Sunbury, United Kingdom — April 26, 2005 — GXS™ will exhibit alongside partners EPCsolutions, GS1 UK and webMethods at ECR 2005 to demonstrate the proficiency of its B2B e-commerce solutions for retail and CPG supply chains. Notably, GXS and EPCsolutions will host a new live demonstration of an RFID-enabled supply network for the first time in Europe. Delegates can see first hand how significant ROI can be derived by integrating existing data flows and transactions, avoiding extensive business process re-engineering. GXS will also present its key capabilities and offerings, including data synchronisation, product information management and the new range of services available on the GXS Trading Grid®.
Alex Schumacher, director for global retail business at GXS, said: “ECR promises to be a great event. For GXS, it’s an opportunity to demonstrate to retail and CPG companies the many ways that GXS can improve business efficiencies. With our partners GS1, webMethods and EPCsolutions, GXS will demonstrate the value in collabouration for trading communities worldwide.”
GXS & EPCsolutions, GS1 World, Hall PS, Stand 22
GXS, an experienced and proficient operator of 17 local data pools, is a key force in driving the management and deployment of country data pools worldwide. The expansion of the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) will bring increased benefits to whole trading communities, enabling partners to trade clean data rapidly and reduce costly inefficiencies in the supply chain by maximising consistency in product information. Traditionally, many businesses look at product catalogue data, tracking and transactional services as distinct entities, without considering the potential efficiencies to be derived from integrating them. EPCsolutions and GXS will demonstrate that the business benefits of data synchronisation and RFID tagging or barcoding only meet their true potential when data is put into a business context that improves supply chain efficiency. By ensuring that product data is as full and as accurate as possible to begin with, the transaction of that data and tracking of product, and the business processes associated with it (purchase orders, delivery notices, billing and reconciliation and so on), becomes vastly more visible and efficient.
GXS & GS1 UK, GS1 World, Hall PS, Stand 22
GXS will exhibit its Country Data Pool Manager solution alongside UK data pool owner GS1 UK and UK data pool partner UDEX. Providing a central access point for all UK subscribers wishing to trade with partners worldwide, the GS1 UK Data Pool is one of the 17 local data pools GXS manages and operates globally. As the Global Data Synchronisation Network (GDSN) rolls out, GXS will facilitate trading across a global community of GS1 organisations. The UK Data Pool is used by several key retailers, including Tesco and Makro Cash & Carry UK (part of the METRO group in Germany). The UK Data Pool is expected to manage over a quarter of a million registered items and 3,000 suppliers in the very near future.
GXS Main Stand, Hall PS, Stand 17b
GXS, joined by webMethods on its main stand, will present Trading Grid, a real-time platform developed exclusively to enable and streamline cross-enterprise business processes. As one of the world’s largest electronic business communities, serving over 30,000 businesses worldwide, Trading Grid offers unique capabilities that ensure synchronised product and price information, optimise inventory levels and demand forecasts, speed the overall execution of supply chains, and ultimately provide true end-to-end business process visibility. GXS will showcase its leadership in data synchronisation and product information management. webMethods, a strategic partner with GXS, will show its B2B Community Enablement solutions, how to optimise the New Product Introduction Process and EAI and B2B Integration Consolidation solutions which reduce maintenance costs.
About EPCsolutionsEPCsolutions maintain high level relationships with tier one RFID hardware & software providers. Combining decades of SMS and WMS experience with a vast knowledge of RFID technology and practical applications, EPCsolutions clients benefit from its unique set of skills and perspective. Actively engaged today with EPCglobal, the AIDC’s (Auto-ID Centre) organising foundation for RFID standards worldwide, EPCsolutions derives key advantages in understanding and adjusting to market trends, technical requirements, and multinational protocols for both present and, perhaps more importantly, future RFID implementation strategies.
About GS1 UK
GS1 UK deploys and supports GS1 standards within the UK. It is part of the worldwide GS1 network which develops global supply chain standards and solutions used by over one million companies for bar coding, electronic business messaging, data synchronisation and through the EPCglobal Network, radio frequency identification. For more information visit our Web site at www.gs1uk.org
UDEX is recognised as the UK’s leading Product Data Quality service provider and over the last 7 years has established unrivalled expertise in this field. UDEX provides unique solutions that help suppliers create, maintain and share clean, standards compliant information about their products. Headquartered in Newport and operating in the UK and USA the company’s services are used by a community approaching 3,000 suppliers. UDEX works with 23 of the largest Retailers and Food Service companies in the country including 3663, Booker, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Boots and Iceland.
About webMethods, Inc.
webMethods (Nasdaq: WEBM) provides business integration software to integrate, assemble and optimise available IT assets to drive business process productivity. webMethods delivers an innovative, enterprise-class business integration platform that incorporates proven integration technology with next generation capabilities into one interoperable set of tools that delivers a unique combination of efficiency, agility and control. webMethods combines industry leadership with a zealous commitment to customers to deliver tangible business value to more than 1,200 global customers. webMethods is headquartered in Fairfax, Va., with offices throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific and Japan. More information about webMethods can be found at www.webMethods.com.
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.
GXS is a leading B2B integration services provider and operates the world’s largest integration cloud, GXS Trading Grid®. Our software and services help more than 550,000 businesses, including 22 of the top 25 supply chains, extend their partner networks, automate receiving processes, manage electronic payments, and improve supply chain visibility. GXS Managed Services, our unique approach to improving B2B integration operations, combines GXS Trading Grid® with our process orchestration services and global team to manage a company’s multi-enterprise processes. Based in Gaithersburg, Maryland, GXS has direct operations in 20 countries, employing more than 2,400 professionals. To learn more, see www.gxs.co.uk, read our blog at www.gxsblogs.com and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/gxs .You can also access our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml.
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