Harald Neisser, one of the managers of the Ariston-Nord-West-Ring buying group, has been appointed as chairman of a working group that will try to give a new impetus to the German WMS system, which certifies suppliers and retailers who sell children’s shoes in 3 different widths. The system came recently under challenge from an Austrian researcher who is proposing a new foot measuring method, but mostly in terms of foot lengths, not widths. Most of the German suppliers stock to the WSM system, which is thought to represent over 25 percent of all the children’s shoes sold in Germany, with a presence in 1,200 stores. A few stores in Northern Italy, the UK and the USA use it, too. GBB of France and Naturino of Italy made tests with the system but found that it was not worth the investment in additional lasts, mainly because Germany is not their major market.