Supply Chain Software links automotive OEMs, suppliers.

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Enhancements to SupplyWEB® v6.0 procurement and supplier rating software include expanded functionality in demand management and releases, purchasing, ASN/supplier shipping, and invoicing. Web-based supply chain software allows automotive suppliers to deploy e-commerce strategies to reduce inventory, speed flow of supply chain information, and increase operational efficiencies. It includes fully integrated machine-to-machine EDI transactions.



Original Press Release:



BRAIN Leads the Way in Automotive SCM with the New Release of SupplyWEB® 6.0



August 1, 2002: Ann Arbor, MI - BRAIN North America, Inc. announces the release of SupplyWEB 6.0, marking the second upgrade for this industry-leading product this year! SupplyWEB 6.0 enhancements include advanced global capabilities and expanded functionality in key areas such as demand management and releases, purchasing, ASN/supplier shipping, and invoicing.

SupplyWEB customers are seeing significant reductions in:
Manual planning and sending of vendor release schedules
Manual calculation and communication of delivery and quality issues
Manual checks on supplier cums, requirements, ship history, and in-transit inventory
Premium freight costs due to expediting orders
Inventories of obsolete parts

SupplyWEB customers have "right-sized" their inventories, eliminated significant premium freight costs, reduced carrying costs, and eliminated redundant data entry by implementing electronic supplier ratings and report cards.

"SupplyWEB 6.0 reflects significant improvements based on productivity and usability recommendations from our customers, industry experts, and over 14,300 licensed suppliers with plants around the world," said Dave Van Noord, Vice President of Technology and Product Management for BRAIN North America, Inc. "We are continually adding global, automotive functionality to SupplyWEB to ensure that our customers have the competitive advantage in the Supply Chain Management arena."

SupplyWEB is a comprehensive, ERP independent, web-based Supply Chain Management (SCM) procurement and supplier rating solution, designed specifically to improve relationships and efficiencies between Automotive manufacturers and their suppliers. SupplyWEB uniquely positions automotive suppliers with positive return on investment, quick implementation, and flexible systems integration capabilities. SupplyWEB allows automotive suppliers to deploy e-commerce strategies to reduce inventory, speed the flow of supply chain information, and increase operational efficiencies.

With SupplyWEB, manufacturers are able to achieve 100% electronic communications with all their suppliers, even if some of their suppliers do not have EDI capability. SupplyWEB includes fully integrated machine-to-machine EDI transactions as well as web-based methods.

Just reaching the supply chain isn't enough. With SupplyWEB, the ability to manage suppliers becomes a reality. Through the use of 5 procurement methodologies, including SMI (Supplier Managed Inventory), and Kanban, you can manage your suppliers based on how you need to.

SupplyWEB allows suppliers to respond quickly to the exceptions that occur, such as defective material, delivery issues, excess inventory, critical Kanban, etc. It also allows manufacturers to rate the performance of each supplier and focus on resolving and preventing the exceptions. BRAIN provides automotive-specific global business solutions in multiple languages, with worldwide support. They are the experts in serving the business needs of the automotive supplier, including enterprise business and c-commerce solutions like SupplyWEB, ACmanager (Automotive Customer Manager), BRAIN-eX (TCP/IP Message Broker), and ERP. They implement and support their solutions to keep suppliers current, compliant, and on the leading edge. With over 1,600 referenceable automotive suppliers across all major hardware platforms, BRAIN's single source, best-of-breed solutions make their customers better suppliers.

Contact:
Marcie McCann
marcie.mccann@brainna.com
Marketing Team Leader
BRAIN North America, Inc.
3855 Sparks Drive, SE Suite 201
Grand Rapids MI 49546
Tel: (616) 957-4444
Fax: (616) 957-8954
Web Site: www.brainna.com

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