Unified Western Grocers deploys Cactus GDS Accelerator

Paul Demery

Retailer recognizes the capacity global data synchronization has to improve business efficiency

OTTAWA, ON and NEW YORK, NY – January 17, 2005 – Cactus Commerce Inc., a provider of e-business software and services for trading partner integration, today announced at the National Retail Federation’s annual conference and tradeshow that Unified Western Grocers, Inc. is using Cactus GDS Accelerator for BizTalk Server 2004 to achieve global data synchronization with its supplier and distribution partners.

Cactus GDS Accelerator for BizTalk Server 2004 allows companies to quickly and easily connect to UCCnet™ and the Global Registry, and integrate accurate real-time data into existing management systems. Utilizing Microsoft-based Internet technologies, Cactus’ GDS software is affordable, scalable and easy to implement.

With over $3 billion in annual sales, Unified Western Grocers is a retailer-owned wholesale grocery cooperative that supplies independent retailers throughout the Western United States. Cactus successfully worked with Unified in 2003 to develop a certified data synchronization solution for UCCnet using Microsoft’s UCCnet developer toolkit.

As part of an early adopter program, Unified is now upgrading to Cactus GDS Accelerator for BizTalk Server, allowing the retailer to take advantage of the software’s added features, including a product information consolidation database and use of Web services to enable richer back office integration capabilities, while keeping up to date with changes to UCCnet and other data pools as required.

"Through their earlier work with Unified, Cactus has proven itself to be a highly proficient technology vendor, and making the decision to upgrade to Cactus GDS Accelerator was an easy one," said Greg Vick, Executive Director, supply chain and e-commerce systems at Unified. "By achieving global data synchronization, we expect to achieve significant savings in our supply chain by reducing data errors and through better integration with our existing business processes."

An added benefit to Unified of deploying Cactus GDS Accelerator is that it puts in place a foundation for the management of EPCglobal data in future RFID implementations. Achieving global data synchronization between trading partners is an essential first step before the full benefit of RFID technology in the supply chain can be realized.

"Cactus Commerce is delighted to be working with retailers such as Unified to support their global data synchronization initiatives," said Pierre Deschamps, Executive Vice President, Cactus Commerce. "It is encouraging to see that a broad cross-section of retailers and their suppliers are now starting to proactively engage in GDS programs. Cactus GDS Accelerator is the ideal choice for those retailers with Microsoft technology-based infrastructures to quickly achieve their GDS objectives at an affordable price."

"We are pleased to see Cactus’ success in delivering its Microsoft technology-based global data synchronization solution to the Retail sector," said Brian Scott, General Manager, Retail Industry Solutions Unit, Microsoft. "Combining the powerful integration capabilities of BizTalk Server 2004 with Cactus GDS Accelerator will enable our joint retail customers to take advantage of a significant reduction in master data errors to achieve faster, more cost-effective trading with suppliers and distributors."

With its GDS Accelerator, Cactus Commerce demonstrates a valuable solution for the manufacturing and retail industries inline with Microsoft Smarter Retailing, a comprehensive solutions framework for enabling the next generation of retail innovation. It concentrates on one of SRI’s key areas, Smarter Operations, which is designed to offer increased efficiency by providing real-time visibility into the metrics that drive profitability. This includes solutions to easily manage the adoption of transforming technologies such as Global Data Synchronization and RFID.

Cactus is presenting in the Microsoft booth (413) at NRF’s 94th annual convention and exposition, January 16 – 19, in New York City.

About Cactus Commerce
Cactus Commerce Inc. is an e-business software and services provider dedicated to helping organizations of all sizes bring more efficiency to their complex business processes. A Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, Cactus works closely with partners to develop and deliver rapidly deployed, cost-effective and extensible Trading Partner Integration (TPI) solutions. Cactus complements its packaged software offerings with an array of professional services and unique industry expertise, enabling companies to take full advantage of their existing and future technology investments, such as RFID. For more information, please visit www.cactuscommerce.com


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