Version 4.0 provides expanded support for latest standards to help retailers and suppliers synchronize data
Richmond, CA — April 16, 2004 — Retail industry solution provider QRS has rolled out the latest version of its product data synchronization application, adding expanded support for the latest global standards to help retailers and suppliers improve communications with their global trading communities.
QRS says that version 4.0 of its Catalogue solution is the first generally available release of the product that is fully compliant with UCCnet services. The solution received UCC Solution Partner Program UCCnet Synchronization Suite 2.2.1 certification in February.
The latest release features a new product module, GDSNconnector, which enables communications with the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN). Using GDSNconnector, customers can register items with the UCCnet registry and publish items to retailers with UCCnet synchronization services, the solution provider said.
According to QRS, more than a dozen of its customers are currently in the implementation phase for Catalogue Release 4.0, and the volume of data for this first group of customers equals almost 250,000 items, which the provider says signals a significant increase to the potential amount of data available via UCCnet services.
Release 4.0 also has expanded attribute support, now totaling 550, making it compliant with EAN.UCC System standards for trade item data. With its attribute support and data validation capabilities, Catalogue is suitable for a range of industry sectors within the retail industry, including general merchandise and apparel, do-it-yourself, grocery, health and beauty and hardlines, QRS asserts.
QRS also offers a suite of enablement and support services to ensure Catalogue customers' data integrity and readiness to join the GDSN.
"Emerging global standards promise to change the way trading partners communicate, and many of our customers are preparing for the impact that these standards will have on their business," said Liz Fetter, QRS president and CEO. "Recently achieving the milestone of 100 million items in QRS Catalogue reflects that thousands of retail customers depend on us every day to synchronize critical product information."