Redefining Supply Chain Management
Faster than a speeding e-mail. More powerful than EDI. Able to link printers, publishers and paper mills in a single bound. It's papiNet! And, it's likely to make a super difference in the way businesses are run.
PapiNet is a global initiative to develop and implement a set of standard electronic transaction formats that can be used by all parties engaged in the buying, selling and distribution of paper and forest products. It's goal, says David Steinhardt, regional director for papiNet North America and chief executive officer of IDEAlliance, is "to improve the speed, transparency and efficiency of transactions and administration throughout the entire supply chain between paper manufacturers, publishers, printers and paper merchants."
Should the initiative prove successful, Quad/Graphics of Pewaukee, WI, will use a single set of business documents that will include XML-based purchase orders, manifests and order confirmations to communicate in virtual real-time with everyone in the paper purchasing supply chain. Using XML and the Internet, the papiNet standard provides a digital dial tone that companies can use to automate the exchange of business information. This standard builds upon the existing communications infrastructure, enabling the communication of complex business documents as easily as voice communication. The standard includes common terminology and business documents for use in both domestic and international electronic transactions.
"It's computers talking directly to computers," explains Mike Ziegler, integration services manager at Quad/Graphics and a papiNet standards development work group representative. "We've generated electronic or EDI messages between ourselves and customers or suppliers for years. With papiNet, we plan to upgrade those messages and the technology so that when a purchase order is generated, it goes directly to the vendor's resource planning system.
"No one has to receive it, print it out and enter it manually. Efficiency is increased and accuracy is maximized."
Improving Supply Chain Management