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New Online marketplace for NZ businesses

Media release 10 March 2000

esolutions and Telecom New Zealand
create online marketplace for NZ businesses

Telecom New Zealand Limited, esolutions’ first trading solutions customer, today announced that eight of its suppliers had committed to joining Telecom’s online purchasing programme.

From 15 May, eight of Telecom’s suppliers will be able to transact online with Telecom users, in what is Australasia’s first online marketplace using Ariba ORMX software. This initiative is being leveraged by esolutions, using its BusinessExchange product to develop an electronic trading marketplace for New Zealand and Australian businesses.

"The first eight suppliers to join Telecom are Fuji Xerox, Wickliffe Press, OTC Workplace Partners, NZ Liquor, Marshall Promotions, Moore Gallagher, Eurest NZ Ltd and Café Express,” said Rachel Lee, Telecom’s Project Manager Online Purchasing. “Telecom and esolutions held our first Supplier Summit in Auckland on Monday (subs: 6 March) as part of Telecom's online purchasing program,” she said. “This Supplier Summit is one of a number we are planning to hold over the next six months. It is an integral step towards bringing our existing suppliers into an online transaction environment".

The benefit of BusinessExchange is lower procurement costs to the purchaser, and increased marketing and revenue opportunities for suppliers. Things like invoicing and payment will be able to be done electronically, significantly speeding up the procurement process.

esolutions BusinessExchange Product Manager, Bruce Douglas said "We are creating a marketplace to enable buyers and suppliers to complete their business-to-business transactions through a hosted trading environment. eProcurement, using Ariba ORMX, is the first of a number of business-to-business trading services that will be delivered under esolutions.”

“This initiative illustrates how esolutions is creating packages to ensure speed to market, a parallel package development process with the delivery of a customised solution,” he said.

Rachel Lee said that more Supplier Summits would be held over the next six months. “We are delighted that these eight suppliers have already committed to trade online with Telecom, and we would welcome any other expressions of interest from others who might also wish to join this online marketplace.”

In December, Telecom New Zealand and AAPT announced an ASP agreement with Ariba to deliver a Trans-Tasman service offering for a hosted eProcurement solution.

esolutions is the alliance between Telecom, EDS, and Microsoft launched two weeks ago in Auckland.


For more information please contact:

Name: Geoff Matthews
Tel: 04-4999-111

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