New Website Boosts AgGateway Strategic Plan
Washington, D.C., November 5, 2012
– AgGateway, the non-profit consortium of businesses working to promote, enable and expand eBusiness in agriculture, has revised and re-launched its corporate website (www.AgGateway.org) to support its 2013-15 strategic plan. The new website is easier for members and prospective members to navigate, and contains additional information on how and why agricultural companies should engage in eBusiness efforts. The site also unveils AgGateway’s new tagline, “Collaboration for eConnectivity”.
The strategic plan, developed by AgGateway members, contains four main objectives: 1) Promote the value and benefits of eBusiness and membership in AgGateway; 2) Reduce implementation barriers for companies of all sizes; 3) Become a valued partner to other industry groups; and 4) Develop and maintain strong councils and committees.
AgGateway President and CEO Rod Conner noted that a key goal of the new website, tagline and other communications efforts in the coming year will be to stress that implementing eBusiness is essential to many facets of modern ag production.
“The reality today is that customers expect immediate, accurate information,” he said. “There is continued streamlining of the supply chain; markets are more volatile – and more global; food safety and traceability are business imperatives; and we need to grow more with fewer resources through precision agriculture, sustainability and better technology. Establishing the electronic connectivity that allows for eBusiness is critical in addressing all of these challenges.”
AgGateway brings together people in a collaborative process, within and across agricultural sectors. It currently has more than 160 member companies working on projects within nine major industry segments: ag retail, allied providers (systems & software developers and service providers), crop nutrition, crop protection, feed, grain, ornamental horticulture and precision agriculture.
“One critical aspect of this collaborative work is that our members don’t just establish industry-wide solutions, but also implement them so that eConnectivity becomes a working reality,” Conner said.
Since being founded in 2005, AgGateway has provided the means for the U.S. agriculture industry to make significant strides in eConnectivity. For example, in the crop protection industry, 75% of industry order-to-invoice, inventory and sales reporting transactions between manufacturers and distributors are now electronic. In the seed industry, eConnectivity has been established among several manufacturers, distributors and retailers for shipping, invoicing and reporting; 20 companies are now involved in Phase II. And in crop nutrition, eConnectivity for contracts, ordering, shipping, shipment status and invoicing has been completed among several distributors and manufacturers; 10 companies are now involved in Phase II.
More information on AgGateway’s strategic plan and current initiatives will be presented this week at the AgGateway Annual Conference
(Nov. 6-8) in Albuquerque. For more information, go to www.AgGateway.org.
AgGateway is a non-profit consortium of businesses serving the agriculture industry, which helps member companies improve their profitability and productivity by promoting, enabling and expanding eBusiness in agriculture and agriculture related businesses. www.AgGateway.org
For media requests, contact Susan Ruland at 202-742-5967, ext. 10, or Susan.Ruland@AgGateway.org.
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