Transora's Transition

UCCnet and Transora team up to enhance catalogcapabilities

CHICAGO-(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 8, 2001--Transora, a global e-marketplace for consumer packaged goods (CPG)
suppliers, manufacturers and retailers, and UCCnet, a universal foundation for e-commerce, announced today
the finalization of a global agreement to support Transora's catalog services. This alliance enables Transora to offer global item and location registry standards - the fundamental building block to Transora's item catalog. Transora intends to have item and location catalog capabilities available to participants during the first quarter of 2001.
"The consumer goods industry has needed to implement item and location registry standards for many years, but has been in a state of `gridlock' - there was no roadmap to help companies put these standards into practice," says Judy Sprieser, Transora CEO. "Our pilots using UCCnet capabilities proved that companies can implement these standards now, and trade collaboratively over the Internet, to reduce their transaction costs and improve customer service."
Transora's alliance with UCCnet will enable all participants who adopt the UCCnet standards to store their item information in one place, while ensuring industry validation through UCCnet's Global Registry Services. Over time, standards-based data can form the backbone for a host of sophisticated services that simplify manufacturer-retailer relationships and transactions for those companies participating in Transora. Order management, promotions management, and Collaborative Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR(R)) can all be offered once the industry formalizes standards-based trading relationships.
"The agreement offers Transora's participants a single point to store and ensure compliance to industry standards for all of their item and location information," added Paul G. Benchener, president and chief operating officer, UCCnet. "We believe that this is also the first step towards unlocking the real potential of collaborative business applications."