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 All Star Dairy Association, a leading cooperative of dairy processors, to offer full e-commerce capabilities for All Star’s members. BuyerLink’s online network, BuyerLinkDairy.com, will allow All Star’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, send feedback to suppliers and to All Star, and view graphs tracking how much money their All Star membership is saving them.
Jim Sutton, Vice President, Purchasing at All Star, commented, “BuyerLinkDairy.com allows All Star to provide a new level of service to our members. Now they will have access to information about their suppliers and their orders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The whole ordering process will be faster online. And BuyerLinkDairy.com will really highlight the value of being an All Star member, by detailing the dollars members save with their membership.”
“BuyerLinkDairy.com is ideally suited for buying groups such as All Star,” said Rich Witherspoon, BuyerLink Networks’ co-founder and vice president of marketing. “It saves time and money, and it provides valuable business information. The BuyerLink network also allows the buyers to strengthen the 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 form showing his individual pricing and payment terms. This flexibility in the system keeps business running smoothly, building trust and value.
BuyerLinkDairy.com’s ordering, purchasing and analysis applications are hosted by Sand Hill Systems, a technology partner of BuyerLink Networks. This means that All Star members do not have to buy expensive hardware or software, nor do they have to hire a technical staff to install and support the system. They need only a desktop computer with a Web browser.
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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.
BuyerLink Networks’ partner, Sand Hill Systems, also based in San Jose, California, provides a suite of B2B e-commerce applications designed to strengthen relationships among business partners while dramatically reducing order entry and procurement costs. Sand Hill hosts the applications, making them affordable for medium-size manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers seeking a competitive advantage through e-business.
All Star Dairy is an association of over 200 member dairy, water, food and plastic companies that have buying contracts with about 75 corporate suppliers. All Star negotiates volume-pricing agreements with the suppliers on behalf of the buyers and provides other value-added services to its members, such as quality assurance, training seminars, carton designs and an annual convention.