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    A&P Joins UCCnet Community

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - UCCnet, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides item registration and global data synchronization based on industry developed standards, announced today The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) will utilize the organization's business-to-business Internet-based services.

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - UCCnet, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides item registration and global data synchronization based on industry developed standards, announced today The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, Inc. (A&P) will utilize the organization's business-to-business Internet-based services.

    "A&P has always been committed to doing business electronically with its suppliers and other trading partners, using industry-accepted standards," said Harrison Lewis, vice president of data management, A&P. "UCCnet allows us to integrate these standards into our e-commerce system and truly take advantage of the Internet by bringing added efficiency to our supply chain."

    A&P and its suppliers will have access to common product authorization files to ensure the right information for the right products is available in a secure environment. A&P will be able to receive updated information on products they currently sell or on products they are interested in selling in the future. When a supplier updates this product information or introduces a new item, the information is automatically communicated to A&P via UCCnet. In turn, when A&P's manufacturing segments introduce a new product, their retail partners are also notified.

    UCCnet will act as a checkpoint within A&P's trading community, ensuring that all product information is standards-compliant. UCCnet will also provide a repository for A&P's retail chains to "pull" standardized item information and integrate, in near real-time, into their product maintenance systems.

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