CLEVELAND, Sept. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanstar Communications, Inc., today unveiled the upcoming Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week symposia that focus on the retail and consumer packaged goods industries. These symposia provide attendees with a detailed look at standards that help optimize effective supply chain solutions in the retail and consumer packaged goods markets. According to AMR Research in the Retail Market Trends Report, 2001- 2003, "Retail companies, like others, are now focusing on ways to reduce expenses. Industry standards and standard based applications are essential for reducing the transmittal of incorrect data and associated costs throughout the supply chain. Increasing efficiency in the supply chain with Supply Chain Management (SCM) applications is one way to quickly achieve this goal. Larger retail companies have already recognized the cost reduction possibilities of SCM applications and are devoting 25 percent of their applications budget to SCM. Midsize retailers are not far behind, dedicating 17 percent of their budget to (supply chain management)." (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20020730/FRONTLINELOGO ) Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week presents six industry symposia, which take place September 24-25 at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center in Chicago, including: * Procter & Gamble Spec 2005 Material Label Symposium Focuses on the new SPEC 2005 Material Label format and technology requirements, including the rationale behind the Label, how P&G Label fits within industry standards, and the P&G timeline for Label implementation -- Hosted by Procter & Gamble Corporation -- Sponsored by AIM, Inc., Hand Held Products, Intermec, Printronix, Psion Teklogix, Stratix, Symbol Technologies, and Zebra * Retail Channel: Linking Product to Electronic Information Symposium Discusses the complex supply chain of balancing inventory management, customer service and collaboration based on open industry adopted standards. Learn how the EAN.UCC System provides identification standards to uniquely identify trade items, logistic units, locations, assets and service relations worldwide -- Hosted by Uniform Code Council, Inc. * Shipping, Receiving & Global Standards Symposium The Uniform Code Council Inc., the developer and administrator of the U.P.C. bar code, discusses streamlining the shipping and receiving process to improve operating efficiencies, reduce cost, and expand partner collaboration with customers and suppliers through the use of the EAN.UCC System -- Hosted by Uniform Code Council, Inc. -- Sponsored by Hand Held Products and Intermec * UCCnet GLOBALregistry(TM) and Data Synchronization Primer & Benefits Symposium Focuses on the strategies UCCnet uses to enable efficient B2B electronic commerce to increase supply chain efficiencies and profit margins for both supply-and demand-side trading partners -- Hosted by UCCnet -- Sponsored by Inovis, IONA, J.D. Edwards, SAP, and SITA CORP * UCCnet Implementation Symposium Showcases how UCCnet reduces costs associated with incorrect data for both supply and demand side partners. Leading retailers and both large and SME suppliers and UCCnet alliance partners discuss how to successfully implement UCCnet services -- Hosted by UCCnet, UCCnet Subscribers & Alliance Partners -- Sponsored by Commerce One, Inovis, IONA, IPNet Solutions, J.D. Edwards, SAP, SeeBeyond, and SITA CORP * XML: Roadmap to Success Symposium The Uniform Code Council, Inc., provides B2B users with a global language of e-business to conduct efficient Internet-based electronic commerce. Topics include XML overview, implementation guidance, tools, interoperability, and XML usage for improving communication between trading partners -- Hosted by Uniform Code Council, Inc. About Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week focuses on providing attendees with a comprehensive look at the technologies required to build an end-to-end supply chain solution. Understanding that there are multiple components necessary to build a comprehensive supply chain solution, Advanstar has built a "three pillar" event, consisting of: * Automatic Identification (AutoID) & Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) conference & exposition * Industrial Mobile & Wireless conference & exposition * Collaborative Commerce conference & exposition Running concurrently, the conferences will take place September 23-26 with one integrated exposition open September 24-26 at McCormick Place, Lakeside Center. Three notable individuals that are distinctly recognized for their critical role in supply chain management advancements will keynote at Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week. * Procter & Gamble's Stephen David, CIO & B2B Officer focuses on "Creating Consumer Value From Rich Collaborations." In this discussion, Mr. David talks about first-hand steps P&G is taking to optimize its supply chain and explains why today's B2B applications and marketplace exchanges must change to fit the needs of the environment * J.D. Edwards' CTO, Michael Madden, speaks about "Integration In Collaborative Commerce." Mr. Madden discusses current and future technologies for delivering a robust integration framework * AMR Research's VP & GM CPG, Life Sciences and Retail Industry Services, John Fontanella, leads the "SuperSession Panel Discussion with SAP." Designed exclusively to address the challenges currently being faced by today's industry leaders, through an interactive conversation with SAP, Procter & Gamble and others For more information on Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week, visit www.frontlinexpo.com . To attend call 1-877-232-0132, or to exhibit call 1-888-822-4321. About the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) is a not-for-profit standards development organization originally founded in 1972. The UCC, along with its global partner EAN International, administers the EAN.UCC System, which includes the Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) and other tools to facilitate efficient global trade. The EAN.UCC System is used by nearly one million member companies. The UCC functions as a primary resource for business and industry, developing worldwide identification codes, data carriers, and electronic commerce. The UCC is currently working on new Extensible Markup Language (XML) and interoperability protocols for trading networks. The UCC can be reached at www.uc-council.org . About UCCnet UCCnet is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt neutral organization that provides item registry and data synchronization based on industry-developed standards. Through its support of global EAN.UCC standards, UCCnet delivers an open platform for collaborative commerce services, including compliance verification, synchronization of product information, registry and lifecycle management of synchronized products, user locations and user trade capabilities. As a subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council, Inc., the global standards organization, UCCnet leverages its position to enable the rapid, clear development of industry Internet standards and practices. Visit www.uccnet.org for more information. 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 . 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