Catalyst for Change

Kewill and Catalyst extend partnership, collaborate on new products

MILWAUKEE  PRNewswire  February 8, 2001  Kewill Systems recently announced that it has extended its partnership with Catalyst International, a supply chain solutions provider. Under the new agreement, Catalyst will include Kewill.Net e-fulfillment applications as a standard offering within its CatalystComplete Supply Chain product line. In addition, Catalyst will integrate Kewill's Clippership and Kewill.Ship manifesting solutions as part of the Catalyst Warehouse Management Solution along with contributing to the evolution of these products.

The companies also agreed to a joint development of applications for Knowledge Management and Vendor Quality Management (VQM), and bring them to market via Kewill.Net. In addition, they have entered into a contract to co-fund the development program. The intellectual property rights in the resulting products will be licensed by both parties to develop their respective market positions under a revenue share arrangement.

Our customers have been waiting for an easy-to-deploy solution that allows them to increase vendor participation in their supplier automation programs. This has enormous benefit for both our customers and their suppliers, said Sean McGowan, president and CEO of Kewill. While most of the early e-business focus has been on the buy/sell transaction, this kind of B2B fulfillment solutions has the potential for delivering even greater, on-going savings. Only Kewill and Catalyst have the domain expertise to bring this end-to-end solution to market today.

Our customers have realized the benefits of real-time fulfillment by using Kewill.Net to strategically manage their supply chains, said Geoffrey Finlay of Kewill. By adopting Kewill's e-fulfillment applications, Catalyst can now bring the same collaborative commerce to its customers. I believe the combined expertise of Catalyst and Kewill have created a platform that will increase market share by enabling global trading communities to intellectually manage e-fulfillment processes from order creation to delivery.