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Associated Wholesaler’s Inc. Standardizes on GXS Trading GridSM

GXS Helps Leading Food Distributor and its Trading Partners Streamline Supply Chain
February 8, 2005 – GXS, a leading provider of B2B e-commerce solutions, today announced that food distributor Associated Wholesaler’s, Inc. (AWI) has chosen the GXS Trading GridSM as its standard platform for managing and sharing supply-chain information with its trading partners. AWI is a $1 billion retailer-owned cooperative that supplies meat, dairy products, produce, bakery products, canned goods, and health and beauty-care items to independent grocers in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and the New England states. AWI also owns and operates nine of its own supermarkets.

AWI selected GXS Trading Grid as its single B2B integration platform because it uniquely combines messaging, data synchronization, and business process visibility, enabling AWI to streamline supply-chain operations and reduce the cost of operating a complex distribution business. AWI will leverage the Trading Grid visibility application GXS Order Life Cycle Visibility to monitor the status of purchase orders with its suppliers as well as enabling shipment tracking.

“Companies like AWI are realizing that B2B integration is complex and that they need a platform that intelligently leverages the data moving between them and their trading partners,” said Bobby Patrick, GXS senior vice president of marketing. “The Trading Grid provides such a platform to allow customers to reach their goal of more effective supply chain integration.”

“The GXS Trading Grid offers a complete range of solutions that provide credible, pre-built processes for data transformation, product information validation and notification services that allow for successful B2B integration,” said Shawn Willett, Current Analysis’ principal analyst for application infrastructure. “Today’s global trading communities need a B2B infrastructure to connect electronically with their trading partners at a complex level as industry standards continue to evolve and trading processes increase in sophistication.”

About Associate Wholesaler’s, Inc.
Associated Wholesaler’s, Inc. (AWI) is a cooperative food distributor organized to provide flexible distribution and retail services that promote the growth and profitability of its member retailers. Our flexible distribution programs give us the ability to service convenience stores, supermarkets and superettes with grocery, dairy, meat, produce, general merchandise and frozen food products. Our retailer services include insurance programs, computer systems, including hardware and software, store development, merchandising, advertising, customer service, retail accounting, store equipment and store counseling. These services are fee based and offered through the cooperative on a not-for-profit basis, giving our members the highest quality of services available to a chain at the lowest possible cost. For more information, please visit the company’s Web site at
About Global eXchange Services
GXS (Global eXchange Services) is a leading worldwide provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collaboration. Organizations worldwide, including over half of the Fortune 500, leverage the GXS Trading GridSM to achieve the perfect balance of supply and demand. Active in the global standards arena, GXS solutions enable customers both large and small, to connect with global partners, synchronize product information, optimize inventory levels and demand forecasts, and accelerate the execution of supply chains.

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS provides sales and support to businesses and their partners worldwide. For more information visit our Web site at

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This document includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global political, economic, business, competitive, market and regulatory factors. These factors include technological developments, customer demand, trading partner participation and network availability. 

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