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D&B and ARI Introduce Standard ID Number for Electronic Commerce

Magazine article Information Today

D&B and ARI Introduce Standard ID Number for Electronic Commerce

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Dun & Bradstreet Information Services (D&B) and ARI Network Services, Inc. have announced that they have developed and will begin marketing immediately a standard electronic commerce identification number that will allow companies to precisely identify each business location involved in an electronic commerce transaction.

The identification number, called the EC-ID, will be based on D&B's D-U-N-S Number, a nine-digit ID code that D&B assigns to each business establishment in its worldwide database of more than 40 million businesses. ARI, which develops and operates electronic commerce directories for several industries, including agrichemicals and freight transportation, will generate the EC-ID by enhancing the D-U-N-S Number with a two-digit electronic data interchange (EDI). code and a four-digit suffix identifying a business location within a company.

The resulting 15-digit EC-ID is assigned to each business location of a company in afl industry or a community of trading partners in that industry. The collection of trading partners with an EC-ID is maintained by ARI in an online or Internet-accessible database or electronic commerce directory. Trading partners use the electronic commerce directories to identify and confirm the precise location to which they are referring in their electronic commerce documents.

"To do business electronically, all companies in key industries will need online access to a common industry database of trading partners with a standard identification system" said Frank Fitzsimmons, vice president of electronic commerce at D&B. …

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