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3M UK Business to Business Portal

...closer collaboration with our customers via electronic communication.

3M Europe already processes nearly 5 million order lines annually in electronic form. We would like to extend this to more customers.

If you are not already a customer of 3M, please contact our customer service department to discuss setting up an account.

Advantages of eCommunication

Reduced cycle time
Data can be sent and received, 24 hours a day. Because electronic communications allows business to continue outside the normal business day, the turnaround time for a business document can be reduced from days to hours or minutes.
Increased efficiency
More than 70% of manual data entry tasks originate from computer-generated documents. When trading partners develop compatible electronic documents, data is never rekeyed, or manually filed.
Improved accuracy
Electronic communication can eliminate work and reduce the risk of human error, reducing the risk of returns and missing order lines.
Optimised inventory
Since electronic communications can be integrated into a company's business structure, they can provide faster, better, and more accurate information about inventory status. Replenishment can be driven by consumption and changing needs can be quickly assessed and responded to without manual intervention or review.
Improved business relationships
Setting up electronic communications requires both trading partners to gain a better understanding of each other's business processes. Implementation involves the entire organization and expands the channels of communication.
Better for the environment
3M would rather communicate with our partners electronically that via paper. If we used paper for each order currently sent electronically, each year 3M Europe would generate a stack of paper over 15 stories high!
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Did you know?
XML (eXtensible Markup Language, used in some of our B2B communication methods) was proposed to the World Wide Web Consortium in 1996.

Its founding goals, listed in that proposal, were to ensure its speed, usability and flexibility:

  1. XML shall be straightforwardly usable over the Internet.
  2. XML shall support a wide variety of applications.
  3. XML shall be compatible with Standardised Generalised Markup Language.
  4. It shall be easy to write programs which process XML documents.
  5. The number of optional features in XML is to be kept to the absolute minimum, ideally zero.
  6. XML documents should be human-legible and reasonably clear.
  7. The XML design should be prepared quickly.
  8. The design of XML shall be formal and concise.
  9. XML documents shall be easy to create.
  10. Terseness is of minimal importance.