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GXS Works with Verizon Business to Drive Automated Supply Chains
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September 18, 2008

GXS Works with Verizon Business to Drive Automated Supply Chains

By Susan J. Campbell
TMCnet Contributing Editor

GXS and Verizon (News - Alert) Business are delivering business-to-business eCommerce solutions to help those companies seeking to become more efficient and environmentally friendly by automating their supply chains.


GXS and Verizon Business (News - Alert) are jointly offering supply chain management solutions that are designed to enable businesses and government agencies to securely and seamlessly convert manual, paper-based processes into automated electronic transactions among vendors, partners and customers by reducing the use of paper and making business transactions more efficient.

This efficient automation of the supply chain to achieve green benefits will be discussed today by the two companies at the Computerworld Green IT Symposium taking place in National Harbor, Maryland. Check out this link for more information: www.greenitsymposium.com.  

Automating the supply chain offers many benefits, including significantly reducing the destruction of trees. Each electronic document that is sent through the GXS Trading Grid, a global B2B integration services platform powered by Verizon Business’ Managed Network Services, represents a paper document that no longer needs to be printed, enveloped or delivered.

Every year, GXS processes more than four billion electronic transactions on behalf of its customers. If we assume that one transaction represents two sheets of paper, the savings generated by companies currently using GXS’s services equates to:
 
·        223 million pounds of CO2, the equivalent of taking 22,820 cars off the road for a year or reducing gasoline consumption by 42 million gallons each year.
·        132 thousand tons of wood, saving the equivalent of 912,000 trees.
·        1.5 trillion BTUs of total energy consumption, the equivalent of that consumed by 16,496 homes per year.
·        745 million gallons of water, the equivalent of filling 1129 swimming pools.
 
The potential for further environmental benefits is even grater if each of the 40 billion B2B transactions undertaken each year were automated. The total environmental impact would be the equivalent of saving:
 
·        2.3 billion pounds of CO2, theequivalent of taking 206,672 cars off the road for a year or reducing gasoline consumption by 434 million gallons or 8.9 million barrels of oil.
·        1,386,667 tons of wood, the equivalent of 9.6 million trees.
·        15.3 million BTUs of total energy consumption, the equivalent of about 168,633 homes per year.
·        7.6 billion gallons of wastewater, the equivalent of about 11,553 swimming pools.
·        911 million pounds of solid waste, the equivalent of about 32,548 garbage trucks.

“B2B e-commerce solutions can have a very powerful positive bottom-line impact for businesses and the environment,” said Steve Kiefer, vice president of industry and product marketing at GXS.
 
“There is a perception that environmental responsibility costs money. While that may be true in some cases, the benefits of supply chain automation include both cost-efficiency and energy-efficiency. In addition, social responsibility can increase corporate productivity, profits and public reputation,” added Kiefer.

“Supply chain benchmarking is becoming a very real focus for multinational corporations wanting to understand their overall environmental impact,” said Mike Marcellin, vice president of product marketing for Verizon Business.
 
“Verizon Supply Chain Managed Services are helping companies to work smarter and do business better and more securely across an extended enterprise of suppliers, partners, customers and employees, while also enabling them to reduce their carbon footprint,” Marcellin explained.

Supply chain automation has also been proven to produce financial savings for customers as well. The cost to process a manual invoice can be reduced by 60 percent with automation and companies can realize even greater savings by automating other documents such as purchase orders, payments and advanced ship notices.

GXS has invested more than $150 million in its global data centers to significantly reduce its own energy consumption and carbon output. The company also recently joined the Environmental
Protection Agency’s Climate Leaders Program in an effort to establish long-term emissions reduction goals.
 
Verizon Business’ network consumes considerably less energy than the older technologies it replaced. This state-of-the-art network is designed to use bandwidth more efficiently, reduce network equipment and management costs, require less electricity to operate and cool, and enable employee productivity improvements.

The joint efforts of both GXS and Verizon Business are coming at the perfect time to capitalize on the efforts of businesses around the world to reduce their carbon footprint and take a more green approach to doing business.
 
Not only are these two companies working together to offer solutions that meet these needs, they also both set the standard within their own companies to ensure that they can practice what they preach. If more companies followed suit, there would be a greater trend of companies making the investment necessary to better the environment in which they work and live, which can benefit all of mankind.
 
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Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.


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