RealTime IT News Integrates with Nine B2B Companies

Office supply retailer said that its e-commerce site for contract customers will now be available through nine new partners, all providers of corporate procurement solutions and B2B e-marketplaces.

E-procurement providers that will offer include: Ariba Inc., Commerce One Inc, Intellisys Electronic Commerce Inc., Oracle Corp., Netscape Communications, RightWorks Corp., Requisite Technology Inc., TPN Register LLC and Concur Technologies Inc.

B2B systems integrator webMethods is providing an interface that uses Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) to enable to integrate with Web purchasing portals without manual processing or custom re-engineering of legacy, proprietary or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. said it can connect to any trading network or function independently as a trading partner.

"Office supplies are one of the first categories companies consider when looking for ways to streamline purchasing," said Anne-Marie Keane, vice president for business-to-business e-commerce at

"We've made a simple and cost-effective way for companies to purchase office supplies through the online purchasing medium of their choice." contract customers receive customized catalogs that let employees place orders that are approved by a designated manager, while purchasing agents can use the site to evaluate detailed reports of office supply expenses.

The site also provides customers access to real-time, live inventory availability, company-specific contract pricing, delivery lead times and shipping status by line item.