Helm® Directs Its Suppliers to Integrate via the Essent® OrderTrax® Network

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BETHLEHEM, PA | August 2017 | Helm® is embarking on a company-wide supply chain initiative to integrate with its suppliers via the Essent® OrderTrax® Network and has selected Essent to work on Helm’s behalf to implement the integration.

The Helm Supplier Integration Initiative directs Helm’s suppliers to integrate with Helm via OrderTrax, the promotional products industry-standard Electronic Data Interchange (EDI). OrderTrax allows companies to integrate on standards of their choosing including mature, established standards such as ePSA and ANSI and emerging standards like PromoStandards™.

Essent, the promotional products industry’s leading and most experienced integration services provider, will work with Helm suppliers toward implementing the integration.

"Helm is excited about the capabilities and transparency into the Supply Chain that OrderTrax provides. These allow us to not only serve our clients and customers more efficiently, but our suppliers as well by streamlining communication and follow up processes,” says Michelle Schwab, Manager over Planning and Purchasing as well as Supplier Relations at Helm.

Essent Business Development Manager Marco Peña is leading the initiative and will work with Helm suppliers to move the integration project forward.

"On a day-to-day basis, suppliers are inundated with inquiries about pricing, inventory, catalogs, configurations, orders, order status, shipping status, and invoices. The traditional ways of answering those inquiries – manually by phone and email – is time-intensive, error-prone, inefficient, and it ultimately costs suppliers time and money. Communicating this information automatically via the Essent OrderTrax Network reduces labor, eliminates errors, increases efficiencies and ultimately increases profitability for Helm and its suppliers,” Mr. Peña said.

"We feel utilizing the OrderTrax technology gives us and our supplier community a great platform to standardize business processes. Transparency and lower transaction costs will be a big win for Helm and our suppliers”, says Ryan Gusick, Vice President of Supply Chain at Helm.

Documents and information that can be integrated via the OrderTrax Network include Inventory Availability, Customer Price List, Order Status, Advance Ship Notice, Media, Product Data, Purchase Orders, Product Configuration, Invoices, and more.

About OrderTrax

OrderTrax is a mature, proven integration network that securely and accurately processes over 12 Million transactions representing over $3 Billion in commerce annually. Supporting ANSI X12, cXML, ePSA, PromoStandards, and other public and proprietary standards, OrderTrax allows companies to integrate using the standards of their choosing. Instead of implementing and maintaining a costly new integration for each trading partner, companies can integrate once through OrderTrax to become connected to many trading partners.

About Helm

Helm is a leading provider of branded merchandise, fulfillment, and ecommerce solutions to some of the world’s most successful companies. Every day, we use our creativity and ingenuity to solve problems for our clients and help them build meaningful connections with their consumers. It’s not about growing our brand — it’s about growing their brands.

About Essent

Essent is an innovative provider of fully-integrated business management software solutions and services for process-intensive industries. Essent solutions combine flexible workflow management with innovative technologies that automate repetitive tasks and simplify business processes. Since 1981, Essent has offered the systems, service, software, and support critical to success in today's highly-competitive marketplace. Essent provides best-in-class solutions for business management, ecommerce, and integration.



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