About the Item Level RFID Initiative


ILRI is an inter-industry group of the United States' leading retailers, suppliers, industry associations, academia and solution providers, dedicated to quantifying the benefits of item-level RFID, and to exploring how the technology can improve business processes along the retail value chain.

The organization, which exists under the VICS umbrella, is not-for-profit, and is led by companies that will be end users of the technology, with the support of leading providers of radio frequency identification. Since 2010, ILRI has been sponsoring research and funding trials to determine how EPC RFID technologies can improve efficiencies along the entire retail value chain. Some key findings of our early research and other RFID projects and deployments are listed below.

For more information about the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative, click here.


The Item Level RFID Initiative 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


  • American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
        Maureen Storch, VP of Membership Development
  • GS1 Canada
        Art Smith, President and CEO
  • GS1 US
        Robert Carpenter, President and CEO
  • National Retail Federation (NRF)
        Matt Shay, President and CEO
  • Retail Council of Canada (RCC)
        Bill Yetman, Chief Operating Officer
  • Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
        Sandy Kennedy, President
Association Sponsors
Association Sponsors
Media Sponsors
Media Sponsors