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GS1 Canada, iTradeNetwork and SYSCO Canada Announce Data Sychronization Initiative
-- Agreement further aligns data synchronization and business transaction processes --

TORONTO, ON, April 24, 2006 – GS1 Canada and iTradeNetwork (iTN) announced today that they will work together on behalf of SYSCO Canada to enable real-time collaborative Order Management transactions between SYSCO Canada’s supplier partners.  GS1 Canada’s ECCnet Registry, Canada’s national product registry, is SYSCO Canada’s source for certified supplier product data, nutritional and marketing content and product images.  SYSCO Canada is in the process of integrating with iTradeNetwork’s e-commerce solution for order management, including purchase orders, purchase order acknowledgements and invoices.  ECCnet Registry and iTradeNetwork will share catalogue data to streamline SYSCO’s collaborative Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) workflow for its supplier partners thereby reducing the cost of transacting business documents.

“One of the many benefits of ECCnet Registry is providing a single repository for vendors to enter their data to reach many customers.  This collaboration between GS1 Canada and iTN further expands the ECCnet Registry network and streamlines the data synchronization process so it is more easily integrated with business processes,” said Art Smith, CEO, GS1 Canada.

“iTradeNetwork is gratified to be strategically aligned with GS1 Canada to support the data synchronization efforts of the Canadian marketplace.  With over five million items codes synchronized between more than 4,000 trading partners that will engage in over $200B of network trading volume in 2006, iTradeNetwork has worked hard to respond to the data/catalog synchronization needs of the food industry,” said Rob Bonavito, CEO, iTradeNetwork.  “We are pleased to provide SYSCO Canada and members of the vendor community with connectivity between ECCnet Registry and the iTradeNetwork Order Management System to simplify the exchange of business documents,” he continued.

“To realize our goal of driving down the cost of conducting business with our trading partners, SYSCO Canada is working collaboratively with GS1Canada and iTN,” said Robert Law, Vice President, Merchandising, SYSCO Canada.  “We continue to support ECCnet Registry, and this agreement will further expand its capabilities and the valuable services it provides to us and our trading network.  This agreement forged between iTN and GS1 Canada benefits SYSCO and its suppliers by eliminating the need for costly multiple catalog synchronizations.”
Phase one of the process, which will begin this May, enables ECCnet Registry vendors to provide iTN with access to their core product data.  Phase two will allow SYSCO Canada vendors who have loaded data into iTN’s database to transmit data to ECCnet and utilize ECCnet data loading services to augment data with additional data attributes required by SYSCO Canada.


About GS1 Canada
GS1 Canada is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and maintains global standards for the identification of goods, locations and related e-commerce communication, such as bar code issuance and maintenance. GS1 Canada is the only authorized source for globally unique company prefixes in Canada, a standard term and condition of trade globally.  It provides a range of educational opportunities, maintains Canada’s national product registry, and offers one-stop access to product images and dimensions.  As technologies like Electronic Product Codes (EPC) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) continue to drive the e-commerce revolution, GS1 Canada will provide the leadership to help ensure that Canadian companies can participate competitively. For more information, visit

About iTradeNetwork, Inc
iTradeNetwork is a privately held technology leader in On-Demand E-Business solutions. The ITN suite of workflow collaboration products include: Order Management System (OMS), Logistics, Contract and Rebate Management (CaRMA), Promotional Planning, Demand Forecast, VMI, Financial Services, Trade Spend Management and Content, as well as low cost integration to customers legacy systems. 16 of the top 20 North American Retailers and most leading Foodservice companies are utilizing iTradeNetwork's e-business solutions with over 4,000 trading partners/customers.  For more information, visit the iTradeNetwork, Inc. website at

About SYSCO Corporation
SYSCO is the global leader in selling, marketing and distributing food products to restaurants, healthcare and educational facilities, lodging establishments and other customers who prepare meals away from home. Its family of products also includes equipment and supplies for the foodservice and hospitality industries. For calendar year 2005 the company generated $31.4 billion in sales. For more information about SYSCO visit the company's Internet home page at


For more information, contact:
Mary Fuochi
GS1 Canada
416-510-8039 ext. 2125

Ann Wallker

Michael J. King
SYSCO Corporate
(281) 584-2835