ADX Touts Suppliers' Integration Successes

Connectivity service provider cites efficiencies gained by linking trading partners

Connectivity service provider cites efficiencies gained by linking trading partners

Newark, CA — February 5, 2004 — Advanced Data Exchange (ADX) this week touted the results that companies are having with the provider's supply chain integration solutions, citing as examples several suppliers to the retail home improvement and building materials industries.

ADX says it provides supply chain integration services that enable businesses to automate data exchange and streamline business processes with customers and suppliers. According to the provider, thousands of manufacturers and suppliers currently are using the solution provider to connect electronically with the nation's largest retailers of hardware, tools and building materials and supplies, including Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe's and Sears.

For example, Spray Nine, based in Johnson, N.Y., a long-time cleaning products manufacturer, enrolled on the ADX Network in 2000 and today trades electronically with 18 partners, including Ace, Do it Best Corp and TruServe.

Jack Case, vice president of information technology at Spray Nine, said that he tapped ADX because he believed the provider's supply chain integration solution could produce a faster return on investment than with other electronic data interchange (EDI) services.

"Not only does ADX save in terms of actual costs, but we've also seen significant gains in productivity," Case said. "And, because we're handling [purchase orders (POs)] through ADX, we no longer have the possibility of losing POs through human error."

Village Nurseries, a leading wholesaler of ornamental plants, was no stranger to the difficulties of EDI software deployment. The Orange, Calif.-based company had more than 10 years experience with EDI software. After enduring several expensive EDI deployments — and watching several go awry — the company sought out alternatives to a software solution.

In 2002, Village Nurseries selected ADX to connect to five major trading partners. Today, Village Nurseries executes more than 2,200 transactions per month over the ADX Network. According to Scott Miller, the company's information technology manager, implementing the ADX service has resulted in time savings in transaction processing and improved efficiencies in processing customer orders and adding new trading partners.

"By electronically connecting dozens of large retailers and thousands of their suppliers, ADX is helping the industry eliminate unnecessary supply chain costs and improve business relationships across the board," said David Michaud, vice president of marketing for ADX.