IBM has officially deployed three new Web-enabled databases for IBM packaging data collection on our Electronic Supply Chain Interlock (ESI) Packaging application for distribution data, environmental compliance, and supplier quarterly spend data reporting. The new Web forms for these databases can now be used by non-IBM (Lotus Notes) users to access and submit data via the Web. Usage of these new databases by our suppliers and by IBM Procurement and Engineering will be mandatory.
In order to access and use these new forms on the new server (and the data contained therein), the users are required to register on ESI packaging. As stated, these forms are also designed to allow users at non-IBM locations (OEM, CM, suppliers, etc.) to load data themselves via the Web; registration on ESI packaging is required. Instructions on how to register and access ESI packaging follow:
- Product packaging data form (used by all IBM suppliers who pack/ship product to customers on behalf of IBM):
This database is used to collect and document IBM and OEM package and product design details (distribution parameters, weights, dimensions, unit load configurations, safe stacking requirements, etc.) and environmental materials data on products and packaging built by and for IBM. This data is required for all packaging used by suppliers to ship product to customers by and/or on behalf of IBM. The data can be submitted directly via the Web form on the ESI packaging application.
- Supplier information and spend form (for IBM packaging suppliers):
This database collects critical data on our packaging suppliers and provides a vehicle for reporting their quarterly spend with IBM.
- Environmental compliance certification form (for IBM packaging suppliers):
This form provides an automatic certification/notification process and an annual renewal/recertification process for our suppliers to stay on top of our environmental packaging mandates and customer requests in the face of ever-growing compliance requirements.