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MESPAS launches integrated procurement platform

Zurich-based maritime software company MESPAS has launched a new web-based trading platform to link vessel operators and maritime suppliers, to increase efficiency in their procurement processes.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The MESPAS Connect platform offers functionality to shipping companies for supplier sourcing, ratings and global search capabilities and can be integrated into any purchasing software using a standard interface. Offer requests and orders can be transferred to a selected supplier directly without the need for manual action.

Suppliers can use the software to submit offers and receive orders, and can leverage integrated management tools for performance analysis or assigning cases to account managers. The platform also offers APIs to integrate with the suppliers’ in-house software.

All parties work from the same structured data set of 60,000 machinery types and millions of spare parts.

MESPAS says that it is expecting a procurement volume of more than US$1 million on the platform immediately upon release, with a projected total volume of US$465 million annually. This initial volume is expected to be generated by existing customers of MESPAS’ Technical Ship Management software.

By the end of 2018 the company says that it will launch a fully electronic invoicing module for MESPAS Connect, to remove the need to have paper invoices. The electronic invoices will be generated by the supplier at the click of a button, appearing immediately on the ship manager’s screen.

MESPAS Connect is a replacement for the MESPAS Supplier Business website previously operated by the application provider.{/mprestriction}

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