E-commerce Briefs

Friday, May 12, 2000
Autoship Goes Dot.Com

Autoship Systems, per its partnership with Stargate, an ISP/ASP provider, has developed jointly a web site whereby their loading planning software, LPS, can be used remotely. Utilizing thin client technology, Autoship can now enable internationally located clients to work with LPS without actually implementing the software on their personal computers.

Remote access through the Internet allows users to run deploy LPS using any available computer with Internet connection. In addition, the thin client technology allows multiple users to run the same instance of LPS concurrently.

ExxonMobil To Trade Marine Fuels On Net

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels (EMMF) will begin trading marine fuels on the Internet and has signed the first of several agreements with an e-commerce portal.

EMMF, which supplies more than 15 million tons of marine fuels per year, has signed a contract with London-based Telemarine Ltd. to participate in e-trading on BUNKERSTEM. Telemarine operates the Bunkerworld.com website and BUNKERSTEM, a secure e-trading facility for buying and selling bunker fuels over the Internet.

Peter Healey, director at EMMF, said the company expected to use several portals and would offer clients direct quotes over its own site in the summer. "Used properly, it (the Internet) will benefit everyone in the bunker industry, by making the market more transparent, and by cutting costs," Healey said. "And in the spirit of the Internet, we will be open to links with all significant participants. We shall also offer our own direct website facility, which will include direct quotes for bunker supplies and technical advice."

CIT Re-Launches eFinance-it.com

CIT Equipment Financing recently relaunched its site, eFinance-it.com, which is a unique application for equipment buyers with a variety of finance and industry resource functions.

Over the last twelve months eFinance-it.com — www.eFinance-it.com — has developed into a comprehensive site by combining financing functions with relevant industry information for customers and other users. Tailored to the specific needs of the equipment buying community, the site provides CIT customers, vendors, manufacturers and brokers with a complete loan servicing package that includes online credit application, reporting, invoicing and analysis.

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