BuyerLink Networks, a leading provider of network marketplaces serving the $3.9 trillion food and beverage industries, today announced it has signed an agreement with Quality Chekd Dairies Inc., a leading cooperative of dairy processors, to offer full e-commerce capabilities for Quality Chekd's members. BuyerLink's online network, BuyerLinkDairy.com, will allow Quality Chekd's members to purchase products from their suppliers quickly and cost effectively over the Internet.

Purchasing agents at the member dairies will be able to log on to BuyerLinkDairy.com from their desktop computer and view information on all of their suppliers. They can place orders quickly, check the status of orders, review past orders, and send feedback to suppliers and to Quality Chekd headquarters.

Gary Hess, Purchasing Director at Quality Chekd, stated, "This relationship with BuyerLink Networks will keep Quality Chekd on the cutting edge of providing e-commerce capabilities and services to our members. We had been exploring which e-commerce platform would be best suited for our business needs, and BuyerLink showed us how we can satisfy our member's current and future needs."

"BuyerLink.com is ideally suited for cooperatives such as Quality Chekd," said Rich Witherspoon, BuyerLink Networks' co-founder and vice president of marketing. "It saves time and money, and it provides valuable information. The BuyerLink network also allows the buyers to strengthen their long-held relationships they have built over years of doing business with their suppliers. It's what we call 'relationship e-commerce(TM)."'

BuyerLinkDairy.com allows suppliers in the network to configure their sites to accommodate every customer individually. When a buyer goes to a supplier's site in the network, he finds a customized catalog and order forms designed for Quality Chekd. This flexibility in the system keeps business running smoothly, building trust and value.

The BuyerLinkDairy.com Website is hosted by Sand Hill Systems, a technology partner of BuyerLink Networks. This means that Quality Chekd does not have to buy expensive hardware or software, nor does it have to hire additional technical personnel to install and support the system. The system is easy for Quality Chekd's members to use. They need only a desktop computer with a Web browser.

About the Partners

BuyerLink Networks, based in San Jose, California, was founded in early 2000. BuyerLink is a provider of network marketplaces serving the food and beverage industries. It provides a hosted e-commerce solution that allows users to conduct complex yet cost-effective transactions and access comprehensive e-business services. By permitting extensive modification, BuyerLink's purchasing networks support the long-held relationships built between suppliers and buyers. For more information about BuyerLink Networks, visit http://www.buyerlinknetworks.com.

Quality Chekd, a member-owned dairy cooperative, is one of the largest dairy-product organizations of its kind, with member companies in the U.S., Canada, Columbia, and Mexico. Combined 1999 sales of nearly $3 billion make Quality Chekd one of the largest dairy-product brands in North America. Quality Chekd was founded in 1944 and is based in Naperville, Illinois. For more information about Quality Chekd, visit http://www.qchekd.com.