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UCC's 2004 U Connect Conference on Supply Chain Technology

Uniform Code Council's U Connect Conference to Connect People, Process and Technology

Expanded Conference May 25-27, 2004 to Feature over 90 Sessions

Lawrenceville, N.J, USA. September 2, 2003.

The Uniform Code Council (UCC), leaders in facilitating efficient international business, announced today that the organization will hold its annual U Connect Conference May 25-27, 2004, at the Hilton Anaheim Resort in Anaheim, California.

The three-day education and networking event will bring together a global audience of supply chain technology users from a variety of industries for educational sessions, networking opportunities, and an exhibition by technology vendors. In 2003, the conference accounted for nearly 1,200 supply chain professionals, including consultants, solution providers and technology executives.

"There is no greater need in our knowledge-based economy than to be connected with the people, process and technology that drive business. The 2004 U Connect Conference is planned around this concept," said Tom Rittenhouse, President and Chief Executive Officer of the UCC. "U Connect will deliver a comprehensive educational and business-building experience for attendees."

The conference focuses on how companies can employ the latest standards-based solutions, technologies, and business processes to manage their supply chain more efficiently. Sessions will deliver insight from industry professionals about practical applications and case studies on improving business practices and solving supply chain challenges.

"Year after year, U Connect proves itself as a unique conference that truly is developed by supply chain technology users to benefit supply chain technology users," said Becky Pickett, Development Manager, eBusiness, Ahold Information Services. "Whether you are a new attendee or have been to U Connect in the past, you will walk away with the knowledge and tools to bring more efficiency to your business."

The 2004 U Connect Conference will offer more than 90 informative sessions that cover business-critical topics within the following tracks:

  • Implementing Foundational Data will offer "how-to" basics and case studies on implementing UCC keys, including Global Trade Item Identification Numbers (GTIN), Serial Shipping Container Codes (SSCC), Global Location Numbers (GLN), and Global Individual Asset Identifiers (GIAI).

  • Electronic Product Code (EPC): Using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) To "E"Volutionize The Supply Chain will cover the commercialization of the electronic product code (EPC), which has begun through a joint venture of the UCC and EAN International. This global industry initiative has the potential to transform the supply chain and deliver unprecedented benefits. The track will focus on how the EPC is moving from the laboratory to the real world and give attendees the roadmap they will need to get started.

  • Data Synchronization will offer information on UCCnet foundational services, comprehensive sessions on the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN), and case studies on implementations of GDSN.

  • Technologies and Standards in Trading Partnerships will include business case examples and discussions on Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), Extensible Markup Language (XML), EDI over the Internet (AS2), and Business to Business (B2B) integration.

  • Collaborative Commerce Standards Development and Implementation will provide information about the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP), current and future initiatives of the process, and the global standards of foundational data.

  • Collaborative Planning, Forecasting, and Replenishment (CPFR) will provide an understanding of CPFR, the value it can bring to a company, and the barriers that companies have encountered when implementing CPFR.

  • Industry-Focused Overviews will provide insights on supply chain initiatives within specific industries, including the latest information on governmental and supply chain requirements.

  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics will cover basic collaborative planning practices including supply chain visibility, event management, and performance metrics.

  • Alcohol Beverage Industry Electronic Commerce Group (ABI EC), following its successful debut at the 2003 conference, will feature sessions that focus on supply chain issues specific to the Alcohol Beverage Industry.

  • Foodservice Industry, new for 2004, will focus on bringing greater efficiency to the foodservice supply chain. Leading industry groups, including Efficient Foodservice Response (EFR) and the International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA) are collaborating on the development of the track's curriculum.

"Networking with people throughout the alcohol beverage supply chain, especially retailers, is something that our industry rarely experiences," said Bob James, Chair of ABI EC. "The opportunities and benefits of the ABI EC track at U Connect and our partnership with the Uniform Code Council provide tremendous value for alcohol beverage industry attendees."

Attendees will have the chance to network with UCC Solution Partners on the U Connect exhibit floor. The exhibit area will feature certified Partners in the areas of Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC), Electronic Commerce, UCCnet, RosettaNet, and the newly formed AutoID U.S., LLC.

Registration fees before March 31, 2004, are $675 for UCC, ABI EC, and IFDA members and $950 for non-members. Regular fees after that date are $750 for UCC, ABI EC, and IFDA members and $1,050 for non-members, with group discounts available for companies with four or more attendees. Prior to the conference, on Monday, May 24, attendees also have an opportunity to attend the UCC's Supply Chain U, a one-day hands-on, introductory seminar covering the basics of UCCnet, product identification and bar coding, or electronic commerce. The Supply Chain U fee is $295 for members and $350 for non-members, with U Connect Conference early-bird combination packages available at $950 for members and $1,275 for non-members. After March 31, 2004 combination packages are available at $1025 for members, and $1380 for non-members.

The Hilton Anaheim Resort will be offering a reduced room rate for conference attendees. Attendees will need to reference the Uniform Code Council's U Connect Conference in order to receive conference pricing. Online conference registration will be available on October 2, 2003 at

About the Uniform Code Council

The Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the development and implementation of standards-based, global supply chain solutions. Under its auspices, the UCC operates two wholly owned subsidiaries, UCCnet and RosettaNet. The UCC also co-manages its global EAN.UCC System with EAN International. The newly formed AutoID U.S., LLC is a joint venture between EAN International and the UCC. UCC-based solutions, including business processes, XML standards, EDI transaction sets, and the bar code identification standards of the EAN.UCC System are currently used by more than one million member companies worldwide. For more information about the Uniform Code Council, visit


Elias/Savion Public Relations
[For] the Uniform Code Council
Mark Silvey
Tel: +1 412/642-7700

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: (1) "Uniform Code Council (UCC) XML Program"; (2) "VICS CPFR XML Messaging Standard."

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