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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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21 May 2012

The quest to improve information quality

Don Staffin VP, Product Management

I would like to devote this product management update to discussing content.

ShipServ moves millions of pieces of information each year between you and your trading partners through TradeNet.

In addition, ShipServ Pages helps you find new suppliers by presenting extensive results to search queries.  But let’s take a closer look at the information itself, and what ShipServ is doing to improve the quality of that information. In 2011 we released the ability to send attachments to suppliers through our partner integrations.  We are pleased to announce that you may now receive attachments as well.

Not all partner purchasing systems are equipped to load attachments yet, but the most immediate benefit to this development is in the area of e-invoicing. Suppliers will now be able to include a PDF copy of an invoice together with the electronic version, delivery and other supporting documents, all of which can be delivered automatically into a document management system.

We are also encouraging suppliers to publish more catalogs on ShipServ Pages.  This will make it easier for you to find new sources of supply for specific items.  We hope you have also tried the new IMPA Code search feature which not only checks catalogs, but scans transaction history to help find a match for your query. An increasing number of suppliers are attaching supporting documents to their Premium Listings.  These documents are fully searchable in Pages whether they are PDF, MS Word, etc.

As you know ShipServ publishes Mariner’s Annual and now all sponsored product content that appears in the Ordering Guide is duplicated in ShipServ Pages as searchable content, and is shown in Thumbnails in the premium listing. Mariner’s Annual is part of ShipServ’s strategy to provide Vessel-based content and we hope you have distributed your complimentary copies of the most recent Mariner’ Annual Ordering Guide CD and/or book to your fleet.

We are pleased to announce some very exciting changes for the 2012 edition, which will be released this summer:

–  Content Sections: The information has been divided into nine logical sections: Deck, Electrical/Lighting, Safety, etc.  This will make it easier for the users to find related content.

Catalog Pages: Many of the formerly black and white catalog pages have now been colorized to make the products easier to see.

iPad: It is now possible to view the Mariner’s Annual Ordering Guide on an iPad or tablet.

Mariner's Annual

 

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