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LG Consolidates Data Systems

LG Electronics said it has selected systems software developer GXS’ trading-grid technology to consolidate and centralize its interactions with more than 200 global trading partners.

The change will help LG optimize its systems management and get products to retailers’ shelves quicker with more efficiency, the company said.

The new system is expected to reduce complexity in LG’s supply-chain operations by centralizing its geographically-dispersed enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems in the United States Europe, South America and Asia-Pacific at its headquarters in Seoul, and to centralize its business-to-business (B to B) e-commerce functions onto a unified global platform, according to the brown- and white-goods manufacturer.

“As a leader in the highly competitive consumer electronics sector, LG’s success depends upon its ability to coordinate supply-chain activities and share real-time information with a network of contract manufacturers, third-party logistics providers and consumer electronics retailers around the world,” LG said in a statement.

GXS Trading Grid is a global B-to-B e-commerce and integration platform that supports the creation and adoption of on-demand supply chain management solutions. It supports a range of e-commerce standards including electronic data interchange (EDI), XML, KEDIFACT, RosettaNet and AS2.

Trading Grid is said to help customers automate global trading communities by shielding complexity from rapidly changing standards, eliminating manual and duplicative processes, and enabling the highest levels of B to B integration and collaboration.

GXS said that by moving all B to B transactions onto a single vendor, LG’s IT organization now benefits from having centralized operations in Korea to support its trading partners in more than 70 countries.