Fast talk: GXS EDI solution connects lighting manufacturer to global partners
Osram Sylvania, one of the two largest lighting manufacturers in the world, is using GXS Trading Grid Messaging Service to manage B2B e-commerce transactions with customers and suppliers on a global basis.
Osram Sylvania , one of the two largest lighting manufacturers in the world, is using GXS Trading Grid Messaging Service to manage B2B e-commerce transactions with customers and suppliers on a global basis.
As a market leader in both conventional and semiconductor-based light sources for vehicles, OSRAM SYLVANIA faced challenges doing business in countries that can vary widely in their languages and cultural norms, but also in their legal requirements. Against a background of such complexity, OSRAM needed a solution that enabled much more flexibility.
Osram Sylvania selected GXS to support the company’s EDI strategy and global growth—especially in Asia—and improve time-to-market for new products. GXS Trading Grid Messaging Service is a global, Internet-based transaction management service that enables companies to trade business documents electronically in a secure and reliable fashion using both the latest XML standards as well as traditional EDI document standards.
“With GXS we can move faster to address new EDI opportunities anywhere in the world by adding new trading partners very quickly. We don’t need to be specialists or worry about the varying standards and technologies in different countries,” says Oliver Rupprecht, EDI manager at Osram Sylvania. “Instead, we can concentrate on running our business with the added benefit of automated processes. GXS provides us with a standardized, high-availability infrastructure that drives down the cost of data exchange with business partners.”
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