up and running as cost efficiently and quickly as possible," said Lisa Hamblet, vice president of B2B e-commerce for Staples. The new Staples service should help companies minimize the time, effort and costs spent on utilizing their e-procurement system of choice for office supplies, Hamblet added.

The site offers project management tools, a graphically driven implementation path and implementation accelerator based on webMethods, resource estimation guides and a helpdesk. The site also includes templates that facilitate integration with Staples back-end systems.