Networld Exchange Inc., the leading provider of business-to-business e-commerce services in the foodservice/hospitality industry, announced an agreement with Pocahontas Foods USA to be a provider of e-commerce capabilities to its 177 distributor locations.

Distributor affiliates look to the Pocahontas management team for marketing, purchasing and sales support along with the value-added business services that keep the affiliates growing and profitable. This agreement will accelerate Pocahontas' commitment to building e-commerce into its $8 billion trading network.

"Our distributors depend on us to bring them the technology solutions that will better position them for success now and in the future. Ultimately, e-commerce efficiencies will enhance relationships with operator-customers, significantly impacting bottom-line profits," said Kevin Collier, vice president of distributor marketing at Pocahontas Foods USA.

"What attracted us to the Networld Exchange solution was not only superior functionality, but the ease of use for the foodservice operator," said Collier.

Integration Experience Was Key

"Networld has extensive experience integrating to a variety of systems, and there are quite a variety of systems among our 177 distributors. Communicating across multiple systems in an orderly way will lower transaction costs for our distributors and enable them to use the new e-commerce services quickly; it does not need to be a cumbersome process," said Kevin Collier.

New Efficiencies

"E-commerce drives new efficiencies into everyday business processes, improving overall quality and speeding communications between manufacturers, distributors and operators," said John Schachat, executive vice president of Networld Exchange. "Pocahontas has hundreds of manufacturers participating in group-buying programs, including the industry's most recognized branded manufacturers. They understand e-commerce not as a new gimmick, but as the next step toward improving the overall communications," he said. "This agreement is a win for everyone. For our mutual customers, for Networld Exchange, and for Pocahontas."

About Pocahontas

Pocahontas Foods USA is a national foodservice distributor marketing group, consisting of over 177 foodservice distributors throughout the United States and abroad, with network sales of over 8 billion dollars. The Pocahontas brand has been established for over 100 years and its distributors provide a variety of products and services to operators in every segment of the industry, from family-owned restaurants to the nation's largest chains and institutions.

About Networld Exchange

Networld Exchange Inc. is an online e-commerce service linking suppliers and their buyers into active trading communities on the Internet, via Web-browser. Networld Exchange hosts the WorldCommerce(SM) trading infrastructure and provides immediate, full-service online trading capability for small, medium and large members of the supply chain. Networld Exchange also offers integration to back office systems of suppliers and buyers via EDI, XML and legacy communications.