Global Manufacturers and Retailers Adopt ebXML

850,000 Companies Select ebXML for New Global Commerce Internet Protocol

Boston, MA and Geneva, Switzerland; September 11, 2000

Members of the Global Commerce Initiative (GCI) announced
plans to use ebXML as the backbone of their new data exchange
standard for business-to-business trade in the consumer goods
industry. ebXML, an initiative of the United Nations CEFACT
and OASIS, will provide the technical infrastructure for the
Global Commerce Internet Protocol, a set of recommendations
governing the management of data for Internet communication
and other B2B interactions. GCI members include 40 major manufacturers
and retailers as well as eight trade associations, which in
total represent 850,000 companies around the world. Exchanges
such as Transora, the WorldWide Retail Exchange, GlobalNetXchange,
and are taking active roles in the GCI development.

"The adoption of ebXML by the world's largest manufacturers
and retailers is a significant sign that the ebXML initiative
is moving forward from development to deliverables,"
said Klaus-Dieter Naujok of NextERA Interactive, Chair of
ebXML and member of the UN/CEFACT Steering Committee. "Although
we have much work ahead of us, ebXML specifications are robust
and usable today."

"The Global Commerce Internet Protocol is a fine example
of how ebXML fits in the B2B arena," added Robert S.
Sutor, Ph.D. of IBM, Vice Chair of ebXML and Chair of the
OASIS Board of Directors. "ebXML defines a common set
of standards that can be used across all vertical industries.
It provides the infrastructure for e-business using XML and
Internet-based technologies."

EAN and the UCC have made a major
contribution to GCI's effort to quickly standardize Internet
trading in the consumer products industry with the first in
a series of electronic commerce standards. In order to support
the GCI Internet Protocol, the UCC and EAN undertook an ambitious
effort to provide GCI with a series of electronic commerce
standards for the following processes: Item Synchronization,
Party, Simple Purchase Order and Dispatch (Advance Ship Notice).
This project encompassed the creation of business models,
global data dictionaries, and XML schemas. GCI proof-of-concept
trials are underway and the organization plans to demonstrate
its protocol at the upcoming ebXML meeting in Tokyo, November
6, 2000.


Founded in October 1999, the
Global Commerce Initiative is the result of joint industry
efforts in North and South America, Europe and Asia where,
since the early-nineties, strategic collaborations have been
developing between stakeholders of all sizes across the complex
supply chain for consumer goods. Made possible by some of
the world's best-known companies, they include the Efficient
Consumer Response (ECR) movements in Europe, North and South
America and Asia, together with the Voluntary Interindustry
Commerce Standards Association (VICS) in North America, EAN
International and UCC, CIES, The Food Business Forum, FMI,
AIM, the European Brands Association, and GMA.

About ebXML

ebXML ( is an International
Initiative established by UN/CEFACT and OASIS in late 1999
with a mandate to undertake an 18-month program of work to
research and identify the technical basis upon which the global
implementation of XML (Extensible Markup Language) can be
standardized. The goal of ebXML is to facilitate open trade
between organizations regardless of size by enabling XML to
be used in a consistent manner to exchange electronic business


UN/CEFACT ( is the United
Nations body whose mandate covers worldwide policy and technical
development in the area of trade facilitation and electronic
business. Headquartered in Geneva, it has developed and promoted
many tools for the facilitation of global business processes
including UN/EDIFACT, the international EDI standard. Its
current work programme includes such topics as Simpl-edi and
Object Oriented EDI and it strongly supports the development
and implementation of open, interoperable global standards
and specifications for electronic business.


OASIS ( is the world's
largest independent, non-profit organization dedicated to
the standardization of XML applications. OASIS sponsors include
Adobe Systems, Aerospatiale, AND Data Solutions, Arbortext,
B-Bop Associates, BEA Systems, Boeing, Bowstreet, Bridge,
BroadVision, Chrystal Software, Cohesia, Commerce One, Corel,
DataChannel, Dataloom, DMSi, Documentum, Dun & Bradstreet,, Enigma, eXcelon, Extensibility, Extricity Software,
First Call, IBM, InformIT, Informix, InterCAP, Interwoven,
ISOGEN, ITEDO, JetForm, Keyfile, Logistics Management Institute,
Mercator Software, Microsoft, NextPage, NII Enterprise Promotion
Association, Nimble Technology, NIST, Oracle Corporation,
Pick Systems, ProNet Technology, Reuters, Sabre, SAP, Sequoia
Software, SoftQuad, Software AG, STEP, StreamServe, Sun Microsystems,
Synth-Bank, Visa, Wavo, Webb Interactive Services, Whitehill
Technologies, Xerox, XMLSolutions and XyEnterprise.#

For more information:

Carol Geyer
Media Relations Consultant
+1 978.667.5115 x209