CLEVELAND, June 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanstar Communications, Inc., today announced that the Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) and UCCnet will sponsor the inaugural Collaborative Commerce Conference and Exposition (http://www.ccexpo.com). This event, focused on the inner workings of electronic trading networks, is one of three key components of Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week scheduled for September 24-26, 2002 at McCormick Place's Lakeside Center in Chicago. The other two concurrent events include Frontline's AutoID & RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Conference & Expo* and Frontline's Industrial Mobile & Wireless Conference & Expo*. "The UCC is vital as a standards-development body and UCCnet is vital in the implementation of standards in the global e-commerce arena," said Andrew Cary, Show Manager for Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week. "Their participation has great importance to virtually everyone implementing business-to-business (B2B) e-commerce as they are focused on creating and implementing industry-wide, open e-business process standards. These standards form a common e-business language, aligning processes between supply chain partners on a global basis. We are very pleased to have these organizations as sponsors and intellectual partners." The Collaborative Commerce Conference & Exposition has a unique vertical market format that will allow attendees to zoom in on vertical market issues in automotive, aerospace/aviation, defense, healthcare/pharmaceutical, hi- tech/electronics, and retail/consumer packaged goods. The conference program will provide a practical foundation for understanding industry standards, interoperability, integration, cultural issues, and other topics related to optimizing B2B e-commerce systems. In addition, attendees will experience first hand the latest collaborative-enabling technology tools showcased by the leading software vendors, as well as complete supply chain solutions. The growth in B2B e-commerce is being driven by the need to eliminate unnecessary costs from the supply chain. Giga Information Group forecasts that by 2005, e-markets will handle more than $1.3 trillion in transactions in the United States, up from $48 billion in 2000. IDC estimates the total market size for U.S. B2B e-commerce to increase to $327 billion in the year 2002, up from $17 billion in 1998. "Trading partners must be able to communicate clearly with one another electronically in order to eliminate cost," said John Terwilliger, Vice President, Market Development at UCC. "We are working hard to develop new standards for these networks and this event will be important for those companies who are trying to improve their effectiveness and realize the benefits of collaborative commerce." "The Collaborative Commerce Conference and Expo is the perfect venue to communicate our two core services, Global Item Registry and Data Synchronization, to multiple industries at the same time," said Tom Duffy, Vice President, Marketing and Administration at UCCnet. "The need for the supply and demand sides to exchange clean data is the driving force behind UCCnet and this event." In addition to the Uniform Code Council, Inc. and UCCnet, Collaborative Commerce is sponsored by Frontline Solutions Magazine, and event sponsors include Baan, i2, IONA, JD Edwards, and SAP. For more information on attending this event, please visit http://www.ccexpo.com or call 1-877-922-2022. For information on exhibiting at Collaborative Commerce Conference & Expo, please call 1-203-701-0183. * Formerly SCANTECH 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 http://www.uc-council.org. About UCCnet UCCnet is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt industry organization that provides a universal foundation for global electronic commerce. 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 life-cycle management of synchronized products, user locations and user trade capabilities. It is a subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council, Inc. Visit http://www.uccnet.org for more information. 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 http://www.advanstar.com. 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