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Whirlpool Deploys GXS Trading Grid
Oct 5, 2006
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GXS, a leading provider of business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce solutions, announced that Whirlpool Corporation has chosen the GXS Trading Grid to support global trading partner transactions.

To optimize its supply chain, Whirlpool was seeking a B2B e-commerce solutions provider that could enable the exchange of order, shipment and inventory data with its primary distributor and multiple retailers in China, as well as with other trading partners in Europe and America. GXS Trading Grid Messaging Service, the global Internet-based transaction management service on the GXS Trading Grid, enables Whirlpool to consolidate on one provider of electronic data interchange (EDI) services globally.

After an encompassing competitive market assessment, Whirlpool recognized GXS' unique ability to meet its current e-commerce demands while enabling it to grow and update its trading partner network on-demand through GXS Trading Grid Online. Trading Grid Online is GXS' new Web portal that provides customers with visibility into daily e-commerce transactions, enabling dynamic, instant provisioning and manipulation of global trading partner networks. Trading Grid Online also provides Whirlpool access to analytics and reporting about the performance of its suppliers, as well as the needs and response rates of its distributors and retailers.

In an effort to move to a 100 percent electronic transaction model, Whirlpool sought a provider that could accommodate and reach its smaller suppliers, many of which do not have sophisticated B2B e-commerce platforms. With GXS, Whirlpool no longer has to utilize multiple providers to ramp 100 percent of their trading partners. GXS' global presence, its guaranteed community enablement service, Community Link, and range of services for small, medium and enterprise businesses enable hub companies to rely on GXS as their sole provider for their trading partner networks.

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