IDG’s Network World Announces its E-Commerce Innovator of the Year, Sigma-Aldrich Chemical Company

SOUTHBOROUGH, MASS. –02/28/2000 –Network World Inc., the leader in network knowledge, today honored Sigma-Aldrich Corp., a $1.2 billion chemical company based in St. Louis, MO, with its E-comm Innovator of the Year Award for successful implementation of its business-to-business e-commerce site. Network World published details of the award and the winning implementation in its second annual Electronic Commerce Issue, a special Signature Series edition. It also features the award winner on its Fusion Web site at, and will honor Sigma-Aldrich at an awards ceremony at IDG's Internet Commerce Expo (ICE) conference taking place March 27-30 in Boston, MA.

Network World's E-comm Innovator of the Year Award honors a company that approaches business-to-business e-commerce with a carefully constructed business plan, intimate knowledge of the target customer base, and strong technology underpinnings. This year, Sigma-Aldrich wins the award for its PipeLine e-commerce site, which currently handles $2 million in orders monthly.

Unlike most e-commerce sites today, PipeLine was designed to tie into Sigma Aldrich's back-end order-processing systems, enabling it to handle a high-volume of e-commerce transactions. Sigma-Aldrich customers — research chemists in academic, government and corporate labs — can shop, obtain up-to-the minute pricing and product availability information, confirm orders, and check status and shipping information, all in real-time.

"Sigma-Aldrich's Internet-based e-commerce isn't just about a front-end Web site that's filled with snazzy product shots, a helpful search engine and an electronic order form that turns into paper once the customer hits "Submit",' reported Beth Schultz, Network World's Executive Editor for the Signature Series. "For Sigma-Aldrich, only the integrated e-thing will do: end to-end commerce. The company has built a system that stays `e' from order to fulfillment, all the while not interrupting the flow of its billion-dollar business. For that it's earned our second annual E-comm Innovator Award."

Network World's Electronic Commerce Issue, in its second year, is part of Network World's Signature Series, an innovative series of six special issues published bi-monthly. The series is designed to explore the most important issues facing Network IS professionals, the people directly responsible for strategizing, designing, building and managing enterprise-wide computer networks. The six issues in the series are The Power Issue, The Electronic Commerce Issue, The Network World 200 Issue, The You Issue, The Buzz Issue, and The Best Issue.

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