September 25, 2005 12:00 ET

Dairy Farm Group Company Registers with GS1 Global Registry via WorldWide Retail Exchange; Wellcome Hong Kong to be inaugural subscriber in Asia-Pacific

ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(CCNMatthews - Sep 25, 2005) -

Dairy Farm Group and the WorldWide Retail Exchange (WWRE) announced today that Wellcome Supermarkets in Hong Kong, a Dairy Farm Group subsidiary, has successfully registered as the first subscriber to the GS1 Global Registry of the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) in the Asia-Pacific region. A pilot program was initiated by Wellcome Supermarkets in 2004 to utilize standards-based interoperability between data pools and the GS1 Global Registry, and to explore business process changes and advantages that data synchronization enabled.

"We embarked upon this program with WWRE last year to leverage their understanding and experience in global data synchronization, as it applies to us in this region and globally. They have helped us greatly in establishing a solid pathway for achieving our stated objectives," said John Shelton, North Asia regional IT Director for the Dairy Farm Group. "WWRE's work and knowledge capital created in the region over the last three years will serve as an excellent springboard for industry participants to realize the benefits of GDSN."

The participants for the Wellcome project include:

-- Data Recipient: Wellcome

-- Recipient Data Pool: Worldwide Retail Exchange (WWRE)

-- Global Registry: GS1 Global Registry

-- Source Data Pool: GS1 Hong Kong / Global Exchange Services (GXS)

-- Data Source: Procter and Gamble (P&G)

-- Technology Partner: Center for E-Commerce Infrastructure Development (CECID), the University of Hong Kong

-- Standards Advisor: GS1 Hong Kong

"Earlier this year we delivered the first retailer subscriber to the Global Registry outside North America. Wellcome represents the first subscriber to the registry in Asia-Pacific," said Nihat Arkan, Senior Vice President Europe/Asia for WWRE. "WWRE is committed to assisting all of our regional members in achieving the benefits of GDSN, through our solutions platform and global experience."

Wellcome selected WWRE's WorldSync Data Exchange (DX) solution to gain the single-point access into the GDSN and to enable connectivity to internal systems. Upon successful completion of this project, there are plans to expand the infrastructure to other Dairy Farm Group companies.

GS1 Hong Kong plans to demonstrate the accomplishments of this project along with its Country Data Pool solution at the ECR Asia 2005 Conference in Hong Kong from September 26 to 29.

About WWRE

The WWRE is the premier Internet-based business-to-business exchange for retailers and suppliers. Designed to facilitate and simplify trading between retailers, suppliers, partners and distributors, the WWRE currently consists of over 200 members from Asia, Europe, North America and South America. To date, the WWRE has saved its members over $2 billion through the use its solutions. For more information, visit the website at www.wwre.org or www.worldwideretailexchange.org

About Wellcome Supermarkets

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Dairy Farm International Holdings Limited, Wellcome Supermarkets is based in Hong Kong and operates 242 stores. Wellcome, with its consistent focus on fresh foods, low prices, friendly customer service and conducive store environment, turned in a strong performance in 2004. Wellcome's ability to deliver "freshness" as a competitive edge is largely due to the chain's Fresh Food Processing Centre that handles 2,000 different products and has the capacity for two daily deliveries to all 242 stores. For more information, visit the website at www.dairyfarmgroup.com.

Contact Information

  • WorldWide Retail Exchange
    Rebecca Filbey, 202-223-4933
    email: sci@wwre.org