A Hampshire tech firm whose expanding digital solutions underpin billions of pounds' worth of global trade has held its first partner conference.
Supply chain specialist Transalis welcomed like-minded businesses from across the UK to the invite-only event in London.
The aim was to showcase developments in cloud-based electronic data interchange (EDI) and discuss market opportunities.
Among those attending were system integrators, value-added resellers and consultancies specialising in business process improvement and digital transformation.
Roy Garlick, Transalis Global Channel Manager, presented a synopsis of the company's history from its roots to becoming an award-winning player with global reach.
He said: "We work closely with our partners to transform the ways organisations large and small communicate and transact business with their suppliers and customers.
"Our inaugural channel partner event was an ideal chance to discuss areas of common interest with our partners including supply chain trends, customer experience, technology challenges and opportunities, and upcoming products."
In his presentation, Transalis co-founder and joint Managing Director Aniello Sabatino unveiled details of a forthcoming ePost solution that will enable further exchange of information through the cloud.
The event was held at the Bishopgate headquarters of GS1 UK, the British arm of the not-for-profit body that develops and maintains global standards for all kinds of business communication including the barcode.
Transalis was the first GS1 UK partner to achieve the organisation's EDI procurement-to-payment accreditation.
Other Transalis partners represented at the conference included two Dorset specialists in process automation software, iGx Solutions and Codeless Platforms, and the Portsmouth-based business transformation company Skore.
Sharing their expertise in mobile stocktaking and inventory data capture were team members from iStockTake, headquartered in Reigate, Surrey.
And discussing cyber security were representatives from the international company The Cyber Authority.
"Transalis staged a partner event that was extremely relevant and motivating," said Hugh Chambers, The Cyber Authority's CEO. "It provided insight into a mix of market trends and opportunities for sales success, combined with informed predictions about the future of supply chains and their security."
Transalis, which employs 27 staff at the innovation hub Portsmouth Technopole, provides cloud-based EDI applications across 32 countries.
There are more than 5,000 global users of Transalis' EDI platforms including start-ups, small to medium-size enterprises and retail brands such as John Lewis, Argos, Superdrug and Neal's Yard Remedies.
More than 100,000 documents are exchanged every day using Transalis services, supporting £3 billion worth of invoice transactions a year.
Transalis was named Portsmouth Business of the Year 2017 and Medium Business of the Year at the JP South Business Awards in Brighton.