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Ace Hardware becomes first hardlines retailer to push UCCnet standards
The move to get retailers and suppliers on common product data standards has finally moved beyond general retailers and supermarkets.
The move to get retailers and suppliers on common product data standards has finally moved beyond general retailers and supermarkets. Today Ace Hardware Corp. said it will implement UCCnet standards among the 5,000 Ace stores and is asking its 2,400 suppliers to follow suit.
The rest of the retail hardline industry is expected to follow Ace’s lead. “Ace is the first, but you can expect others will soon follow,” a spokeswoman for UCCnet tells InternetRetailer.com. She says another major hardline retailer is planning to announce its plans next week.
Ace, which represents 5,000 independently owned and operated stores that offer about 65,000 products, said it expects to begin implementing UCCnet item registration and data synchronization early next year. UCCnet, part of the Uniform Code Council Inc., is a non-profit organization that supports the use of common codes and Internet-based product registration to foster improved flow of supply chain data among retailers and their suppliers.
Until now, participation in UCCnet standards has been among general retailers like Wal-Mart Stores Inc., supermarket chains and suppliers of consumer packaged goods and groceries.