New York (PRWEB) May 8, 2005
ThomasB2B.com, (http://www.thomasb2b.com), a leading online business directory serving buyers and sellers worldwide, began publishing parts catalog information and new product news today in addition to its global business directory. While consumer websites like Froogle.com and Shopping.com have published consumer catalog information for several years, ThomasB2B.com is the first online publisher in the business-to-business arena to begin to publish business catalogs in scale. With this service, business users will be able to rapidly identify hard-to-find industrial products across dozens of vendor catalogs.
The new catalog service is offered free of charge to sellers, who agree to furnish the catalog information according to standard electronic formats. ThomasB2B.com earns revenues from its commercial listings, which appear to the right of the catalog items.
In addition to the new catalog search capability, ThomasB2B.com is also publishing digests of new product news, which allows buyers to read about important new products within hours of their introduction. New product news is traditionally one of the best-read sections of trade magazines, and ThomasB2B.com expects the new sections to add significantly to current base of nearly 20,000 daily users.
Both the product news content and much of its initial catalog data have been licensed for use from its sister company, Thomas Industrial Network, the domestic directory-publishing arm of Thomas Publishing Company in New York. The content will be further sublicensed to ThomasB2B.com affiliates, many of whom license portions of ThomasB2B.com's content feed in order to improve their coverage of specific vertical markets.
"We are extremely pleased to be able to bring this kind of targeted content to the business industrial marketplace," said Dan Savage, CEO of ThomasB2B.com. "Business buyers are increasingly expecting to find electronic catalog content from prospective suppliers. With more and more buyers searching this way, manufacturers should move aggressively to get part data in electronic form and publish it on the Web. ThomasNet has tailored an excellent e-Commerce solution which is called, Catalog Navigator, and once the catalog is built, we access the data through their API and expose the content to a global buying audience," Savage added.
ThomasB2B.com, (http://www.thomasb2b.com) is a global online advertising network that links professional buyers with qualified business suppliers. Geared for the business-to-business market, the network features bid-for-position and pay-per-click pricing along with streamlined search capabilities based on business categories. With ThomasB2B.com, advertisers will be able to place bids for click throughs for each of approximately 10,000 product categories in the Thomas Global Register Directory. Listings will appear on participating Thomas websites and other "affiliate" websites that agree to become part of the ThomasB2B advertising network. ThomasB2B.com allows users to conduct searches in seven languages and provides directory information on companies in 29 countries.