24 May 2001 | Robin Parker
A joint e-procurement venture between i2 Technologies and supply chain solutions provider MRO Software aims to cut costs for both suppliers and buyers and promote collaboration.
MRO Services is a new series of supplier enablement services offered on i2's TradeMatrix open commerce network, allowing suppliers and procurers to trade across different procurement and plant maintenance systems.
The maintenance, repair and operations services target plant-floor buyers and suppliers. Its applications enable commercial transactions, collaborative supply management and planning.
The distributors using the system create a single online catalogue and process orders through one system, either with self-service applications or incorporated into their existing system. This is linked to buyers on different marketplaces.
"It is a question of integrating the whole process," James Fair, MRO's vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa, told SM. "It is not just about procurement, but planning the whole process of buying parts that keeps costs down and factories running."
The collaboration extends beyond the combined synergy of i2 and MRO's strategic alliance, as it is connected to the Ariba Commerce Services Network, he said. "In essence, it is an entire supplier community that suggests distributors cannot afford to stand alone any longer."
He added that the system combines i2's recognised strength in the direct goods market with MRO's specialised knowledge of indirect goods.