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Mazree Launches B2B Network to Make Supply Chain Social

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT -- (Marketwire) -- 11/13/12 -- Today Mazree (www.mazree.com) launched as the first business-to-business (B2B) social network for supply chain and business collaboration, connecting buying and selling organizations. Mazree's robust social networking features facilitate collaboration and communication between business buyers and business suppliers. Unlike other social networks used by businesses, Mazree was designed to connect companies with companies, not individuals to individuals.

Mazree is beginning its roll-out within the healthcare market. Intermountain Healthcare, the largest healthcare provider in the Intermountain West and the largest company in Utah, has signed on as the first adopter of the Mazree network. Intermountain Healthcare will use the Mazree network to connect directly with its 5,000+ suppliers in the healthcare industry. Other target markets for Mazree's initial introduction include construction and manufacturing.

"By combining social networking capabilities with impressive B2B tools, Mazree fills a big gap for B2B companies," said Brent T. Johnson, Chief Purchasing Officer at Intermountain Healthcare. "At Intermountain Healthcare, Mazree will be used as a tool to better collaborate with our suppliers and peers, to keep contact and company information up-to-date, and to simplify many of our sourcing events. By utilizing Mazree we will improve both the efficiency and effectiveness of our relationships with our suppliers and peers."

Johnson continued, "The healthcare supply chain has many participants that don't communicate or collaborate very effectively. It's a complex and costly supply chain. Mazree is a tool that has great potential to add significant value to the healthcare supply chain. I highly recommend that all healthcare suppliers and peers join Mazree. Imagine the value for healthcare to have one network where the entire industry is participating! We can improve industry collaboration, keep up-to-date with key company information, and together build a more efficient healthcare supply chain."

By providing one place for company information sharing, relationship management and buyer-supplier collaboration, Mazree simplifies the labor-intensive tasks of searching for, connecting with and conducting business with multiple buyers and suppliers. For example, supply chain managers at large companies often need to deal with hundreds or thousands of suppliers, each with their own sales and supply chain contacts. Finding the right person and keeping up to date on contact information can cost a company thousands in lost productivity. Mazree also simplifies the request for proposal process by providing a simple platform to request, sort, and review bids in a standard format.

"As enterprise social software matures, companies are looking to include external constituents (customers, partners and suppliers) into workflow processes," says Vanessa Thompson, research manager of IDC's Enterprise Social Networks and Collaborative Technologies. "With supplier networks being some of the oldest business social networks, solutions that provide secure collaboration and surface content in the context of workflow help build efficiency and productivity into the workflow process," says Thompson.

Mazree bridges the gap between essential supply-chain business needs and social platforms by combining the two worlds, improving the efficiency of the buyer-supplier relationship, and reducing the cost of purchasing goods, services and sales.

"Until now, there has not existed one true company-to-company social collaboration service," said Curtis McEntire, founder and CEO of Mazree. "There are websites and social networks that contain aspects of what Mazree provides, but none of them were built specifically to solve major issues and deficiencies that have existed for too long in supply chain communications. Mazree is the missing social link, helping B2B organizations to leverage a completely new way to improve collaboration, increase sales, and reduce costs."

Mazree's features include:

1. Company Showcase. Mazree provides users the ability to create company profiles, search for and connect with other companies, users, products and services, share news and information, and rate and review other companies.

2. Supply Chain Collaboration. Mazree provides the key collaboration tools for exchanging product and service specifications, information, ideas, questions and pricing. Mazree Requests facilitate the solicitation and response to pricing or other information requests. The Request Analyzer makes it easy to evaluate responses and make better, more informed decisions.

3. Relationship Management. Mazree enables companies to connect with customers, sellers and partners. Once connections are made, Mazree provides the tools to manage, monitor, and strengthen B2B relationships through contact management, company events, private messages and knowledge management features.

Mazree is completely free for businesses to connect, share and collaborate. For more information or to get started for free on Mazree, visit www.mazree.com.

ABOUT MAZREE
Mazree is the world's first true, B2B social network that combines free, essential, B2B collaboration tools with robust social capabilities. The Mazree network simplifies and enhances key supply chain processes and interactions that occur between buying and selling organizations. Mazree is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information or to join the Mazree network, go to www.mazree.com.

ABOUT INTERMOUNTAIN HEALTHCARE
Intermountain Healthcare is an internationally recognized, nonprofit, system of 22 hospitals, a Medical Group with more than 185 physician clinics, and an affiliated health insurance company, SelectHealth. Intermountain Healthcare is widely recognized as a leader in clinical quality improvement and in efficient healthcare delivery.

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