05 August 2004
Small and medium-sized companies that want visibility and control of their supply chains are the target market for the latest application from UK-based company E-Warehouse.
At its core, E-Ware has a company's complete database of products and services suppliers, from which all orders can be made and tracked.
The application is based on software that E-Warehouse developed several years ago for a project undertaken by Bracknell Forest council, which linked the software with the local authority's accounting system.
It contains six core modules that enable users to request quotations, trade online, track orders, complete returns forms, manage their finances and monitor technical support.
Each application produces management reports and offers an immediate view of any problems. "It automates the supply chain and gives users control," said Andrew Cross, managing director of E-Warehouse.
"The link between purchasing, ordering and accounts gives buyers a good grip of the accounting function, with a single product line throughout the system.
"By allowing users to view, approve and print invoices online, it gives an immediacy and consolidation all in one place."
He added that the system was specifically designed to help SMEs host more competitions for supply contracts and drive down the cost of supplies.
E-Ware is available as a bespoke package, with training and an option to link to existing systems, or as a hosted service with a monthly rental charge.
It also forms the backbone of Sol-Tec Direct, an online procurement arm of E-Warehouse that hosts a database of UK distributors of IT supplies.
Cross said the site had attracted more than 250 users, from SMEs to larger firms.