30 September 2011
This month we have joined forces with the International Maritime Purchasing Association (IMPA) to simplify and speed up product sourcing through our online supplier directory ShipServ Pages and this will help buyers and suppliers save time and benefit from more accurate requests for quotation, pre-populated with IMPA codes.
IMPA product codes will be displayed automatically to purchasing managers using ShipServ Pages to source suppliers.
By automatically-suggesting IMPA codes for product searches, we hope that buyers will save time in locating specific parts or products. Buyers can also use the IMPA code where known, to search for specific products directly.
“This partnership between ShipServ and IMPA delivers a lot of benefits for buyers and suppliers alike, with even more precise matching on searched products.
We expect to see a huge increase in catalogues uploaded to Pages with IMPA codes as a result of this enhancement and this will lead to an increase in number of transactions carrying IMPA codes for the benefit of a fast and effcient sourcing process.” says Kim Skaarup, ShipServ’s Chief Operating Officer.
ShipServ already works with IMPA to licence their Marine Stores Guide through our ShipCat Catalogue Management tool so this is an extension of partnership.
In the coming months, we hope to extend the auto-population to RFQ creation forms, so please watch this space.
The other major development on ShipServ Pages, has been the continued growth of our brand management functionality by major suppliers with over 30 well-known brands including Wartsila, JP Sauer &Sohn, MAN B&W and ABB taking out exclusive brand zones, which are now live on the site and allow buyers to see all authorised agents that have been verified by the brand owner.
The Brand Management tool allows brand owners to control and monitor suppliers in ShipServ Pages that claim to be their authorized business partners.