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CombineNet Unveils Strategic Sourcing Solutions for Four Supply Chain-Driven Industries

 CombineNet Unveils Strategic Sourcing Solutions for Four Supply Chain-Driven
                                  Industries

Leader in Advanced E-Sourcing Solutions Addresses Unique Sourcing Needs for
CPG, Food and Beverage, Retail and Restaurant Businesses

PR Newswire

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 14, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --CombineNet, Inc., the leading
provider of best-in-class online sourcing technology solutions for global
supply chains, announced today its launch of enhanced strategic sourcing
solutions combining technology, spend category tools, e-sourcing best
practices, and expert services for four supply chain-driven industries:
Consumer Packaged Goods Manufacturing (CPG), Food and Beverage Manufacturing,
Retail and Restaurant Chains. Each solution package is designed to address
critical sourcing and procurement needs faced by that industry, based on
CombineNet's decade-plus experience in working with its global clients and
from spend areas where strongest benefits have been realized.

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CombineNet selected these four industries as focus areas on the basis of their
maturity in the adoption of advanced sourcing practices, both in terms of
organizational structure and technology utilization, and because of the
presence within these industries of large spend sizes involving moderate to
complex sourcing needs that are insufficiently supported by most general
procurement and e-sourcing products today. Those more complex spend areas
typically include: primary and secondary packaging; transportation and
distribution services; direct materials and ingredients; facility services;
spends in need of aggregation; and indirect materials vital to supply chain
operations.

These solutions leverage the success of CombineNet's highly popular Best
Practices Center service, which has seen rapid adoption by current customers
using the advanced e-sourcing platform, CombineNet ASAP®. Each CombineNet
industry solution offering includes:

  oSubscription access to the CombineNet ASAP® advanced e-sourcing product
    for supporting eRFI, eRFP, and e-auction needs, and backed by 21 U.S.
    patents.
  oRapid start-up tools for key spend categories vital to that particular
    industry. Those tools include RFP, RFI, and pre-configured sourcing event
    templates for important categories across direct and indirect spends.
  oA Best Practices Knowledge Center for each of the four industries, each
    delivering premium content, e-sourcing guides and services for running
    optimal e-sourcing events using CombineNet ASAP's full suite of features
    and how to best configure those features for industry- and
    category-specific event requirements.
  oExpert Services and Training to ensure the successful launch, management,
    and analysis of e-sourcing events. Services include event start-up
    consulting, RFP readiness reviews, coaching, advanced analytics training,
    and more.

"We're pleased to announce these enhanced industry-focused solutions, designed
to help teams become more strategic in their approach to sourcing categories
crucial to running their businesses and supply chains," said Rich Wilson,
CombineNet chief executive officer. "Each industry solution delivers the power
of an expressive, collaborative bidding process between buyers and suppliers,
the power of optimization and analytics to improve procurement outcomes, and
industry-focused knowledge transfer and services support to improve customer
sourcing success."

CombineNet's advanced sourcing solutions are used by:

  o5 of the 12 top CPG companies in the world
  o8 of the top 15 global food manufacturers
  o5 of the world's largest beverage manufacturers
  o7 of the Top 20 retailers in the U.S. and 17 of the Top 200 retailers in
    the world
  o7 major restaurant systems in the U.S. 

CombineNet's industry strategic sourcing solutions are priced by number of
users and offer a tremendous value by bundling technology, best practices
tools and content, and expert services support in one package. 

More information is available at
http://www.combinenet.com/solutions/industries/index.php.

About CombineNet

CombineNet, Inc. delivers award-winning best-in-class e-sourcing software
solutions through its products CombineNet ASAP® for advanced e-sourcing,
CombineNet Spend Analysis, and CombineNet Contract Management. Using these
Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based sourcing products, CombineNet customers can
rapidly adopt proven solutions for increasing spend under management and
improving enterprise spend insights. Now in its twelfth year in business,
CombineNet is known for its track record in driving significant bottom-line
and productivity savings for its clientele which includes: Procter & Gamble,
General Mills, Reckitt Benckiser, Sears, Macy's, Rite Aid, Coca-Cola, PepsiCo,
SAB Miller, Hershey's, Smithfield Foods, Wendy's QSCC, UFPC/Yum! Brands, and
many more Global 2000 firms.

SOURCE CombineNet, Inc.

Website: http://www.combinenet.com
Contact: Jen Bannan, The Bannan Group, +1-412-580-3675,
jenbannan@thebannangroup.com