BELL ATLANTIC EDI OFFERS 'CARBON COPY,' 'PRIORITY DELIVERY'
BELL ATLANTIC EDI OFFERS 'CARBON COPY,' 'PRIORITY DELIVERY' Enhancements Made Possible By 1991 Court Decision Lifting Ban on Information Services SEATTLE, May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Bell Atlantic telephone companies now offer Bell Atlantic IntelliTrade electronic data interchange (EDI) users new ways to send their EDI documents in volume -- or in a hurry. Carbon Copy lets customers send electronic documents to entire lists of recipients with the ease of sending a single electronic message. Priority Delivery lets IntelliTrade EDI users request specific delivery schedules -- e.g., the distribution of all purchase orders within half an hour rather than once a day. EDI is the electronic exchange of business documents in a standard format. Often used to facilitate the buying process between a large company and its many vendors, EDI improves trading relationships by reducing the time, errors and costs associated with the manual processing of purchase orders, invoices and other routine documents. The Bell Atlantic telephone companies, through Network Services, Inc., market their EDI service under the labels of IntelliTrade service, which serves standalone IBM-compatible PCs, and IntelliTrade PLUS service, which can act as a communications interface to mainframe computers. Both services are available on a national basis. "Bell Atlantic's enhancement of its IntelliTrade EDI services reflects our application of newly won freedom in the information services marketplace," said Marjorie MacArthur, Bell Atlantic product manager for IntelliTrade. "These new IntelliTrade options enable Bell Atlantic to much more effectively meet our customers' requirements." Bell Atlantic began working to improve the capabilities of its IntelliTrade line of EDI services immediately following a U.S. court decision of October 1991. That decision lifted the AT&T Consent Decree restrictions that blocked the regional Bell companies from completely satisfying customer requirements for information services. EDI Can Be Tailored to Each Customer Bell Atlantic's IntelliTrade service offers the additional benefits of customization, integration and consulting. Customization allows standard EDI documents to be customized to a company's particular needs. Applications integration, or "mapping," integrates a company's PC-based EDI applications with its mainframe applications. Bell Atlantic provides consulting services to analyze a company's requirements, determine and implement the optimum solution. IntelliTrade Has Nationwide Connections In mid-April, IBM and AT&T became the latest companies to agree to EDI service connection agreements with Bell Atlantic, which has signalled its intent to connect with all major EDI service providers in order to maximize IntelliTrade service's ease of use and wide applicability. Now connecting with Bell Atlantic IntelliTrade service are the AT&T EasyLink and the IBM Information Network, in addition to the services of General Electric Information Services (GEIS), Harbinger EDI Services, Sears Communication Company, Inc., Sprint International and Sterling Software Ordernet. Together, these service providers allow access to about four-fifths of the commercial EDI market. IntelliTrade Saves Money "Bell Atlantic's IntelliTrade software is priced competitively among major providers of EDI PC software," said MacArthur. "For under $900 a company can establish its EDI capability and receive two months' worth of usage." IntelliTrade gives companies significant ongoing economies, she said. One IntelliTrade customer, Crown Central Petroleum Corp., has tapped Bell Atlantic IntelliTrade service to cut its bill processing costs from 75 cents to 15 cents per invoice. "By reducing bill processing expenses by four-fifths, Crown Central is saving hundreds of thousands of dollars per year," said Margaret Esposito, management information systems manager at Crown Central. Upon switching to Bell Atlantic IntelliTrade service from another EDI vendor, Manhattan Stationers' Vice President Les Levy said, "Our company has saved 40 percent and enjoyed a much higher level of customer support." Bell Atlantic IntelliTrade network services let vendors and suppliers connect nationally, via public data networks, with any of their customers that use standardized forms of EDI. Customers in the mid-Atlantic region have the option of accessing IntelliTrade services by using Bell Atlantic's own low-cost Public Data Network for local data packet transport. Bell Atlantic Corporation (NYSE: BEL), based in Philadelphia, is the parent company of New Jersey Bell, Bell of Pennsylvania, Diamond State Telephone serving Delaware, and the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Companies serving Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Bell Atlantic also is the parent of companies that provide mobile communications in the mid-Atlantic region and business systems solutions for customer-based information technology including software, systems integration, hardware and software service and support, and financial services, throughout the United States and internationally. In addition, Bell Atlantic International offers network services and consulting to telephone authorities throughout the world, and in conjunction with Ameritech, owns a majority interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand. /delval/ -0- 5/11/92 /NOTE: IntelliTrade and IntelliTrade PLUS are trademarks. EasyLink is a registered trademark./ /CONTACT: Nancy Murray of Bell Atlantic, 703-974-1719/ (BEL) CO: Bell Atlantic Corporation ST: Washington IN: TLS SU: PDT
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