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    Top Brand Manufacturers and Retailers Urge Adoption of UCCnet in North America

    WASHINGTON - Sixteen manufacturers and retailers joined the Grocery Manufacturers of America and the Food Marketing Institute in urging the CPG industry to adopt the UCCnet data registry as the North America standard for electronic data sharing.

    WASHINGTON - Sixteen manufacturers and retailers joined the Grocery Manufacturers of America and the Food Marketing Institute in urging the CPG industry to adopt the UCCnet data registry as the North America standard for electronic data sharing.

    The Uniform Code Council, UCCnet and EAN International released an open letter to CPG manufacturers and retailers, calling for 600 companies to subscribe to the UCCnet data registry by June 1 to realize the benefits of industry-wide data synchronization by the end of 2002. The statement encouraged the consumer products industry to begin using the EAN.UCC Global Standards Management Process for data synchronization solutions. It also suggested that trading exchanges, including Transora and WWRE, should develop more efficient ways to exchange information to better serve its customers.

    "This action on the part of manufacturers and retailers working together represents an encouraging step in achieving global standards," said GMA president & CEO C. Manly Molpus. "The sooner we achieve global standards, the sooner we can realize the economic business growth this technology promises."

    GMA member companies that signed the statement of support include: The Procter & Gamble Company; Campbell Soup Company; General Mills, Inc.; Coca- Cola Enterprises, Inc.; Kraft Foods, Inc.; Ross Products Division Abbott Laboratories Inc.; H.J. Heinz Company; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Sara Lee Corporation; Hershey Foods Corporation; The J. M. Smucker Company and Unilever PLC & NV. Distributors include: SUPERVALU INC.; Ahold USA, Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Wegman's Food Markets, Inc. Transora also signed the letter.

    The UCCnet registry enables retailers to locate product data regardless of where the manufacturer has published it. UCCnet's registry can be used globally, and the economic and collaborative benefits are reachable within a few months if broad adoption is achieved.

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