Tonbu Targets Taiwan

Tonbu selects Moai for online negotiation solutions

Moai Technologies, provider of e-commerce infrastructure for online negotiation solutions, recently announced that Tonbu, a provider of collaborative commerce (c-commerce) solutions for the computer and high-technology markets, has adopted Moais LiveExchange online negotiation solution. Using LiveExchange the San Jose, Calif.-based collaboration hub provider will be able to automate its request for quote (RFQ) and request for proposal (RFP) processes in order to screen and select manufacturing suppliers and procure high-quality goods online, in real-time, at the best possible terms.

Tonbu provides integrated engineering and manufacturing services to high-tech companies that are seeking real-time delivery of system assemblies, subassemblies, PCB and cable assemblies. By integrating Moais LiveExchange solution into its online Collaboration Platform, Tonbu will be able to streamline the complex process of sourcing electronics components and securing the best-suited and most affordable materials. By deploying LiveExchange, Tonbu will be able to conduct real-time, Web-enabled reverse auctions to broaden its stable of suppliers and better manage supplier bids. Using Moais solution Tonbu also can conduct structured online negotiations with suppliers using multi-layered criteria that Tonbu engineers can define themselves.

In order to offer a completely outsourced manufacturing solution to its customers, Tonbu plans to integrate LiveExchange with shipping, logistics, catalog, financial and other systems on a single, integrated Tonbu platform.

John White, senior vice president, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development of Tonbu, stated, Because LiveExchange can handle multiple bidders and complex online negotiations while enabling us to maintain our supplier relationships in-house, it made good business sense to incorporate the product into our Collaborative Commerce Platform.

Tonbu plans to deploy LiveExchange within the next two weeks and fully integrate the product with its other systems in the next few months. At any given time Tonbu expects to have 100-500 concurrent users accessing its e-negotiation service. Initially targeting Taiwan, the company plans to serve manufacturing companies throughout Asia and the United States, using suppliers located anywhere worldwide.