Advanstar Expands Frontline Solutions Expo to Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week Reflects Broader Conference and Expo Content; Event Encompasses

All Aspects of Supply Chain Management Technology



    CLEVELAND, June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanstar Communications, Inc.,
 announced today that its annual Frontline Solutions Expo is expanding to
 Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week ( www.frontlinexpo.com ), offering
 three technology-targeted events: Frontline's AutoID & RFID (Radio Frequency
 Identification) Conference & Expo*; Frontline's Industrial Mobile & Wireless
 Conference & Expo*; and Collaborative Commerce Conference & Expo.  Conferences
 will be held September 23-26, 2002, with the Expositions running September
 24-26 at McCormick Place's Lakeside Center in Chicago, Illinois.
     According to AMR Research, the market for supply-chain management and
 product life-cycle management software will expand from $5.6 billion last year
 to $13.6 billion in 2006.  Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week will serve
 business, IT and operations professionals in this burgeoning market with an
 educational forum of 250 exhibitors, over 100 sessions, and three keynote
 addresses.  The largest event focused on supply chain technology, Frontline
 Solutions' Supply Chain Week will offer its attendees the latest information
 on key industry trends, leading innovative solutions, as well as an
 opportunity to network with peers.
     Professionals will experience comprehensive technology exhibits and "how-
 to" educational sessions to engineer and oversee the flow of information about
 materials and finished goods inside and outside an organization:
 
     *  The AutoID & RFID Conference & Expo will cover data capture technology,
        including 2D bar codes, high speed scanners and verifiers, Radio
        Frequency Identification (RFID), RF-tags and smart labels, and Real-
        Time-Locating System (RTLS)
     *  The Industrial Mobile & Wireless Conference & Expo covers the
        technology used to manage information in motion, including voice
        recognition solutions, hand-held scanners, portable printers, Personal
        Digital Assistants (PDAs), pen computers, wireless networks, and mobile
        platforms
     *  The Collaborative Commerce Conference & Expo focuses on the business,
        technology, security and regulatory issues involved in allowing
        partners to communicate in all aspects of the supply chain, including
        supply chain management, collaborative design manufacturing & commerce,
        supplier network management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP),
        Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) and demand and order management
        solutions
 
     "With the heavy demands on a professional's time, it is making more and
 more sense to attend an event, such as Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week,
 that can offer a complete technology preview and an outstanding educational
 experience," said Andrew Cary, show manager.  "The steady increase in the
 amount of buying teams attending Frontline year-to-year, and the demand for
 additional information on new and converging technologies precipitated the
 expansion.  By offering a complete solution, while continuing a tradition of
 highly targeted industry-focused sessions, Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain
 Week serves as a convenient, 'one-stop-shop' that creates a synergy between
 users and suppliers of important hardware and software technologies falling
 under the supply chain realm."
     "We have been witnessing the trend of autoID and e-commerce worlds
 converging in our member's workplaces," said Peter Alvarez, Senior Director,
 Products and Services, Uniform Code Council, Inc.  "The fact that Frontline
 recognizes this is an indicator that they understand the pulse of this
 industry and how technologies impact businesses today."
     Attendees will have access to live demonstrations from approximately 250
 exhibiting companies, including hardware solutions from Hand Held Products,
 Intermec, LXE, Inc. and Symbol, as well as access to leading supply chain
 software providers including Baan, CommerceOne, i2, Iona, JD Edwards and SAP.
 In addition, attendees will benefit from winning supply chain strategies at
 free keynotes, shared by the top information and technology officers at
 Procter & Gamble, JD Edwards, AMR Research, and SAP.  A free Knowledge Center,
 staffed by AIM, Inc., InsightU, Ohio University Auto ID Center, and the
 Uniform Code Council, Inc. will offer visitors an unbiased experts' guide to
 the technologies on the floor, based on the types of solutions they seek.
     In addition to over 75 sessions covering fundamentals to advanced topics,
 Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week will offer Industry Symposia lead by
 major manufacturers, industry associations, and industry icons.  Attendees
 will receive customized educational programs from Covisint, Department of
 Defense, General Motors, Procter & Gamble, RosettaNet, Uniform Code Council,
 Inc., UCCnet, and others on best practices, industry standards, and compliance
 initiatives.
     Sponsors of Frontline's AutoID & RFID and Frontline's Industrial Mobile &
 Wireless events include AIM and Frontline Solutions Magazine, official show
 sponsors; and Hand Held Products, Intermec, Symbol and LXE, Inc. as event
 sponsors.  The official show sponsors of Collaborative Commerce are Frontline
 Solutions Magazine, UCCnet, and Uniform Code Council, Inc.; event sponsors
 include Baan, i2, IONA, JD Edwards, and SAP.
     For more information on attending this event, please visit the Frontline
 Solutions' Supply Chain Week Web site at www.frontlinexpo.com or call
 1-877-232-0132.   For information on exhibiting at the event, please call
 1-888-822-4321.
 
     About Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week and Frontline Solutions
 Magazine
     Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week and Frontline Solutions Magazine
 are part of the Advanstar Technology Group, which delivers 1.2 million
 technology buyers worldwide. Producers of high-technology trade shows,
 conferences and magazines, our portfolio also includes AIIM 2003, ON DEMAND,
 DMS, Digital Media World, E-learning Expo, TechLearn, Masie Center, Cadalyst,
 elearning, and Response magazines.
 
     About Advanstar Communications, Inc.
     Advanstar Communications Inc. is a worldwide business information company
 serving specialized markets with high quality information resources and
 integrated marketing solutions.  Advanstar has 92 business magazines and
 directories, 79 exhibitions and conferences, numerous Web sites, and a wide
 range of direct marketing, database and reference products and services.
 Advanstar serves targeted market sectors in such industries as art,
 automotive, beauty, collaboration/e-learning, CRM/call center, digital media,
 entertainment/marketing, fashion & apparel, healthcare, internet/e-business,
 manufacturing and processing, pharmaceutical, powersports, science,
 telecommunications, and travel/hospitality.  The Company has over 1,300
 employees and currently operates from multiple offices in North America, Latin
 America, Europe, and Asia. For more information on Advanstar Communications,
 visit www.advanstar.com .
 
     About AIM, Inc.
     AIM is the trade association for Automatic Identification and Data Capture
 technologies.  AIM has over 900 member companies in 56 countries and is
 dedicated to industry promotion and development, education, and standards
 development. AIM represents vendors and users associate with technologies such
 as bar code, radio frequency identification (RFID), wireless connectivity, and
 card technologies.  For more information on AIM, visit www.aimglobal.org .
 
     * Formerly SCANTECH
 
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SOURCE Advanstar Communications, Inc.

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