Liaison Technologies, GXS Partner on On-demand Supply Chain Solutions

Form alliance to leverage messaging service in real-time network to give customers more B2B connectivity options

Form alliance to leverage messaging service in real-time network to give customers more B2B connectivity options

Atlanta  April 24, 2006  Liaison Technologies, a real-time business-to-business (B2B) infrastructure provider, is partnering with B2B connectivity specialist GXS to provide on-demand supply chain management and B2B integration solutions to customers.

Formerly known as ForestExpress, Liaison said that this expanded international relationship with GXS will help the company grow its service portfolio of real-time infrastructure solutions by offering customers access to the GXS Trading Grid, GXS' global integration platform designed to help enterprises enable and streamline cross-enterprise business processes.

Under the agreement, Liaison Technologies has joined the GXS Worldwide Partner Program. By bringing the benefits and reach of the GXS Trading Grid to its global customers, Liaison believes it can beef up its service offerings by giving its global customers more choices.

Liaison said it would leverage GXS Trading Grid Messaging Services as a key component of the Liaison real-time network, an integration service for trading partner connections. The GXS Trading Grid is the world's largest electronic business community used by more than 40,000 customers in more than 30 countries worldwide.

According to Liaison, the combined offering from GXS and Liaison Technologies provides existing and new customers with a suite of on-demand, B2B e-commerce applications and services that can be integrated with existing company processes and infrastructure. "This partnership will benefit Liaison Technologies' customers, giving them easy access to additional offerings such as Liaison Technologies' product information management solution, enhanced network reporting tools and unparalleled service-level agreements," Liaison said in announcing the partnership.

Liaison Technologies already has begun offering GXS Trading Grid solutions to its customers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

"CHEP relies on Liaison Technologies to enable our trading partner network in Europe and we are encouraged to see these companies strategically aligned," said Bill Duff, director of e-business for CHEP, a provider of pallet and plastic container pooling services. "Both companies have extensive experience in enabling and growing global trading partner networks; together, they will have a tremendous impact on advancing B2B automation and integration for companies around the world."

"This partnership appealed to us because the GXS Trading Grid truly complements our own suite of real-time solutions and services, which monthly moves more than 2 million XML-based transactions," said Bob Renner, CEO of Liaison Technologies.

Michael Del Sarto, director of GXS's partner program, said, "Through GXS, Liaison Technologies can expect end-to-end service quality and support to ensure their customers' successful transitions to real-time, on-demand supply chain networks."

This global partnership comes on the heels of the recent completion of Liaison Technologies' merger with Expresso Paper Platform BV, a European paper industry e-commerce and supply-chain provider.

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