30 September 2011
Buyers and suppliers will save time and benefit from more accurate requests for quotation, pre-populated with IMPA codes.
London, UK, 27 September, 2011. ShipServ, the marine and offshore e-marketplace has joined forces with the International Maritime Purchasing Association (IMPA) to simplify and speed up product sourcing through its online supplier directory ShipServ Pages.
Under the agreement officially signed at the IMPA conference in London this month, IMPA product codes will be displayed automatically to purchasing managers using ShipServ Pages to source suppliers.
By automatically-suggesting IMPA codes for product searches, 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.
Kim Skaarup, Chief Operating Officer of ShipServ said:
“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 have previously worked with IMPA to licence their Marine Stores Guide through our Catalog Management tool so this is a natural extension of our relationship.
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”.
Stephen Alexander, Chief Operating Officer of IMPA, said:
“IMPA has a reputation for quality, innovation and the pursuit of best practice. Providing our product codes in the ShipServ search is a great way to provide added value and improve the purchasing process.”
ShipServ users can take advantage of the integrated IMPA codes free of charge from this month.
ShipServ helps marine and offshore buyers to find the best suppliers easily, trade efficiently and build trusted relationships. Our products and services bring buyers and suppliers together online, in print, on ship and in person. We offer the largest online trading platform, the most used supplier search engine, the leading ordering guide and the first online ad network. The high volumes of sourcing, trading and search data our community shares every day helps us deliver better results and more accurate information to both buyers and suppliers. No one facilitates the intelligent, trustworthy matching of demand and supply better than ShipServ. For more information visit www.shipserv.com.
IMPA was formed in 1978 by a group of senior purchasing executives who wanted to create an industry ‘voice’ to represent the interests of the purchasing profession within shipping and promote close co-operation and understanding between buyer and supplier. The association now represents over 450 members from across the world, including shipowners, operators and managers as well as manufacturers and ship suppliers. For more information visit www.impa.net.
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