IBIZ WATCH

WORLDWIDE RETAIL EXCHANGE has added four new members to its global roster of retailers: Publix Super Markets, Kesko, Woolworth Australia and Seibu Department Stores Ltd. "These leading retailers strengthen our global reach and continue to diversify our membership," said Barry Knichel, a member of the WWRE executive committee and director of supply chain research and development at Tesco. "The addition

WORLDWIDE RETAIL EXCHANGE has added four new members to its global roster of retailers: Publix Super Markets, Kesko, Woolworth Australia and Seibu Department Stores Ltd. "These leading retailers strengthen our global reach and continue to diversify our membership," said Barry Knichel, a member of the WWRE executive committee and director of supply chain research and development at Tesco. "The addition of Seibu and Woolworth Australia strengthens our role in Asia-Pacific, while more new members in the U.S. and Europe secure our position as the world's leading exchange." Meanwhile, supplier and retail executives from around the world met recently in New York and London for a presentation of the WWRE's technology. At the meeting, attendees also discussed how the exchange will enhance relationships between suppliers and retailers. "The technology is now available to streamline the supply chain," said Linda Nordgren, director of supply chain management and B2B commerce at Safeway. "The retail industry is now ready to embrace the challenge of creating standards and common business processes to take costs out of the system."

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TRANSPLACE.COM, Plano, Texas, an Internet-based global logistics alliance formed by six transportation companies, has selected Ariba, Mountain View, Calif., and IBM Corp., White Plains, N.Y., to create and operate what it expects to become one of the world's largest transportation e-marketplaces. Transplace.com is a consortium of transportation logistics business units from Covenant Transport, Chattanooga, Tenn.; J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Lowell, Ark.; M.S. Carriers, Memphis, Tenn.; Swift Transportation Co., Phoenix; U.S. Xpress Enterprises, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Werner Enterprises, Omaha, Neb. Transplace.com, which began operations last month, offers a Web-enabled platform to bring together shippers and carriers worldwide to collaborate on their transportation logistics planning and execution through the deployment of business-to-business processes. Since its announcement three months ago, Transplace.com's procurement membership has grown to 1,500 carriers, representing 220,000 tractors, 800,000 trailers and millions of tires. Transplace.com is expected to generate $800 million in transportation logistics revenue over the next year. "Transplace.com represents the kind of e-marketplaces that are fundamentally transforming businesses and markets around the world," said Karl D. Salnoske, vice president of e-procurement services for IBM Global Services.

DRUGMAX.COM, Largo, Fla., an on-line trade exchange for pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products, health and beauty aids and nutritional supplements, has launched DrugmaxTrading.com, a business-to-business exchange aimed at pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors. "In providing a full-service, one-stop venue, we will be providing a major leap forward in managing operations for manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and distributors," said Bill LaGamba, president, Drugmax.com. "DrugmaxTrading.com will become the industry's main electronic community for these sources, and we will generate additional revenues from coordinating transactions." DrugmaxTrading.com will have three components: an on-line catalog of pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter products, health and beauty aids and nutritional supplements; a closeout/short-dated section, where products that are approaching expiration but are still viable will be offered, and an auction component that will function exclusively for manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and retailers, rather than consumers.

EFOODMANAGER.COM, Duesseldorf, Germany, an European business-to-business marketplace for the food industry, has formed an alliance with farmpartner.com, Munich, Germany, a marketplace for the agriculture industry. The companies said they will work together in the respective markets in the European business-to-business agriculture and food industries to enhance product offerings. "This cooperation allows companies within the food and agriculture industries to source producers and suppliers in a cost effective and time saving manner," said Daniel Kellmereit, head of corporate development at efoodmanager.

86.COM, Washington, D.C., a business-to-business e-marketplace for the food service community, has made an agreement with Commerce One, Pleasanton, Calif., to create an on-line marketplace for food service operators and distributors powered by the Commerce One MarketSite Portal Solution for Net Market Makers. 86.com provides a single transaction engine that uses existing business models and current relationships between food service operators and their local and regional distributors.