Unified Western Grocers Targets Global Data Synchronization

Wholesale grocery cooperated deploys Cactus Commerce solution to get in synch with supplier, distribution partners

Wholesale grocery cooperated deploys Cactus Commerce solution to get in synch with supplier, distribution partners

Ottawa, ON — January 19, 2005 — Unified Western Grocers has deployed a solution from integration specialist Cactus Commerce to achieve global data synchronization with its supplier and distribution partners, the solution provider announced this week.

With more than $3 billion in annual sales, Unified Western Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery cooperative that supplies independent retailers throughout the Western United States. Cactus worked with Unified in 2003 to develop a certified data synchronization solution for UCCnet using Microsoft's UCCnet developer toolkit.

As part of an early adopter program, Unified is now upgrading to Cactus GDS Accelerator for BizTalk Server, allowing the retailer to take advantage of the software's added features, including a product information consolidation database and use of Web services to enable richer back office integration capabilities, while keeping up to date with changes to UCCnet and other data pools as required.

Cactus said that GDS Accelerator for BizTalk Server 2004 allows companies to quickly connect to UCCnet and the Global Registry, as well as to integrate real-time data into existing management systems.

"By achieving global data synchronization, we expect to achieve significant savings in our supply chain by reducing data errors and through better integration with our existing business processes," said Greg Vick, executive director for supply chain and e-commerce systems at Unified.

An added benefit to Unified of deploying Cactus GDS Accelerator is that it puts in place a foundation for the management of EPCglobal data in future RFID implementations, according to Cactus, which said that achieving global data synchronization between trading partners is an essential first step before the full benefit of RFID technology in the supply chain can be realized.

For a look at how Canadian company McCain Foods is overcoming data synchronization challenges in its supply and demand chain, see the article "Building a 'Trusted Source'" in the April/May 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.