U Connect 2010 bringing together retailers and suppliers

June 7 in San Antonio will be the site of the 10th annual U Connect Conference - hosted by GS1 US  and VICS.   U Connect will bring together trading partners to network and learn about best practices for managing the flow of goods from manufacturers to end users and  the value of using standards based business processes.

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Major Retailers to share tips

Best Buy, Lowe’s McLand, Sears/Kmart, and others, will host sessions on “How to Do Business”  in which they will discuss collaboration practices.

Additionally a number of  “Trading Partner Roundtables” will provide suppliers the chance to meet with their retail and distribution customers in small groups and discuss opportunities to improve their supply-chain processes.      Some of the demand-side trading partners scheduled to participate include Ace Hardware, Acosta Sales, Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Associated Food Stores, Best Buy, Big Lots, Costco, Dillard’s, Lowe’s, Sears, Target and Wegmans.

Featured speakers include an FDA (Food and Drug Administration) counselor - John M. Taylor III, as well as the President of Coca-Cola North America and the CIO of Walmart.       Taylor will be discussing the importance of establishing controls from production to consumption, to help ensure the safety and quality of FDA regulated products.

“The strength of our retailer lineup signifies the value that collaboration brings to the trading-partner relationship and why we continue to see this aspect grow each year,” said Bill Voltmer, senior vice president, Industry & Business Development, GS1 US. “We give supply-chain professionals a unique opportunity to both hear from an important constituency and learn about the state of the art from experts in other sectors as well.”

The conference offers extensive content beyond retail relationships, also. The agenda covers healthcare and foodservice in numerous sessions, with cross-industry sessions on topics such as data quality, visibility, sustainability and security.

The conference, with the theme, “Build a More Visible, Secure and Sustainable Value Chain,” will be held at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort, beginning on Mon., June 7 with pre-conference seminars. The main conference begins June 8.
Exhibits will be open Monday through Wednesday.

About U Connect:
The U Connect Conference is an annual event hosted by GS1 US and its conference partner, the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association (VICS). It brings trading partners together in a neutral environment to network and learn about the value of using standards-based business processes and best practices for optimum efficiencies in managing the supply and demand sides of the value chain. The event draws attendees from multiple industries and business functions, as well as standards communities of the GS1 System, and offers solutions to value-chain problems, regardless of company size or type. The U Connect Conference celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2010.

About GS1 US™

GS1 US is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the adoption and implementation of standards-based, global supply-chain solutions. More than 200,000 businesses in 25 industries rely on GS1 US for trading-partner collaboration and for maximizing the cost effectiveness, speed, visibility, and traceability of their goods moving around the world. They achieve these benefits through GS1 US solutions based on GS1 global unique numbering and identification systems, bar codes, Electronic Product Code-based RFID, data synchronization, and electronic information exchange. GS1 US also manages the United Nations Standard Products and Services Code® (UNSPSC®). www.GS1US.org.

About VICS
The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards (VICS) Association has enabled companies in the retail and consumer-focused industries to eliminate billions of dollars of waste and delay. By creating voluntary guidelines, often referred to as “standards,” VICS has created new best practices that ultimately lead to lower costs and better availability of products for consumers. VICS’ volunteer members improve the flow of products and information throughout retailing and the consumer-focused industries that supply retail. The Association provides leadership and an environment in which executives can make a difference in their industry, their company performance—and their personal commitment to make the world work a little bit better. VICS’ members help define the next best practices in the industries and thus anticipate and optimize business processes and costs. Additional information can be found at www.vics.org.

More information is available at www.uconnectevent.org

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