Building a Better Supply Chain

Owens Corning to get translation services for over 1,000 SME suppliers

Newark, CA  February 13, 2002  Building and composite materials manufacturer Owens Corning announced this week that it has selected outsourced translation services provider ADX Advanced Data Exchange to provide supply chain connectivity services to more than 1,000 of Owens Cornings small and midsize (SME) suppliers.

Owens Corning, a $5 billion Fortune 500 company, will use ADX outsourced services to connect suppliers to the ADX Network for electronic data interchange (EDI) transactions. Owens Corning will be able to exchange business documents, including purchase orders and invoices, with its suppliers electronically via the ADX Network.

Mike Mendoza, global e-procurement leader at Owens Corning, said, The ADX model provides our small- and medium-sized suppliers with the opportunity to reap the benefits of EDI transactions without the setup costs. Additionally, our suppliers who partner with ADX will now be capable of trading EDI documents with other manufacturers and/or customers. This provides each supplier with a solution that extends beyond their relationship with Owens Corning.

Tom Stegmann, vice president of sales and business development for Advanced Data Exchange, said, Extending electronic business relationships to all suppliers is hard work, but crucial to support its overall IT strategy. Owens Corning can now extend its considerable investment in [enterprise resource planning] and EDI to get all of its suppliers onboard, not just the big guys.

The ADX solution will enable Owens Corning to electronically receive inbound documents, such as purchase order acknowledgements, advance ship notices and invoices. The company has already automated its outbound purchase order process.