QRS, UCCnet Partner

Link data synchronization solution with item registry

Richmond, CA  December 5, 2002  QRS Corp., a provider of sourcing and supply chain management solutions for the retail industry, has signed up as a preferred partner in UCCnet's "Partners In Sync" program under an agreement announced this week that will allow QRS customers to take advantage of UCCnet's registry product and partner information.

The agreement brings together QRS' Catalogue, a product information solution for the retail industry, and UCCnet's GLOBALregistry. Through the agreement, Catalogue will undergo certification to support global item and location registry standards, allowing QRS to upload core item attributes to the UCCnet GlOBALregistry on behalf of suppliers.

Retailers and distributors that are UCCnet subscribers will then be able to use the GLOBALregistry to locate suppliers and their products contained in Catalogue.

QRS said that Catalogue allows manufacturers and suppliers to synchronize current product information on more than 90 million items with retailers in North America and Europe. Companies in a variety of vertical markets use Catalogue to automate business processes with the goals of reducing costs and errors and improving cycle times.

Through the QRS-UCCnet alliance, manufacturers and suppliers that use Catalogue to collaborate directly with all their trading partners can now also make the location of their product data available through UCCnet's GLOBALregistry, if they choose to be UCCnet subscribers, without any additional investment in technology or labor.

UCCnet GLOBALregistry contains product and partner information and also functions as a directory for the location of product information. Once global industry standards for data pools are defined and QRS supports these future requirements, retail members will be able to locate product items in the Catalogue and other UCCnet-certified commercial catalogs.

"Our alliance with UCCnet will ensure support for global standards as they emerge in other industry segments," said Joyce Kim, senior vice president of marketing for QRS Corp.