Compiled ByTravis Hessman Global consulting firm PricewatershouseCoopers and Frontstep Inc. have announced an alliance to deliver network-centric supply-chain solutions to midmarket distributors and manufacturers. The new service, Frontstep Supply Chain Center, will enable companies to collaborate with trading partners in real time to view available inventory and set realistic delivery dates. PricewaterhouseCoopers will provide a complete range of consulting services including implementation and integration. Says Bill Irwin, partner with PricewatershouseCoopers, "Frontstep has developed a solution that can grow with each customer's priorities by connecting members of a supply-chain one link at a time -- both within and beyond their four walls." Frontstep is a Columbus, Ohio-based e-business, supply-chain, and enterprise management software provider for midsize distributors and manufacturers.