Net profits for local businesses in online sale - New e-marketplace makes introductory off...


12-02-2001

Companies of all types and sizes in the Cambridge area could net themselves some new business by logging on to a new web service to be launched on Monday 12th February.

The Cambridge-Exchange (www.cambridge-exchange.co.uk) is a place for local companies to meet and conduct business with each other. Developed by local E-business solutions provider The App Tap, it brings together buyers and suppliers in an easy to use, risk free and cost effective marketplace for Cambridge and the surrounding areas.



Businesses can list jobs for tender and request quotations from other local companies, and also respond to requests for the provision of goods and services online. Requests for quotations can then be delivered directly into the enquirer's private area on Cambridge-Exchange, or via e-mail or even SMS! Those posting requests for goods and services may, if they wish, request anonymity to avoid unsolicited contact.



Serving businesses in Cambridge and surrounding areas, the Exchange has been designed on a template that The App Tap anticipates can be taken up by any city, town or county to develop their own business to business exchange for local companies.



Founded by major players in the ISP and IT solutions providers arena, The App Tap offer a range of initiatives for managed services such as servers, hardware, backups and system monitoring. The App Tap also offers e-business platforms and Intranet design implementation and management.



Cambridge Exchange Giveaway



The Cambridge-Exchange is offering 20 sponsors the opportunity to offer goods or services to the value of 500 in exchange for a free six-month trial subscription, six months worth of free banner advertising on the site, and one web page of company information, (total value 1000). For more information, please contact clare.maloney@the-apptap.com - ENDS -



Notes for Editors



The Cambridge Exchange



The Cambridge-Exchange has been created by The App Tap, the Cambridge based e-marketplace service provider. The App Tap host all the technical infrastructure of the Cambridge-Exchange so that buyers and suppliers do not need to have a web site of their own - all they need is access to the Internet.



Aimed at businesses in the locality, the Cambridge Exchange will streamline the often inefficient and time consuming processes of finding suppliers for business services, requesting and comparing quotes and negotiating prices. For suppliers it will make it easier and quicker to find new customers and close deals.



Subscribers to the Cambridge Exchange service can post details of their needs on the website. A classified directory of supplier categories allows buyers to quickly identify and submit these requests directly from the website. The system also provides a simple mechanism to allow sellers to respond quickly and efficiently once new requests for quotes have been posted. Their sales people will be notified by e-mail, and even SMS, so that they can respond quickly. A record of all the requests received and responses made to buyers is also held on the subscribers' private area on the Cambridge-Exchange and responses, to provide a permanent record of all transactions.



About The App Tap



The App Tap is an e-marketplace Provider. The company provides the capability for leading brands and vertical market leaders to launch their own business to business trading platforms to their SME business communities within their own locations or business sectors. Applications that meet the needs of SMEs include e-mail, CRM, Directory Services and Intranet are provided on a low cost monthly rental scheme. Companies simply rent their services from the local marketplace and The App Tap provides the managed infrastructure and security. The company also provides managed server and web hosting facilities at its partner data-centres.



The App Tap partners include Microsoft and IBM to deliver high quality affordable services to local, regional and community marketplaces.

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