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Barnes & Noble To Use SupplyWorks E-Procurement Application

Barnes & Noble Inc. plans to use the Internet to streamline purchasing of store maintenance supplies. The nation's largest bookseller said Monday that it has selected an E-procurement application from SupplyWorks Inc. and expects to have 1,000 Barnes & Noble and B. Dalton stores using the system this fall. The application should eliminate paperwork and help the company better track its spending.

Barnes & Noble plans initially to connect five suppliers to its system so that it can send orders directly to them via the Web. These suppliers include Office Depot, business forms and labels company Wallace Computer Services, and janitorial services company Allied Waste Industries. The company plans to connect another 20 to 30 vendors eventually, all suppliers of facilities-management products. The company says it won't purchase books and other retail merchandise using the application, called SupplyWorksMRO, because those transactions require more human interaction between buyer and vendors.

This is the second big customer win in a month for SupplyWorks, which competes with Ariba, Commerce One, and Oracle. Last month, the software vendor signed a deal with a business unit of Ingersoll-Rand Co. The private company has raised $10 million in venture funding from Atlas Venture, North Bridge Venture Partners, and New Meadows Capital.

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