Plastic Procurement

Easing transition to e-procurement in plastics industry

ATLANTA, GA. January 29, 2001  Got a problem implementing e-procurement in your plastics company? Who-you-gonna-call?

Online plastics e-marketplace Omnexus would you like you to call them, and as an incentive for you to do so, the company has set up an e-procurement solutions team charged with helping plastics industry procurement professionals and managers improve their transaction efficiency.

The team, which will include Omnexus' e-procurement solutions directors Doug Bray, Mark Diaz and Mike Sievers, will "act as a virtual bridge between the technology and human factors involved in transitioning from person-to-person purchasing to online procurement," according to an announcement from the company.

Omnexus says that its customers will benefit from foreshortened learning curves among their procurement staff, saving buyers time and, presumably, the companies money.

"We are a customer-focused e-marketplace created to make the buyer's job easier and more efficient," said David Jukes, senior vice president of Omnexus. "We assembled these three individuals to lead this team because their experience represents all aspects of the industry: the customer, the supplier and technology."

Sievers joined Omnexus after serving in a variety of positions with a major resin supplier. Most recently, he served as an industry manager overseeing all sales and marketing efforts for a urethane flexible foam business. Prior to that position, Sievers was a senior market development specialist and a QS-9000 management representative for the company. Sievers also served as a financial analyst and an account representative for the urethane systems business unit.

Bray came to Omnexus with expertise in Internet business strategy, business development, operations and marketing. Bray has served as vice president and also as a chief operating officer of two technology start-up companies. Prior to those positions, Bray was general manager/business unit manager of a major injection molding company where he also held several operational, marketing and sales managerial positions, including serving as a materials manager overseeing the supply chain for the custom molding division.

Diaz previously served as the vice president of sales and marketing for a B2B exchange of new and pre-owned medical equipment. Prior to that position, Diaz was the European director for an international trade and consulting company, working out of London. Diaz has also worked with the Florida Department of Commerce's international trade and development offices as director for United Kingdom and Scandinavia and as an international trade specialist for Europe and the Middle East.