Uniform Code Council, Inc. and UCCnet to Sponsor Collaborative Commerce Conference & Exposition at Frontline Solutions' Supply Chain Week

Event Brings Together Industry Professionals to Explore Key Trends and Issues

Associated with Entire Spectrum of Collaborative Commerce Technologies

Jun 27, 2002, 01:00 ET from Advanstar Communications, Inc.

    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
     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,
 visit http://www.advanstar.com.
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