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WWRE, UCCnet Launch Interoperability

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - In a move to lay the foundation for launch of the Global Data Synchronization Network, UCCnet and the WorldWide Retail Exchange (WWRE) this week announced the commencement of a two-phased launch of interoperability to be completed by the end of this year. Ten WWRE retailers and suppliers will participate in the WWRE-UCCnet initiative, which aims to demonstrate the value of the GDSN and add considerable momentum to the industry's push toward the adoption of global standards.

CVS and Schering Plough will be the first two participants and have announced their intention to subscribe to UCCnet's GLOBALregistry.

"What we're doing is a first of its kind. We're showing the industry's commitment to cooperatively developing a global registry and creating an interoperable network of data pools around the world," said Leo Hartnett, VP of Efficient Consumer Response for CVS. "With a single process to synchronize information among all of our trading partners, we will eliminate confusion in the marketplace around the path to data pool interoperability."

Among the WWRE manufacturers and retailers backing this initiative are Ahold, Albertsons, CVS, Eckerd, Food Lion, Schering-Plough, Safeway, Walgreens, and Wyeth.

"The launch is especially significant because it brings industry leaders together to work collectively to develop one process for managing product data," said Jim Williams, Manager Business Information Logistics for Schering-Plough. "When you begin thinking about this globally, you can envision the sheer magnitude of the savings for the industry that will be derived from a single network of interoperating data pools."
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