Covast Connects Supply Chain for LeatherXchange
Integration broker assists service provider for the global leather industry
ATLANTA – March 19, 2002 – Covast Corporation, a provider of
integration software that enables connectivity in weeks or even days, today announced
that it is enhancing the functionality of LeatherXchange, the service provider
for the global leather industry. Covast will connect the back office applications
of LeatherXchange directly to its e-community.
LeatherXchange provides the leather industry with online marketplaces, sector
information and offline services including inspection and collaborative software.
The Barcelona-based organization targets major footwear and leather products
manufacturers and other industry players.
LeatherXchange uses Covast’s eCommunity Builder to provide a common communications
channel for each company and its suppliers, eliminating the confusion caused
by numerous forms, phone calls, faxes and e-mails.
“LeatherXchange was looking for a cost-efficient solution aimed purely
at connectivity – a generic interface for our internally developed supply
chain software,” said LeatherXchange IT Director Cees de Gruyter. “Covast’s
eCommunity Builder proved to be the most flexible and easy to use solution connecting
our clients’ back office applications to our e-commerce platform. Thanks
to Covast’s eCommunity Builder, LeatherXchange can help its clients to
unlock the potential of their legacy systems, thus providing new possibilities
for increasing efficiency, lowering costs and expanding business opportunities.”
“One shoe brand had to deal with numerous factories, each of which worked
with numerous tanneries which all traded with various raw material suppliers
– a real supply chain entanglement!” said Stuart Facey, Covast senior
vice president and general manager for EMEA. “With Covast’s eCommunity
Builder, LeatherXchange can now connect to any party independent of the format
and the communication protocol, strongly enhancing their offering to the leather
Covast simplifies the complexity of connecting, translating and sharing
electronic documents with your customers and trading partners. Covast’s
integration software provides secure and reliable connectivity to the
Internet and to VANs. In addition, our solutions’ robust capabilities
include the seamless translation of complex file formats and documents.
Covast accelerates the migration from EDI and proprietary file formats,
to new open standards such as XML. With European headquarters in the
Netherlands and U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic
relationships with partners and customers including Microsoft, Compaq,
ABN AMRO, ADC, KLM, and ING. For more information, visit www.covast.com.
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is a pioneer in the $110 billion worldwide leather industry. The company provides
a full range of services throughout the entire leather value chain to a sector
that includes some 170,000 companies. It offers online buying and selling transaction
services (market places), as well as leather industry content such as news and
market trend reports, inspection and operational support offline services, and
supply-chain management software. Founded in 1999 by leather industry professional
Jose R. Suarez, LeatherXchange, with approximately 500 Members in more than
40 countries, has its head quarters in Barcelona and locations in Argentina,
Belgium, Brazil, India, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the United