Covisint Updates Connectivity Solution

Touts Supplier Connection 2.0 as low-cost alternative to EDI

Detroit  March 13, 2002  Auto industry e-marketplace Covisint rolled out version 2.0 of its supplier connectivity solution, touting it as a low-cost option for suppliers that can't afford electronic data interchange (EDI) connections.

Covisint says its Supplier Connection 2.0, a Web-EDI solution, provides an alternative to automotive companies that today rely on manual methods of communication. Covisint customers, including those without EDI systems, can use the solution to electronically send and receive such supply chain documents as forecasts, shipping schedules and advance ship notices (ASNs) between trading partners.

A proprietary application, Supplier Connection 2.0 supports the differences between European and North American business processes for viewing demand requirements and developing ASNs, allowing global customers to support varying business processes with a single solution, according to the auto exchange.

The solution also extends support for such global document formats such as ANSI x 12, EDIFACT and Odette, and it allows customers to print bar code labels for packaging and shipping.

"This latest release of Supplier Connection underscores Covisint's commitment to provide products that can truly connect the global automotive supply chain," said Shawn Thomas, supply chain product manager at Covisint. "Automotive companies now have an affordable alternative to EDI, and those companies with legacy EDI investments can leverage Covisint for communication to a greater number of trading partners."