Agribuys Launches Seafood Advisory Council

TORRANCE, Calif. - Agribuys announced on Wednesday the creation of a seafood supplier advisory council. The Seafood Advisory Council (SAC) will give suppliers a forum to voice concerns, air e-commerce-related issues, and request additions to the Agribuys platform.

"Frank feedback is very important when building a customer-centric company that is growing as rapidly as Agribuys," says Marina Kotsianas, Agribuys' president and CEO. "The Seafood Advisory Council is the newest channel through which our supplier customers can talk to us about the e-commerce-related issues that are important to them. From the first, we have surveyed our suppliers on a regular basis. That practice will continue and be supplemented by the input from Council members."

Agribuys' SAC is comprised of seafood suppliers representing small, medium and large companies, as well as primary processor/catchers, aqua
culturists, wholesalers and distributors. Members will serve a one-year, voluntary term. They will express the specific needs of seafood suppliers that use an Internet-based supply chain management system. The Council will also evaluate Agribuys' current system and offer suggestions for improved functionality.

Agribuys' first supply-side input group, the Produce Advisory Council
(PAC), made its debut in October 2000 at the Produce Marketing Association's Fresh Summit.

"Suggestions from PAC have resulted in several enhancements to the
Agribuys system," says Kotsianas. "More than 60 supplier-requested features have been incorporated into Version 10 of our web site which will be introduced in October. For example, suppliers will be able to
establish ZIP code-based freight contracts and easily apply custom-built charges to purchase orders or freight bills."

Other additions derived from PAC suggestions include the system's ability to incorporate price sheets based on region, and a supplier notification system that alerts suppliers to buyer claims against them.
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