GlobalNetXchange (GNX) and the WorldWide Retail Exchange (WWRE), two of the largest business-to-business exchanges, are merging and will be called by a new name that was still to be determined as of press time. The exchanges have more than 8,000 retailer and manufacturer members between them. In the apparel space, major U.S. retailers using the exchanges for procurement include Sears and Federated. JCPenney and Target have been WWRE members, but were not mentioned in the merger press release. The combined exchanges report they will: consolidate operations and rationalize their solution portfolio to lower the price and the cost of delivering their solutions to encourage wider adoption across the retail industry; continue to offer sourcing, supply chain collaboration, supplier performance management and private label product development tools; enable retailers to operate on a single service platform for global data synchronization (GSD), based on GS1 standards, interoperable with the Global Registry and compatible for EPC/RFID; and work to drive collaborative standards and create a unified forum for the retail industry worldwide.
415-399-0990 (GNX)/703-234-5100 (WWRE) www.gnx.com/www.wwre.org
Great Notions has released the Floral III design pack, featuring 30 new designs. The pack includes floral outline designs as well as floral detail designs. Pansies, roses and artistic floral patterns are including in the pack, which is available for $150 for non-members and $50 for 30 Pack Club members.
Paxar Corp . has issued the MonarchSmart Label Performance Guarantee. The program offers users of Monarch Class 1 RFID Labels and Tags that are encoded with the Monarch 9855 RFID printer/encoder and users of Monarch's Q-Service for RFID a 110 percent money-back guarantee for any labels that prove to be unreadable.
SourceGO, a provider of Internet tools to facilitate sourcing from Chinese suppliers of textiles, apparel and home furnishings, entered into an agreement with the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). The AAFA will promote the SourceGO On-Demand desktop sourcing services to its members for both selling and sourcing products and services with factories in China and worldwide. SourceGO is offered in cooperation with the China Network Textile Co. Ltd., a division of the China National Textile & Apparel Council. AAFA members will receive special access and subscription considerations for SourceGO services, and AAFA supplier members' products will be searchable by factories in China free of charge.
410-939-7135 (SourceGO)/703-797-9055 (AAFA) www.sourcego.com