GXS’ Russian Data Pool Now Live

Sunbury, United Kingdom — March 9, 2005 — GXS™, a leading provider of B2B e-commerce solutions, the International Foundation for Automatic Identification (IFAI) and Uniscan today announced the official launch and availability of Russia’s GS1-certified global data synchronisation (GDS) country data pool, RusDP1. The data pool, based on the GS1-certified GXS Data Pool Manager platform, will enable 10,000 Russian companies to leverage the benefits of implementing global supply chain standards, including the GS1-sponsored GDS initiative.

Russia represents a growth market for global retailers and consumer products companies. Local and regional retailers need to adopt standards-based best practices to build a competitive footing for global trade. Uniscan was challenged with quickly deploying a solution that addressed the needs of its user community, while ensuring the solution offered long term viability and global compatibility. GXS Data Pool Manager addressed these needs by providing a certified platform that interoperates with the GS1 Global Registry and all other data pools in that network. The data pool is available in both Russian and English languages, so that Russian companies can trade easily and efficiently with each other and their global partners, becoming part of a growing network of synchronised data. Additionally, by partnering with GXS, Uniscans’ members will be well positioned to capitalise on advanced technologies such as RFID and collabouritive Planning, Forecasting and Replenishment (CPFR) systems.

“Our membership base is comprised of more than 10,000 retailers, suppliers, manufacturers and vendors that must be able to trade on a global stage to viably compete,” said George Nasonov, deputy general director of Uniscan. “Leveraging the unmatched resources and knowledge base of GXS and IFAI allows us to reduce time to market and launch this data pool to make the vision of a global supply chain a reality for the Russian market.”

The RusDP1 data pool service was deployed using GXS Data Pool Manager, a solution for community-based organisations that seek to benefit from an industry-standard data pool solution. GXS Data Pool Manager is designed to lower barriers to GDS implementations by providing a certified data pool as a managed service that is configured to specific geographic market needs. GXS powers more GS1-certified data pools than any other service provider worldwide.

“Having previously supported data pool development in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, and now Russia, we appreciate first-hand the need to enable retailers and their supply chain partners to efficiently address the needs of specific consumer markets,” said Ross Curtis, senior vice president of worldwide field operations at GXS. “The launch of Russia’s data pool is significant for Uniscan and the Russian supply chain community, and demonstrates GXS’ commitment to making the GS1 Global Data Synchronisation Network a reality”.

About UNISCAN / EAN Russia
UNISCAN / EAN Russia, soon to be renamed GS1 Russia, is the Member Organisation of GS1, formerly EAN International, in the Russian Federation and, as such, is responsible for administering the global system of EAN.UCC standards in Russia. These are open, global, multi-sectoral information standards, based on best business practices. By driving their implementation, GS1 and its Member Organisations play a leading role in supply and demand chain management improvement worldwide. For more information please visit: www.ean.ru, www.GS1.org

About IFAI
The International Foundation for Automatic Identification is a Moscow-based international not-for-profit organisation established in December 2000 to promote Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) technologies in Russia and the CIS.

About GXS
GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collabouration. Organisations worldwide, including more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage GXS Trading Grid® to achieve balance between supply and demand. Active in the global standards arena, GXS solutions enable customers both large and small, to connect with global partners, synchronise product information, optimise inventory levels and demand forecasts, and accelerate the execution of supply chains.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS provides sales and support to businesses and their partners worldwide. For more information about GXS visit www.gxs.co.uk.