About the Item Level RFID Workgroup


The GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative is an industry group that is committed to defining business challenges and opportunities, and organizing members to explore solutions and create adoption plans. The members of our Initiative represent a broad cross-section of industry trading partners, each of whom has agreed to adopt and implement global GS1 Standards to improve network-wide inventory accuracy and visibility.

For years, GS1 US has collaborated with industry stakeholders to increase the adoption and use of GS1 Standards and standards-based solutions, and to improve business processes using industry-developed guidelines and best practices.

The GS1 US Item Level RFID Workgroup (a targeted GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative Workgroup) provides a forum for peer-to-peer outreach and implementation lesson sharing. Develop guidelines and best practices to support industry adoption of Electronic Product Code (EPC)-enabled radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. Ensure sustainability of investments, demonstrate the ongoing benefits of EPC-enabled RFID across business processes, and reinforce the responsible use of the technology.


The Item Level RFID Workgroup aims to establish a course of action for adoption of EPC-enabled RFID technology throughout the retail supply chain.


We foresee the evolution of global supply chain efficiency through the adoption of item-level EPC-enabled RFID technology, which will foster innovation, improve business processes and enhance consumer experiences.


  • Develop collaborative and measurable value propositions for retailers, suppliers, consumers and other stakeholders
  • Continue to develop business applications and best practices around standards-based RFID that demonstrate the impact of EPC-enabled RFID technology on processes and products within the global supply chain
  • Define a strategy for the phased introduction of item-level RFID technology where appropriate in the global supply chain
  • Publish and promote standards-based guidelines—and a roadmap—to support industry adoption and assurance that RFID-related technology investments will be sustainable
  • Reinforce the importance of the responsible use of the technology in protecting consumer privacy
  • Promote awareness of the benefits of item-level tagging with external and internal audiences—media, consumers, employees and policy makers
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