Defense EMall will link 30,000 new suppliers

Defense EMall will link 30,000 new suppliers

The Defense Department's EMall online procurement system will soon get 30,000 new suppliers of off-the-shelf products.
Defense Logistics Agency officials licensed data integration software from webMethods Inc. of Fairfax, Va., to link the EMall to other online marketplaces and catalogs, said Don O'Brien, the EMall program manager.

Most new suppliers, especially for IT products, will come through the Ariba Commerce Services Network of Ariba Inc. of Mountain View, Calif.

Although DOD personnel are the primary EMall users, about 30 percent of buyers come from other agencies, O'Brien said.

The webMethods software lets users surf a supplier's Web site
yet buy items through a single, integrated EMall shopping cart, O'Brien said. The software costs $275,000 for a two-year renewable license.

The expanded site, at http://www.emall.dla.mil, will go live at the end of the month.

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