A meeting of the Global Electronic DataInterchange (GEDI) Standards Maintenance Committee (SMC) took place in July 1997, inChicago. It was attended by Robert Buchanan of United Distillers, who is the Chairpersonof the International Commerce Working Group of the Alcohol Beverage Industry (ABI) EDIGroup; and by Susan Hilaski, ABI EDI Group Co-ordinator. The committee's aim is toincorporate ABI's business requirements with the GEDI Guidelines Book. Severalinternational messages were reviewed, and were successfully incorporated into the book.