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The ECN Group Expands B2B Operations with Sterling Commerce On-Demand Trading Network

Sterling Collaboration Network is a global, on demand B2B network which will make it easier for ECN Group’s customers to securely integrate trading processes and enhance process automation among their global trading communities.
  • 11 May, 2009 10:01

<p>Melbourne – 11 May 2009 – Sterling Commerce, an AT&amp;T Inc (NYSE:T) company, today announced that The ECN Group, Australasia’s leading outsourced business-to-business (B2B) messaging solution provider and a wholly-owned subsidiary of New Zealand Post, has selected the Sterling Collaboration Network (SCN) as its international value added network (VAN) connection. Sterling Collaboration Network is a global, on demand B2B network which will make it easier for ECN Group’s customers to securely integrate trading processes and enhance process automation among their global trading communities.</p>
<p>The ECN Group, a specialised regional B2B network supports nearly 3,000 companies, including the region’s largest retailers. The company provides a cost effective means of connecting companies electronically to automate the exchange of business transactions including purchase orders, advance shipping notices (ASNs) and electronic invoices between suppliers and their trading partners. By adding the Sterling Collaboration Network as their international VAN provider, this extends ECN Group’s global reach to over 90 public and private networks and access to over 30,000 trading IDs.</p>
<p>“We’re pleased to have The ECN Group as our newest customer,” said Michael Vulcan, Managing Director, Australia/New Zealand, Sterling Commerce. “Global multi-nationals with regional operations in Australasia are facing lengthening supply chains. We understand that companies are looking for a complete solution – an integrated, global B2B capability combined with local support and local capabilities. With Sterling Commerce’s global reach, along with The ECN Group’s expertise in the Australasia B2B retail environment, regional companies gain access to a powerful solution that can accelerate the speed of secure electronic trading, streamline their operations, reduce their cost of doing business and ultimately reduce risk and increase revenues.”</p>
<p>In existence for over 30 years, Sterling Collaboration Network manages as many as 4.5 million B2B documents per day with more than 99.9 percent reliability. Sterling Collaboration Network uses Sterling Commerce B2B integration expertise and its global supply chain community to maximise the number of partners with whom retailers, banks, manufacturers, distributors, telcos and logistics organisations conduct business. SCN eliminates all paper-based transactions and removes the technical complexity in dealing with an individual supplier’s technical requirements.</p>
<p>“We reviewed several solutions but were impressed with the scalability and proven expertise of the Sterling Collaboration Network. This was confirmed when we interconnected to their network, as this was both a rapid and smooth transition and enabled us to continue offering a seamless service to our clients.</p>
<p>“With Sterling Commerce, we have absolute confidence in our capacity to support our client’s business growth with a EDI trading network whose underlying technology has been successfully deployed for leading organisations around the world,” said Michael Davey, General Manager (Australia), The ECN Group.</p>
<p>About Sterling Commerce</p>
<p>Sterling Commerce, an AT&amp;T Inc (NYSE:T) company, helps customers thrive in a global economy by connecting their business communities, processes, people and technology. More than 30,000 customers worldwide use Sterling Commerce solutions for business process integration, multi-channel selling, supply chain fulfilment, and payments management to optimise business performance inside and outside their enterprise. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Sterling Commerce has offices in 24 countries with regional offices in Sydney and Melbourne. More information can be found at www.sterlingcommerce.com.au.</p>

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