SOURCE: Hubspan

Hubspan

April 26, 2010 16:00 ET

Hubspan and PunchOut Catalogs Partner for Seamless B2B eCommerce

Partnership Brings Together PunchOut Catalogs' Powerful Online Catalog System With Hubspan's Leading Cloud-Based Business Integration Platform

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - April 26, 2010) -  International Supply Management Conference -- Hubspan, the leading service provider of cloud-based business integration solutions, and PunchOut Catalogs (POC), provider of the most comprehensive punchout solutions for businesses, have partnered to provide a seamless, end-to-end, online catalog and shopping experience for business customers. The two companies announced the partnership today at the 95th Annual International Supply Management Conference, being held April 26 - 28 in San Diego, CA.

The joint go-to-market solution combines POC's powerful and user-friendly online catalog system with Hubspan's cloud-based integration platform that enables interoperability across all punchout formats and procurement systems. Both companies will be selling the bundled solution. With PunchOut Catalogs, suppliers with large customers using eProcurement systems, such as Ariba, Oracle, PeopleSoft or SAP, now have an affordable, turn-key solution that exceeds customer's expectations. Key features of the POC solution (announced earlier today by POC) include:

  • Hundreds of professionally designed themes that allow suppliers to effectively brand their sites for each of their customers
  • True supplier self-administration, including catalog import/export, stock level integration, and updating of content
  • Consumer friendly functionality, including product ratings and reviews, side-by-side comparisons, tags and polls
  • Option for suppliers to use the same site for all their customers, both B2B or B2C
  • Powerful, advanced searching to ensure customers find what they are looking for
  • Highly configurable items to enable even complex products and services

"As B2B eProcurement continues to gain traction, suppliers are increasingly asked to provide punchout or roundtrip capable websites," said Jack Mulloy, CEO of PunchOut Catalogs. "Delivered efficiently in the cloud, PunchOut Catalogs provides suppliers with a feature rich, turn-key online ordering website. The Hubspan partnership extends PunchOut Catalogs to integrate seamlessly with any eProcurement software as well as process electronic POs and invoices. Delivered together, PunchOut Catalogs powered by Hubspan is destined to become the first real standard solution available for suppliers."

Hubspan extends PunchOut Catalogs' integration and interoperability, allowing all buyers to punchout from existing ERP or procurement systems, regardless of communication protocols or data formats required. Hubspan further extends PunchOut Catalogs' business rules by mediating across security policies, procurement work flow and other business requirements. The Hubspan solution is called the WebSpan Punchout Connector and is available with a cost-effective subscription pricing model starting with one connection, allowing companies to start small and grow as needed.

"Businesses of all sizes need to provide online access to product information and an easy eCommerce experience for customers and suppliers in order to grow their business and revenue," said Tom St. Onge, vice president of business development, Hubspan. "By combining the comprehensive online ordering system of PunchOut Catalogs with Hubspan cloud integration services, companies can focus on their core business and relationships while delivering a best-in-class eCommerce experience."

The bundled solution is available as of today. For more information, go to www.hubspan.com and www.punchoutcatalogs.com.

About Hubspan, Inc.
Hubspan is the leading provider of business integration solutions, helping companies automate business processes across internal and external communities. Hubspan's flagship solution is the WebSpan SaaS Integration Platform. An enterprise-class solution, WebSpan combines Hubspan's innovative, cloud-based platform and managed services with IBM WebSphere integration software. Thousands of companies, from small enterprises to the Fortune 500, successfully use the platform every day for secure, reliable and scalable business integration. WebSpan is available in packaged integration processes, from managed file transfer, PO, e-invoicing and punchout to full business processes, such as Supply Chain, Demand Chain, Advanced EDI and eCommerce integration. For more information, go to www.hubspan.com or email webspan@hubspan.com.

About PunchOut Catalogs, LLC.
PunchOut Catalogs (POC) provides suppliers with a powerful and attractive online ordering website that is compatible with any customer's eProcurement (B2B) system, including Ariba, Oracle, PeopleSoft, and SAP. Suppliers also have the option of leveraging POC for use as a B2C eCommerce site as well. The majority of the POC team consists of seasoned eProcurement consultants with more than 10 years of experience helping numerous Fortune 500 companies and their suppliers do business effectively. POC is delivered efficiently in the cloud with zero transaction fees. For more information, go to www.PunchOutCatalogs.com.