SOURCE: GT Nexus

July 08, 2008 06:08 ET

Suzano Pulp & Paper Operational on GT Nexus Portal for Global Shipment Visibility

On-Demand Solution Provides Real-Time Status of Containerized Shipments Across the Brazilian Company's Global Carrier Network

OAKLAND, CA and SAO PAULO, BRAZIL--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - GT Nexus today announced that it has successfully deployed a global shipment visibility platform for Suzano Pulp & Paper, one of Brazil's largest and fastest growing exporters. The on-demand platform connects partners, translates the incoming data and then provides Web-based applications that allow Suzano's logistics management teams in South America, North America and Europe to monitor and control the movement of its global containerized freight.

With annual sales revenues of over $2.6 billion and annual production capacity for 1.55 million tons of market pulp and 1.61 million tons of paper, Suzano is one of the largest vertically integrated producers of pulp and paper in Latin America.

"We have a huge ocean transportation network and have been looking for a proven system to get us the shipment status information we need," stated Ana Paula Trilho, Suzano International Logistics Manager. "GT Nexus has not only helped us achieve global visibility but has also empowered us to improve our supply chain management processes across our organization."

"Suzano has become one of our marquee customers in Brazil," said Greg Johnsen, EVP of marketing at GT Nexus. "We are committed to building on this foundation and helping them drive value across their organization. The platform is delivered over the web which means it is very flexible and can be extended to improve a broad range of business processes."

The GT Nexus portal comes pre-integrated to most of the world's top carriers and 3PLs. This enables new customers, like Suzano, to get up and running quickly with very high data quality levels. With the shipment status data standardized, Suzano gets a deeper understanding of its logistics performance across partners, which enables a more proactive supply chain management approach.

"GT Nexus is more than just a powerful tool," added Suzano's Logistics General Manager Gilberto Mascarenhas Meira. "We have also been able to strengthen some of our other existing partnerships through this initiative, which is fantastic. This is actually helping our carriers deliver more strategic value to us through advanced technology services."

Several applications are in place to help track and manage Suzano's shipments. In addition to a series of in-transit view dashboards, the system also allows Suzano to set exceptions so alerts trigger when events don't happened as planned.

"These automated alerts help us improve our customer service in overseas markets," added Trilho. "The platform also maintains records of past shipments, which can be located via online search and applied to future planning cycles or reports. We see multiple long-term benefits that can be exploited as we continue to grow."

With the base shipment visibility platform in place, Suzano has the option to expand into other business process areas like freight procurement, shipment planning, multi-modal inventory level visibility, business intelligence, and trade finance. GT Nexus is designed so customers can add just the services they need, at the pace their business requires. As an important next step, Suzano has plans to integrate their existing ERP system with GT Nexus so standardized visibility data can be used by other internal business units.

The Suzano engagement is being managed by Multicom.net, the GT Nexus certified partner for Brazil.

About Suzano

Suzano (São Paulo Stock Exchange BOVESPA: SUZB5) is a forest products company that derives nearly 60% of its revenues from international operations and strives to be an international leader in innovation and a worldwide benchmark in both social and environmental responsibility and in efficiency. With annual sales revenue of US$2.6 billion, and annual production capacity for 1.55 million tons of market pulp and 1.61 million tons of paper, Suzano is one of the largest vertically integrated producers of pulp and paper in Latin America. With production facilities in the Brazilian states of Bahia, Espirito Santo and São Paulo, Suzano's principal product lines include eucalyptus pulp, uncoated and coated printing and writing paper and paperboard products. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.suzano.com.br

About GT Nexus

GT Nexus runs the world's only industry-backed, on-demand global trade & logistics portal. Today, more than 40,000 registered users, from over 15,000 organizations use a range of capabilities on the portal to optimize the global flow of goods and trade information from order point to final payment. GT Nexus connects the physical and financial supply chains. This allows buyers, sellers, banks and logistics providers to work over a common platform with a core set of information that supports multiple trade and logistics functions. Customers include Xerox, American Eagle Outfitters, Liz Claiborne, Weyerhaeuser and The Home Depot. For information, visit www.gtnexus.com.

About Multicom.net

With more than 12 years experience as a market leader and supplier of technology solutions for EDI, data integration and communications networks for Brazilian ports, government entities, multinational companies and transport industries, Multicom.net has established itself as GT Nexus' certified regional partner. Among the clients served by Multicom.net feature Infraero, Embratel, the ports of Santos Brazil, Portobello, Rio de Janeiro, Paranaguá and Grupo Multiterminais and several regional or global carrier and transport companies. Multicom.net is GT Nexus' exclusive certified partner in Brazil. For more information, visit www.multicomnet.com.br

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