21 May 2012
OVER the last year 1.6 million line items containing IMPA code references were sent through ShipServ’s two trading solutions, TradeNet and Pages, proving that purchasing managers are continuing to use the industry’s leading standard to source products.
ShipServ and IMPA have been collaborating since 2001, when the e-commerce provider started offering the IMPA Marine Stores Guide to use in its onboard electronic Catalogue tool and this relationship was strengthened last year, when the use of the IMPA Code was extended to online supplier directory ShipServ Pages to simplify and speed up product sourcing even further.
Under the agreement officially signed at the IMPA conference in London in September, IMPA product codes are now displayed automatically to purchasing managers using ShipServ Pages to source suppliers.
“The fact that we see continued growth in the use of IMPA codes on both TradeNet and Pages illustrates the importance of data quality when sourcing products by using the industry’s recognised standard. We will continue to work closely with IMPA to ensure that purchasing managers see the full benefits of using the IMPA code”, said Kim Skaarup, Chief Operating Officer.
Buyers save time in locating specific parts or products when using either Pages or TradeNet by automatically-suggesting IMPA codes for product searches. Buyers can also use the IMPA code where known, to search for specific products directly.
The use of ShipServ Pages continued to grow in 2011 with over one million visitors coming to the site to source supplies from over 39,000 ship suppliers – a 72% rise in traffic from 2010. For further information about using IMPA codes in Searches please contact your Service Delivery Manager.