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GXS to Provide Global Synchronization of Detailed Product Attributes through Automatic Registration of Vendor Products with UCCnet’s GLOBALregistry™

Gaithersburg, MD—May 13, 2003—Global eXchange Services (GXS) today announced that its Global Product Catalogue (GPC), www.gpcatalogue.com, a multi-industry data repository of product attributes and synchronization service with more than 65 million line items and over 17,000 trading partners, is the first service of its scope to be certified for UCCnet Foundation Services 2.1. UCCnet’s GLOBALregistry provides a global product directory, through which independent data repositories interface to achieve seamless, accurate, consistent data synchronization for global, multi-industry supply chain partners. This inter-operability certification enables GPC clients to extend their data synchronization needs by having GXS promote needed information to UCCnet while continuing to provide the value of a centralized database for multiple users to access in a variety of ways (Web, EDI, XML, Batch, and or real-time).

“Unique in the global data synchronization marketplace, GXS’ Global Product Catalogue Service brings significant value to global retail supply-chain trading partners, especially in conjunction with UCCnet’s GLOBALregistry and global data synchronization initiatives,” said Glenn DuBois, Chief Operating Officer for UCCnet. “GXS has clearly demonstrated a solid commitment to our global initiatives and standards by having successfully achieved UCCnet certification so rapidly. We will continue to have high expectations for the role of GXS as part of the Global Data Synchronization Network, as we provide a single product and location registry for companies around the world.”

“For years we’ve relied on GXS to help us meet the demands of our retail partners,” said Ron Cochran, Director Supply Chain Systems, Newell/Rubbermaid. “This announcement is positive for the retail industry with GXS undertaking a leadership initiative, adopting industry standards to comply with UCCnet. We believe GXS is doing the right thing for the good of the consumer products industry.”

GPC certification provides subscribers with these UCCnet capabilities:

  • Register products with UCCnet’s GLOBALregistry
  • Ensure product and attribute compliance with standardized UCCnet validations and business rules
  • Publish products to specific UCCnet retailers
  • Handle bi-directional XML Internet messaging and reporting
  • Send and receive UCCnet and other product attributes using X12 and EDIFACT, with minimal user internal upgrades
  • Support all 62 UCCnet-defined attributes per product, in addition to the 550 GPC already supports

“In addition to the GPC certification, GXS has also received certification for its AS2 transport services and plans to certify its Enterprise and Application Integrator offerings. By providing an end-to-end suite of UCCnet-enabling services, we can help our customers to leverage their B2B e-commerce investments and infrastructures into even greater supply chain optimization,” stated Jim Rogers, GXS VP of Integration Solutions.

Within its single hosted service environment, GPC operates active data synchronization communities in 3 major countries—U.S. Retail, ECCnet (Canada), and EANnet (Australia). GPC uniquely provides features to “community owners” like ECCC and EAN Australia, enabling them to provide their member companies with additional value-added services.

“GXS’ Global Product Catalogue is the engine that powers ECCnet, Canada’s National Product Registry. The GXS and ECCnet partnership has been helping to drive country-wide standards-based data synchronization in every retail sector for over four years,” said Art Smith, president of the Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC). “GPC already allows cross-community data synchronization between its U.S. and Canadian communities, eliminating the need for suppliers to subscribe to multiple catalogue services for each country in which they do business. As strategic business partners, GXS and ECCC plan to continue to coordinate their respective areas of expertise to bring even greater value to retail supply chain partners worldwide.”

About Global eXchange Services

Global eXchange Services, Inc. (GXS) operates one of the largest B2B e-commerce networks in the world, managing 1 billion transactions annually for more than 100,000 trading partners. With more than 35 years experience, GXS provides supply chain services and software to 60% of Fortune 500 companies. GXS is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md. Call (800) 560-4347 or visit our Web site at www.gxs.com.

About UCCnet

UCCnet is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt neutral organization that provides item registry and data synchronization based on industry-developed standards. UCCnet provides a foundation for electronic commerce and cost effective transaction of data among partners. 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 lifecycle management of synchronized products, user locations and user trade capabilities. For more information, visit www.UCCnet.org.

About ECCC & ECCnet

The Electronic Commerce Council of Canada (ECCC) is a not-for-profit industry-led association established to promote and maintain global standards for the identification of goods, services, locations and related e-commerce communication such as bar code issuance and maintenance. As an EAN International Member Organization, ECCC represents Canada in the continuing development of the global language of business. ECCnet is Canada’s National Product Registry. For more information, visit http://www.gs1ca.org

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This document includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. These factors include technological developments, customer demand, trading partner participation and network availability.


Scott Frank
Global eXchange Services, Inc.
(301) 340-4322