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  • "ShipServ is a vital tool for us as a leading European ship chandler and we need to be highly visible in the ports we serve as it is used by all the leading shipping companies."

    George Saris, President
    Atlas Ship Chandlers

  • "We started to use TradeNet just to save time and stop manual typing of orders, but now we get other substantial benefits including vital benchmark data on suppliers’ response times that help us in all our negotiations."

    Knut Ove Thuland Hansen, Purchasing Manager
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  • "Time is the biggest saving through ShipServ. We have detailed data that tells us that the amount of time we spend per vessel each week has dropped from 9.2 hours to 7.9 hours."

    Richard O'Malley, Purchasing Supervisor
    Crowley Maritime

  • "Encouraging our suppliers to adopt the e-commerce platform has been well worth the effort. We have reaped significant cost savings from streamlining our purchasing processes."

    Charles Ong, Purchasing Manager
    Keppel Shipyard

  • "Since joining ShipServ in 2012, we have gained 7 new clients in 18 months. It has helped our company be seen in the international shipping market as both ShipServ Pages and TradeNet are used by many different shipping companies and it also speeds up the process between buyer and supplier."

    Valeria Assandri,Machinery & Replacement Parts S.r.l

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19 February 2009

Newsletter February 2009 – Supplier Edition

Welcome to this first edition of the new and improved ShipServ newsletter. We haven’t thought of a good name for it yet and we’d like to enlist your help – see below!

Buyer trust and e-commerce
How can you build trust with buyers when your only contact with them is online? This is an increasingly important issue as more and more maritime commerce shifts online. Read our article on the subject.

Online Marketing Tip #1: Search marketing and keyword planning
Tough times mean the requirement for smart marketing has never been higher. Online is the smartest marketing of all, because it’s low cost, measurable, instant. Read our article on how to use keywords to improve your search marketing.

Connect09
We know that many of you look forward to our annual conference and are just dying to find out what’s happening this year. After many years of holding a one-off annual conference in Copenhagen in May, we’ve decided it’s about time we came to you! So during 2009 we’ll be holding four, smaller regional events – in Singapore, Japan, UK and the Americas. We hope that by coming to you, we’ll get to see more of you and engage on even more discussions! So watch out for our tour dates.Finally, for those of you in need of that trip to Copenhagen, we can confirm that Connect10 is already scheduled for 1-3 May, 2010. Email John Watton with any questions/comments.

Newsletter naming competition – win an iPod
You’ve probably already noticed that this newsletter doesn’t yet have a name. We’ve been racking our brains for a clever, snappy title for a couple of weeks now and in a stroke of genius decided to open it up to you.

So, we’d like you to submit (printable) names that you think would suit this newsletter. You can enter your ideas (as many as you like) here and the winning entry, selected by ShipServ’s CEO, Paul Ostergaard, will receive a brand new Apple iPod Nano in any one of nine marvellous colours of your choice. Please help!
Deadline is 27 February.

Download our free whitepaper on reducing costs
This 12 page report shares the challenges being faced by purchasing departments around the world, and how e-commerce has helped them minimize costs, maximize profits and remain competitive despite the current global economic downturn.
Download it here.

New Buyers on ShipServ TradeNet
We recently exceded 130 ship owner/managers on TradeNet. Recent new additions included Great Lakes Dredge & Dock and Grieg Shipping Group AS. To see the complete latest list of ship owners & managers visit our community page.

News & Events Roundup

TradeNet Growth
Over $1 billion-worth of maritime supplies trading took place on TradeNet last year, our most active year ever. Transactions increased by an amazing 69% over 2007 and the total value of orders grew by an impressive 66%. The number of maritime suppliers and ships chandlers increased by 50% as did the number of ships signed up to the network. So thank you to all our customers who made this possible. Read more here.

Stronger SpecTec / ShipServ Alliance
ShipServ and SpecTec recently announced a strengthening of our partnership, with the launch of a number of new initiatives including working to provide integration between SpecTec’s AMOS Spare Parts and ShipServ online catalogues. Read more here.

Seatrade Cruise Shipping, Miami, 16-19 March 09
ShipServ will be hosting a joint presentation with SpecTec at the event being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. For more information email Peder Arstorp.

Sea Asia, Singapore, 21-23 April 09
Visit ShipServ on stand J11 or join us at our seminar, “Minimizing operational costs through ecommerce” 15:50-16:35 on Tuesday 21. To attend the seminar or to schedule a meeting with ShipServ email Sharon Gill.

Keep Up-to-date with ShipServ
You can keep up to date with all the latest ShipServ news and announcements, as well as finding out who’s just joined the ShipServ community, by signing up to one of our RSS feeds. Subscribe to our regular Blog – for all the latest ShipServ insight into what’s happening in maritime commerce. Feel free to comment with your own views.

Join ShipServ on LinkedIn
Remember you can also join the ShipServ Maritime Trading Network Group on LinkedIn which was launched in December. Already over 300 of you are active participants sharing ideas, asking questions and posting links to relevant maritime-related material. It costs nothing and is open to all maritime buyers and suppliers, as well as software companies and Industry Associations.