Adds Logistics to Online Manufacturing Marketplace

Online buyers, sellers can add transportation to requests for quotes through partnership with Matson Integrated Logistics

Online buyers, sellers can add transportation to requests for quotes through partnership with Matson Integrated Logistics

Atlanta — November 29, 2005 — Online sourcing enabler has added managed global transportation to the list of services available through its marketplace following an agreement with Matson Integrated Logistics.

The new partnership between, which operates a marketplace for sourcing and selling manufacturing services, and the logistics company will allow buyers and sellers to add transportation via Matson to their requests for quotes (RFQs) or replies, the core activity on the marketplace.

Matson Integrated Logistics (MIL) provides multimodal transportation services, including domestic intermodal rail service, long haul and regional highway services, specialized hauling and expedited air and ground services. Matson is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alexander & Baldwin of Honolulu. users who create or respond to an RFQ will have the opportunity to work through Matson Logistics to develop a customized transportation solution for shipments of a pallet or larger. said its relationship with Matson gives users preferred pricing on Matson services, enabling users to save money on every RFQ they execute.

" connects buyers and suppliers around the globe, and each RFQ that passes through will have engineered-to-order components that will need to be delivered," said Mitch Free, president and CEO of "We decided to help streamline the process and provide logistics management, along with special pricing, to the community." said that its relationship with Matson addresses supply chain needs outlined in AMR Research's April 2005 report "Contract Manufacturing at a Cross Roads: Brand Owner Need for Visibility." These needs include a wider range of supply and logistics services for brand owners; the ability for parties in long-distance, overseas contract manufacturing relationships to be more responsive to volatile demand; more coordination points between brand owners and contract manufacturers because of an expanding range of outsourced services; and automation of information transfer and business processes between buyers and suppliers.

"Our partnership with can help turn a low-volume regional supplier into a high-volume global supplier and simultaneously expand procurement options for purchasing agents and design engineers," said Gary Eyring, Matson's vice president of marketing. "With global competition increasing, getting the goods in the right place at the right time is critically important to supply chain success."

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