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.
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
About Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week and Frontline Solutions
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,
Stacy Lee Danielle Neely
O'Keeffe & Company Advanstar Communications
(703) 883-9000 ext. 121 (404) 467-7998
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