ALEXANDRIA, VA and LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J.June 10, 2002UCCnet, a not-for-profit organization that provides item registry and data synchronization services based on industry developed standards, and the WorldWide Retail Exchange (WWRE®), a business-to-business exchange for retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, announced today that the WWRE has signed a Preferred Alliance Partner agreement with UCCnet.
The agreement focuses on driving adoption of complementary offerings and developing solutions that are compliant with EAN.UCC standards. Under the terms of the agreement, participating retailers and suppliers hopes to have a solution that delivers a single global connection to the majority of their trading partners.
"If UCCnet is the first step your company can take towards unprecedented market visibility for products in the retail and CPG industry, then we're your on-ramp to that step," said Colin Dyer, CEO of the WWRE. "The WWRE/UCCnet agreement provides our members and their trading partners with a single point of access to the most up-to-date, quality data available today."
When industry standards are in place, UCCnet's GLOBALregistry will continue to serve as the repository for registered item information, and companies will be able to select the data synchronization provider that best meets their unique needs. To support this role, UCCnet has made the necessary technological and financial accommodations to enable participants to pay solely for a UCCnet GLOBALregistry subscription, without its data synchronization services.
"UCCnet's model and vision have always centered on the ability to provide an interoperable model for standards based services that would benefit the entire industry," said Paul Benchener, President and COO of UCCnet. "Through our agreement, we are enabling WWRE members to connect with our services in a flexible manner, thus providing added value and another path for the industry to engage with standards-based e-commerce."