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BY CSA STAFF

SUPPLY CHAIN CONFERENCE

Chain Store Age and ChainLink Research of Cambridge, Mass., are hosting a Supply Chain Summit June 25-27 at the Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, Calif. Designed for senior-level decision makers, sessions and roundtables will feature best practices implemented in retail supply chains to achieve superior results. At the Supply Chain Summit, ChainLink Research will unveil its landmark research project on the tangible benefits of RFID in retail including how to reduce costs and recognize multi-tier data sharing to enhance trust and reliability. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the Web site www.csasupplychainsummit.com.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Atlanta-based Infor introduced a real-time, Web-based solution that reinforces supply-chain security by identifying parties subject to government regulations, speeding the delivery of imports through U.S. borders. The screening tool automatically updates daily changes to government lists that identify parties restricted from engaging in international trade. The solution notifies users of possible supplier issues, provides a complete audit and history of shipment screening and enables the batch screening of customer lists, employees, suppliers and vendors.

ACQUISITIONS

GXS of Gaithersburg, Md., acquired UDEX, aU.K.-based provider of product data quality service. The acquisition builds on GXS’ offerings in data synchronization, enabling the company to validate the accuracy of product and packaging data exchanged between trading partners… Sterling Commerce, asubsidiary of AT&T based in Dublin, Ohio, acquired Redwood City, Calif.-based Comergent Technologies. Sterling Commerce plans to incorporate Comergent’s eBusiness solution to provide a unified, end-to-end order-fulfillment solution across the extended supply chain.

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Ahold U.S. to Accept Bids on Foodservice Unit

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Columbia, Md., Royal Ahold is expected to start accepting bids on its U.S. foodservice division, which has been plagued by financial woes in recent years, in early 2007. Among the companies expected to show an interest in the division are Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. and Clayton, Dubilier & Rice.

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Nine West Opens International Flagships

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New York, Nine West Group, a division of Jones Apparel Group, opened flagship locations this December in Tokyo, Moscow and Vietnam as part of a global expansion initiative that began in early 2006. The new stores marked the debut of the company’s updated store format, which is designed to strengthen the brand’s fashion presence in footwear, accessories and handbags.

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