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Uniform Code Council (UCC) Annual Conference

Uniform Code Council's U Connect Conference to Educate Supply Chain Professionals May 21-23, 2003

Humor Columnist Dave Barry to Speak

Lawrenceville, NJ, USA. January 08, 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 21-23, 2003, at Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Fla. The conference, which provides sessions aimed at supply chain technology users across a variety of industries, will also feature nationally syndicated humor columnist Dave Barry, as the keynote speaker.

The three-day education and networking event will bring together a global audience of more than 1,000 supply chain professionals, including consultants, solution providers and technology executives. The conference, which was developed by the UCC and users of the EAN.UCC System of standards to educate supply chain technology users, 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 using the EAN.UCC System to improve business practices and solve supply chain challenges.

The U Connect Conference will offer more than 70 informative sessions that cover business-critical topics such as electronic data interchange (EDI); how standards are developed through the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP); Extensible Markup Language (XML) standards; collaborative planning, forecasting and replenishment (CPFR); data carrier updates including bar codes, RFID and RSS (Reduced Space Symbology); 2005 Sunrise initiative; and registry and data synchronization with UCCnet.

This year, attendees will have the chance to network with solution providers on the U Connect exhibit floor. Two special pavilions will be featured next to the general exhibit area, the eBusinessReady Pavilion and the UCCnet Alliance Partner Pavilion for UCCnet. U Connect 2003 will also host a new, specialized track for the Alcohol Beverage Industry Electronic Commerce (ABI EC) Group.

"U Connect 2003 promises to be the biggest conference yet with sessions that directly address the needs of supply chain professionals today and a wealth of networking opportunities," said Michael Di Yeso, Executive Vice President and COO of the UCC.

Syndicated humor columnist, Pulitzer Prize recipient and self-proclaimed technology-savvy cyberspace traveler, Dave Barry, will bring a new and entertaining dimension as the keynote speaker for U Connect's General Session.

Registration fees before March 1, 2003, are $650 for UCC and ABI EC members and $925 for non-members. Regular fees after that date are $725 for UCC and ABI EC members and $1,025 for non-members, with group discounts available for companies with four or more attendees.

Prior to the conference on Tuesday, May 20, attendees also have an opportunity to attend the UCC's Supply Chain U, a one-day hands-on, introductory seminar covering the basics of either 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 combination packages available at $900 for members and $1250 for non-members.

The Swan and Dolphin Resort will be offering a reduced group rate for conference attendees. Online conference registration is now available at

For general information or to register, contact the UCC's conference coordinators, McGettigan Partners by phone at 1-800-875-0097, or via e-mail at

About The Uniform Code Council, Inc.

The mission of the Uniform Code Council, Inc., is to take a global leadership role in establishing and promoting multi-industry standards for product identification and related electronic communications. The goal is to enhance efficient supply chain management, thus contributing added value to the customer. For more information about the Uniform Code Council, please visit


Uniform Code Council, Inc.
Cecily Laidman
Tel: +1 609/620-4526

Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive. See: "Uniform Code Council (UCC) XML Program."

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