Servigistics Plugs into PowerSource

Computer parts e-marketplace to integrate planning and forecasting software

Tempe, AZ  June 19, 2001  Servigistics, a provider of service parts supply chain applications, will integrate its planning and forecasting software with PowerSource Online's electronic markets for computer parts under a partnership announced today.

Under the partnership, Servigistics will integrate its PartsPlan software into PowerSource Online's members-only e-marketplaces for buyers and sellers of new, used, refurbished and surplus computer parts. The alliance will enable PartsPlan users to automatically buy and sell recommended parts via PowerSource Online, which the companies claim should decrease inventory expenses.

"By combining our online capability with Servigistics' PartsPlan, we are creating a unified logistics pipeline," said Tom Peck, president of San Diego-based PowerSource Online. "The combined solution improves the service organization's ability to have the right part at the right location, at the right time and at the right price."

Marietta, Ga.-based Servigistics says its software offers the ability to perform demand forecasting, optimal stock level setting and identification of excess inventory and critical shortages. The application can recommend what should be ordered, repaired and replenished, and it then will allow users to connect to the PowerSource Online e-marketplace to post a request for quote (RFQ) or, conversely, to liquidate excess inventory through an auction.

Larry Pearson, vice president of business development for Servigistics, said that the ability to use such tools as the electronic RFQ or an online auction make effective planning more critical. "Without the availability of tools like PartsPlan, users run the risk of implementing bad plans more quickly," Pearson said.

PowerSource Online is a subsidiary of Mediagrif Interactive Technologies, a Montreal-based company that develops and operates B2B e-commerce marketplaces.