Covast B2B Integration Solution Helps JDF Distribution Maintain Customer Service
Commitment, Differentiate From Competition
ATLANTA - July 25, 2006 - Covast, a leading provider of business-to-business
(B2B) integration solutions for the logistics and distribution industry, today
reports that JDF Distribution is using the Covast B2B Suite for Logistics and
Distribution to help maintain its position as a top third-party logistics (3PL)
service provider serving the southwestern U.S. The flexibility, ease-of-use
and affordability of Covast's B2B integration solution have allowed JDF Distribution
to meet the electronic data interchange (EDI) integration requirements of one
of its largest customers. Just as important, JDF Distribution is now able to
provide customers all of the benefits of custom tailored 3PL services, while
having the IT infrastructure of a global provider.
"One of the reasons that our clients choose a niche company like JDF Distribution
is because they need a 3PL service provider flexible enough to meet their specific
needs and customer-centric enough to ensure quality services. We want to be
sure our clients have the best of both worlds - the customized services of a
niche 3PL with the technology capabilities of our larger competition,"
said Kevin Tarpley, director of distribution, JDF Distribution.
Recently, one of JDF Distribution's largest customers decided to expand their
presence in the southwestern U.S. However, in order to do this, they required
JDF Distribution to interface with their order fulfillment and warehouse management
system. In accordance with its commitment to offer customized, flexible 3PL
services, JDF Distribution began its search for a B2B integration solution that
would help meet their customer's requirements.
After evaluating several solutions, JDF Distribution selected Covast because
it was the only solution on the market that allowed them to meet the company's
B2B integration goals without having to rework its IT infrastructure. These
- Easy to use, Quick to Deploy: With limited IT resources, JDF Distribution
did not want or have time to learn all the complexities of B2B integration
and EDI. They needed a B2B integration solution that could be up and running
quickly. Covast provided a turn-key solution that could be implemented in
a few short weeks and allowed them to get information to and from their customer
- Adaptable: The requirements of JDF Distribution's clients are ever-changing.
The company needed a solution that was flexible enough to easily grow with
both the company's needs and their customers' requirements.
- Affordable: JDF Distribution could not justify the cost of a higher-priced
system since their B2B transaction volume was unpredictable. They needed a
system that was relatively inexpensive, but scalable enough to support higher
transaction volumes as their business evolved.
- Microsoft Compatible: As a Microsoft shop, JDF Distribution required
a compatible solution. Covast's solution "snaps into" both BizTalk
Server and Visual Studio and uses SQL Server as its database, allowing JDF
Distribution to choose a solution that was familiar and simple to deploy.
"Covast understands that flexibility is king in the logistics and distribution
industry. You have to be able to accommodate your customers' demands, but in
a cost-effective and quick manner. Our B2B integration solutions are built on
these principles, making Covast the integration partner of choice with many
of the world's largest logistics and distribution companies," said Daan
Scheer, CEO, Covast.
To learn more about the Covast B2B Suite for Logistics and Distribution, please
Covast is a leading provider of business-to-business integration solutions
for collaborative business environments. The company provides integration solutions
that bridge the gap between legacy electronic data interchange (EDI) applications
and today's new Internet standards. The suite of products that Covast offers
is designed to facilitate fast and cost-effective business-to-business integration
with single platform environments, such as those supported by Microsoft BizTalk
Server and IBM WebSphere. Covast is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and an
IBM Business Partner. With its European headquarters in the Netherlands and
its U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, Covast has strategic relationships with partners
and customers including GXS, Accenture, EDS, HP, Citrix and Siemens. For more
information, visit http://www.covast.com.
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