Datel's apparel and footwear division has teamed up with Rippe & Kingston Systems Inc, of the USA, the eBusiness solutions developer, to bring the e.ssential product to the UK and Europe. E.ssential is the first turnkey business-to-business web portal management solution for the apparel and footwear industry offering a complete software application that manages all technologies and functions required of a web portal.

With the apparel and footwear portal, e.ssential Datel can deploy, maintain and customise web portals for each organisation, group, or user. These applications include content, catalogue order entry, online wardrobe management, purchase order tracking and pre-production planning.

Martin Rath, director, Datel said: "One of the most dramatic changes that apparel and footwear companies face is how their business can harness the power of the Internet to deliver business benefit and advantage. E.ssential. provides customers with a secure way to extend their business systems."

About Datel
Datel is an IBM business partner and a UK provider of turnkey business solutions to the apparel and footwear industry offering an integrated service that comprises consultancy, project management, implementation and customer support. Additional information is available at

About Rippe & Kingston
Rippe and Kingston Systems, Inc is a developer of e-commerce solutions for the AS/400 platform and founder of the e-business Competency Center of the AS/400. It is recognised as an IBM Premier Business Partner, and LANSA Partner of the Year. Additional information is available at .