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    Associated Grocers Inc. of Baton Rouge Preps for Data Synchronization

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Associated Grocers, Inc. of Baton Rouge, La., is on the trail to data synchronization, planning to connect its existing systems to the 1SYNC data pool.

    BATON ROUGE, La. -- Associated Grocers, Inc. of Baton Rouge, La., is on the trail to data synchronization, planning to connect its existing systems to the 1SYNC data pool.

    To do this, AGBR will use Dallas-based Retalix's InSync Data Staging solution, which integrates supplier data from the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) via 1SYNC. AGBR will also use an XML-based File Sync product from Des Moines, Iowa-based Ontuet, a data synchronization solutions provider, to eliminate manual catalog processing steps, reduce administration time, ensure timely and accurate data from suppliers, reduce errors dramatically, eliminate disparate data between applications, and bring products to market more quickly, according to Ontuet.

    "Data synchronization is a priority for us in 2006, and the heart of the system is the Retalix InSync Data Staging solution," said Steven Miller, s.v.p. of strategic planning, projects, and information services, Associated Grocers, Inc. "The benefits of the initiative are reduced manual intervention for item maintenance, a reliable method for receiving information about new and discontinued items, and accurate dimensional information for more efficient cubing of shipments into and out of the distribution center."

    The GS1 GDSN is a standards-based environment that enables automated, secure, and continuous synchronization between the information systems used by retailers and suppliers, allowing all partners to have consistent item data in their systems at the same time.

    AGBR serves more than 300 independent retailers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Arkansas.

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