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    Kroger Joins UCCnet, Transora's DSD Data Synchronization Initiative

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. and CHICAGO - UCCnet and Transora announced separately today that The Kroger Co. will participate in their services as part of its latest technology initiatives to improve its supply chain.

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. and CHICAGO - UCCnet and Transora announced separately today that The Kroger Co. will participate in their services as part of its latest technology initiatives to improve its supply chain.

    Kroger will begin implementing UCCnet's item registration services for its 2,488 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 32 states this year. The GLOBALregistry service is designed to improve its ability to collect new item data from suppliers in an electronic format. As part of this industry initiative, Kroger will work with its alliance partner, GlobalNetxchange (GNX), a business-to-business marketplace for the global retail industry, to implement the GLOBALregistry. Kroger will roll out the GLOBALregistry to selected suppliers throughout 2003.

    Kroger is joining more than 400 other supply and demand side trading partners as members of the UCCnet community.

    Separately, e-commerce software and services company Transora announced that The Kroger Co. will be the first retailer to participate in Transora's DSD data synchronization project. The objective of the initiative is to add standards-based functionality to Transora's data synchronization solution and UCCnet's Global Registry that Direct Store Delivery (DSD) manufacturers and retailers need to facilitate information exchange between trading partners at the store level.

    Transora and four of the world's largest DSD manufacturers, including The Coca-Cola Company, Kraft Foods/Nabisco, PepsiCo and Sara Lee Bakery Group, created a steering committee to assist with the development of industry standards and processes by developing a solution that will make the data synchronization vision a reality for DSD companies. As the first retailer to join the steering committee, Kroger, in conjunction with GNX, will help shape the solution, and will also participate in the process development working group.

    "Kroger supports the approach and objectives of the DSD Data Synchronization Initiative that Transora is leading, and believes that retailers and manufacturers working together will bring this much-needed functionality to the market in the shortest possible time frame," said Mike Heschel, CIO of Kroger. "Our plan is to utilize the standard processes defined in this initiative with the GNX data synchronization solution to improve data quality and reduce errors in our DSD supply chain processes."

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