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Staples, American Express Travel Plan Intranets

American Express Travel Services and Staples Inc. have taken their corporate services online, announcing plans Tuesday to create intranets aimed at boosting employee productivity.

The two companies will use IntraNetics 2.0, a suite of full-service applications to create comprehensive intranet solutions.

For American Express, IntraNetics' application will enable personnel to manage travel plans and expenses directly from their intranet. Purchasing tickets, finding last-minute travel bargains and making itinerary changes are now centralized thereby reducing time and effort and increasing productivity, the company said.

Staples' e-commerce site will be integrated into the organization's intranet, empowering authorized personnel to search for products and place orders. Administrators can receive e-mail reminders and personalized lists to help manage inventory. A product matchmaker and order status report will also be offered.

"We constantly strive to offer our customers applications and services to increase the overall value of their intranet," said Steve Crummey, IntraNetics president and chief executive officer.

"These new resources will add to IntraNetics already vast array of powerful applications and features found in a single integrated interface."