Ralston Purina and Wegmans Initiate UCCnet Services

Companies Utilize Standards-Based E-Commerce Services for Communicating

Product Information



Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from UCCnet

    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- UCCnet, a not-for-profit,
 tax-exempt subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council (UCC), today announced that
 Wegmans Food Markets and the Ralston Purina Company successfully communicated
 item information for a complete product category through UCCnet's
 GLOBALregistry(TM).  The companies will continue to conduct any product
 information changes and updates for items included in the category through the
 organization's registry.
     Ralston was able to upload product information for the company's moist pet
 food products category through UCCnet's GLOBALportal(TM) interface to the
 organization's product registry.  Wegmans' legacy system then uploaded and
 authorized the information.  Finally, Ralston received a message from the
 UCCnet system confirming that Wegmans had authorized the products, reflecting
 data synchronization had been completed.
     "This is a very exciting step for Wegmans and Ralston as both companies
 move toward becoming fully integrated within UCCnet's standards-based system,"
 said Donald Mowery, Director of Electronic Business for Ralston.  "UCCnet
 services are providing a fundamental step for our companies to realize the
 true benefits from more advanced e-commerce services such as scan-based
 trading, CPFR and those provided through transaction-based trading exchanges."
     The benefits of offering industry standards-compliant synchronized data
 and industry-defined application requirements allow UCCnet's
 GLOBALregistry(TM) to be a platform for trade exchanges.  The foundational
 services facilitate interoperability and serve these trading communities with
 applications that may not be available through their particular exchange.
     "In addition to future applications, the UCCnet platform for item
 information synchronization among Ralston's trading partners is another
 invaluable e-business operation," said Mowery.  Through UCCnet, Wegmans and
 Ralston have access to a synchronized product authorization file, found on
 UCCnet's GLOBALregistry(TM), ensuring that the right information for the right
 products is always available to either trading partner.
     Wegmans and Ralston, two initial pilot companies that have worked to
 develop and refine UCCnet services since the organization's inception, are
 able to reduce costly errors that may occur during traditional input of item
 information by utilizing the foundational services.  The companies are also
 able to decrease lead-time requirements for new product introductions and
 changes to item information.
     One of the unique characteristics of the relationship between Wegmans and
 Ralston is that each company created its own solutions for interfacing through
 UCCnet, in comparison to other companies that rely on third-party solution
 providers.  "We look forward to applying all that we have learned about data
 synchronization to future e-business endeavors within and beyond the UCCnet
 system," said Walt Gudselak, Manager of Business-to-Business Electronic
 Commerce Systems at Wegmans.
     "Wegmans' direct connection to the UCCnet system provides immediate access
 to Ralston data, published on the UCCnet production database," said Mike
 Merulla, Wegmans' Electronic Commerce Manager.  "We're ready to work with
 additional trading partners today."
     "Our trading partner community's needs continue to evolve as the supply
 chain moves toward advanced e-commerce tools such as trading exchanges," said
 Fred Geiger, Senior Vice President of Product Management for UCCnet.  "As this
 evolution continues, the UCCnet community will continue to rapidly address
 standards issues and provide guidelines to continue building a solid
 foundation for e-commerce."
 
     About UCCnet
     UCCnet is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt universal foundation for industry
 standards-based electronic commerce.  It provides foundational product
 registry services, enabling the synchronization of item and location
 information among trading partners, trade exchanges, solution partners and
 national data pools.  In addition, UCCnet facilitates interoperability among
 these groups by providing companies visibility to a wide range of information
 and resources.
     UCCnet leverages the legacy of the Uniform Code Council (UCC), an
 organization that establishes and promotes global standards for product
 identification and related electronic communications.  From trading partners
 to solution providers and business-to-business Internet marketplaces, users
 are able to form collaborative trading relationships based on industry
 standards and synchronized compliant data through UCCnet.  For more
 information, visit www.UCCnet.org.
 
     About Ralston Purina Company
     Ralston Purina Company (NYSE:   RAL), headquartered in St. Louis, is the
 world's largest producer of dry dog and dry and soft-moist cat foods and a
 leading manufacturer of cat box filler in the United States.
 
     About Wegmans Food Markets
     Wegmans Food Markets, a family-owned corporation, operates 60 stores in
 New York State, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The family-owned company was
 founded in 1916.  Wegmans is recognized as an industry leader, an innovator,
 and is known for its strong commitment to the communities where it operates
 stores.  It has been on Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies To
 Work For in America" for four consecutive years.
 
 

SOURCE UCCnet
    LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- UCCnet, a not-for-profit,
 tax-exempt subsidiary of the Uniform Code Council (UCC), today announced that
 Wegmans Food Markets and the Ralston Purina Company successfully communicated
 item information for a complete product category through UCCnet's
 GLOBALregistry(TM).  The companies will continue to conduct any product
 information changes and updates for items included in the category through the
 organization's registry.
     Ralston was able to upload product information for the company's moist pet
 food products category through UCCnet's GLOBALportal(TM) interface to the
 organization's product registry.  Wegmans' legacy system then uploaded and
 authorized the information.  Finally, Ralston received a message from the
 UCCnet system confirming that Wegmans had authorized the products, reflecting
 data synchronization had been completed.
     "This is a very exciting step for Wegmans and Ralston as both companies
 move toward becoming fully integrated within UCCnet's standards-based system,"
 said Donald Mowery, Director of Electronic Business for Ralston.  "UCCnet
 services are providing a fundamental step for our companies to realize the
 true benefits from more advanced e-commerce services such as scan-based
 trading, CPFR and those provided through transaction-based trading exchanges."
     The benefits of offering industry standards-compliant synchronized data
 and industry-defined application requirements allow UCCnet's
 GLOBALregistry(TM) to be a platform for trade exchanges.  The foundational
 services facilitate interoperability and serve these trading communities with
 applications that may not be available through their particular exchange.
     "In addition to future applications, the UCCnet platform for item
 information synchronization among Ralston's trading partners is another
 invaluable e-business operation," said Mowery.  Through UCCnet, Wegmans and
 Ralston have access to a synchronized product authorization file, found on
 UCCnet's GLOBALregistry(TM), ensuring that the right information for the right
 products is always available to either trading partner.
     Wegmans and Ralston, two initial pilot companies that have worked to
 develop and refine UCCnet services since the organization's inception, are
 able to reduce costly errors that may occur during traditional input of item
 information by utilizing the foundational services.  The companies are also
 able to decrease lead-time requirements for new product introductions and
 changes to item information.
     One of the unique characteristics of the relationship between Wegmans and
 Ralston is that each company created its own solutions for interfacing through
 UCCnet, in comparison to other companies that rely on third-party solution
 providers.  "We look forward to applying all that we have learned about data
 synchronization to future e-business endeavors within and beyond the UCCnet
 system," said Walt Gudselak, Manager of Business-to-Business Electronic
 Commerce Systems at Wegmans.
     "Wegmans' direct connection to the UCCnet system provides immediate access
 to Ralston data, published on the UCCnet production database," said Mike
 Merulla, Wegmans' Electronic Commerce Manager.  "We're ready to work with
 additional trading partners today."
     "Our trading partner community's needs continue to evolve as the supply
 chain moves toward advanced e-commerce tools such as trading exchanges," said
 Fred Geiger, Senior Vice President of Product Management for UCCnet.  "As this
 evolution continues, the UCCnet community will continue to rapidly address
 standards issues and provide guidelines to continue building a solid
 foundation for e-commerce."
 
     About UCCnet
     UCCnet is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt universal foundation for industry
 standards-based electronic commerce.  It provides foundational product
 registry services, enabling the synchronization of item and location
 information among trading partners, trade exchanges, solution partners and
 national data pools.  In addition, UCCnet facilitates interoperability among
 these groups by providing companies visibility to a wide range of information
 and resources.
     UCCnet leverages the legacy of the Uniform Code Council (UCC), an
 organization that establishes and promotes global standards for product
 identification and related electronic communications.  From trading partners
 to solution providers and business-to-business Internet marketplaces, users
 are able to form collaborative trading relationships based on industry
 standards and synchronized compliant data through UCCnet.  For more
 information, visit www.UCCnet.org.
 
     About Ralston Purina Company
     Ralston Purina Company (NYSE:   RAL), headquartered in St. Louis, is the
 world's largest producer of dry dog and dry and soft-moist cat foods and a
 leading manufacturer of cat box filler in the United States.
 
     About Wegmans Food Markets
     Wegmans Food Markets, a family-owned corporation, operates 60 stores in
 New York State, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  The family-owned company was
 founded in 1916.  Wegmans is recognized as an industry leader, an innovator,
 and is known for its strong commitment to the communities where it operates
 stores.  It has been on Fortune magazine's list of the "100 Best Companies To
 Work For in America" for four consecutive years.
 
 SOURCE  UCCnet