GS1 US Item Level RFID Updates


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Oct. 10, 2014
Why You Need to Get Up to Speed on RFID Right Now
The key to omni-channel retailing—accurate, up-to-date inventory data and real-time visibility into that data—are absolutely essential to ensuring that you have the right product for sale at the right place at the right time. Industry leaders agree that RFID is a foundational component of an omni-channel retail strategy, which provides customers with a seamless shopping experience across all shopping channels.
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Oct. 9, 2014
Predictive Analytics and the Agile Supply Chain
Instead of simply analyzing sales, predictive analytics provide retailers with a glimpse into the future and an opportunity to identify patterns that lead to effective and highly personalized customer engagement strategies.
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Sept. 26, 2014
Apparel and General Merchandise—Commonly Asked RFID Questions: Dispelling the Myths
The retail sector began strategically deploying item-level RFID in late 2008. Since that time, there have been misunderstandings about the technology, its use-case feasibility and its ROI benefits. This brief sets the record straight on RFID—providing definitive answers to the industry's most common questions about what RFID is and what it can do.
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Aug. 5, 2014
EPC Tag Placement Guidelines
This updated GS1 US Format and Symbol Placement EPC Guideline outlines the implementation details on the format and symbol placement of the Electronic Product Code (EPC®). The GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Item Level RFID Working Group is providing these guidelines for the implementation of the EPC as a service to the industry. This document is designed to be used by suppliers, retailers, technology providers and service providers.
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Aug. 4, 2014
Levi Strauss & Co.: Pockets of Opportunity With GS1 EPC-Enabled RFID
Levi Strauss needed more reliable and precise control of its inventory, in order to increase the effciency of its processes, as well as its profitability. Therefore, the firm introduced GS1's EPC-enabled radio frequency identifcation technology into its operations.
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July 22, 2014
The Rainmakers: 2014
Success isn't just about fame and fortune. It's also about making a contribution to the logistics field and advancing the profession. Among DC Velociry's picks this year was Joseph Andraski, the former head of Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS).
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July 21, 2014
Job Posting: Grocery Retail Supply Chain Senior Director
The person hired for this position will have the primary responsibility of driving the adoption of GS1 Standards and GS1 US offerings within the grocery retail channel, as well as managing all business-development initiatives and customer relationships, including the acquisition of new customers and the retention and growth of existing customers.
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June 23, 2014
Omni-channel Demand from Customers Forces Retailers to Adopt More Competitive Strategies
Omni-channel retailing, which provides customers with a consistent research, shopping, purchasing and fulfillment experience regardless of channel, lies at the heart of many retailer transformation efforts. Additionally, mobile shopping, same-day delivery, and growing volumes of data from online channels are forcing retailers to a tipping point to remain competitive and better respond to evolving customer needs and preferences.
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June 20, 2014
Cindy Dipietrantonio Wins Milliken Achievement Award, Reflects on RFID's Role in Retail
DiPietrantonio, Jones Group's former COO, was honored with the prestigious 2014 GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Roger Milliken Achievement Award, recognizing her more than 30 years of contributions to the apparel and footwear industry.
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June 18, 2014
Item-level Idealist
Joseph Andraski saw the value of RFID in retail and worked energetically to promote its adoption.
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May 30, 2014
Omnichannel in Action: Driving Visibility and Efficiency Through Item Level RFID
Compared to just a year ago, the retail industry now has a resounding consensus about omnichannel—it is no longer just a trend; it represents the future of retail. However, explains GS1 US' Melanie Nuce, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the back end to ready retailers for the demands of the consumer.
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May 20, 2014
What Online Merchants Should Know About Unique Product Identifiers
EcommerceBytes interviewed Bernie Hogan, GS1 US' senior VP of emerging capabilities and industries, to learn what online sellers should know about UPC codes when listing products online.
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Apr. 14, 2014
Anti-Counterfeiting: How Inventory Visibility Contributes to Greater Consumer Trust
At the heart of any good anti-counterfeiting plan is inventory visibility, with the adoption and use of EPC RFID technology being one of the critical enablers.
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Apr. 2, 2014
How RFID Can Enable Dynamic Pricing for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers
RFID technology continues to redefine retailing. As online vendors like Amazon aggressively invest in dedicated supply chain infrastructure, brick-and-mortar retailers seek to compete with high levels of inventory accuracy that allow for omnichannel and dynamic pricing business models.
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Mar. 20, 2014
Back-End Standards Support Front-End Omnichannel Success
GS1 US' Melanie Nuce explains why retail supply chain operations that embrace, not ignore, customer centricity should pay attention to four key strategies.
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Feb. 19, 2014
10 Ways to Deliver on the Omnichannel Promise
While 79 percent of retailers expect sales growth to be better in 2014, a whopping 94 percent have not fully executed an omnichannel strategy, according to SPS Commerce. Melanie F. Nuce, writing for the Retail TouchPoints Blog, outlines why it is time to consider what steps will propel you into the future of retailing.
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Feb. 18, 2014
The Foundation of Omnichannel Excellence
Melanie F. Nuce, in an article for RetailingToday.com, explains why retailers need to focus on their omnichannel strategy and strengthen their capabilities in order to deliver desired products into the hands of customers wherever they are—or risk losing sales.
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Jan. 30, 2014
GS1 US Selects Executive Change Agents to Keynote GS1 Connect 2014
Three keynote speakers will headline the GS1 Connect 2014 conference program, themed "Reinventing Business." Terry Jones, the founder of Travelocity.com and chairman of Kayak.com; Alexis Maybank, the founder of Gilt Groupe; and Hilary Mason, a data scientist in residence at Accel, former scientist emeritus at bitly, and co-founder of HackNY, will each share how their approach to innovation has driven positive change for many businesses and industries. The conference will be hosted by GS1 US at the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina and the San Diego Convention Center on June 8-12, 2014.
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Jan. 28, 2014
GS1 US Releases Data Hub to Help Retailers Decode RFID Tags, Bar-Code Labels
With the GS1 Data Hub, retailers or other users could input a Global Trade Item Number or a company prefix and identify which product supplier provided that item, as well as help verify the accuracy and authenticity of a tag or label, and the related merchandise.
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Jan. 24, 2014
The Proliferation of Technology Is Expanding Omnichannel Further
GS1 US sponsored a panel discussion at Retail's Big Show, titled "Achieving Omnichannel Success With Standards-based Supply Chain Practices," moderated by Bob Carpenter, GS1 US' president and CEO, and featuring panelists Mike Molitar, Kohl's senior VP of e-commerce, Peter Longo, Macy's president of logistics and standards, and Dan Smith, the CIO of Hudson's Bay Trading Co.
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Jan. 23, 2014
Mapping Your Journey to Omnichannel Adoption
Melanie Nuce, GS1 US' VP of apparel and general merchandise, breaks down the journey toward omnichannel success for those retailers still working to connect the dots between traditional brick-and-mortar processes and e-commerce integration.
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Dec. 5, 2013
'Tis the Season of Retail
Companies need to prepare their supply chain for the year's ultimate shopping craze, through careful planning, as well as maximizing visibility and flexibility. According to Melanie Nuce, GS1 US' VP of apparel and general merchandise, the earlier you begin to plan your holiday sales season, the smoother it generally goes.
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Dec. 3, 2013
Extended Product Attribute Guidelines Introduced for Retail Industry E-commerce
New implementation guidelines for leveraging GS1 standards in apparel and general merchandise e-commerce have been released by GS1 US. The Voluntary Guidelines for Exchanging Extended Attributes for eCommerce were developed in collaboration with more than 15 retailers, vendors and solution providers participating in the GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative.
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Nov. 9, 2013
GS1 Ratifies EPC Gen2v2, Adds Security Features, More Memory
The new version of the EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID standard provides such features as security, anti-counterfeiting cryptography, EAS functionality and privacy settings for consumers.
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Nov. 7, 2013
University of Melbourne Researchers Study Effect of GS1 Standards on Supply Chain Integration, Efficiency
New findings from a study in Australia show that the adoption of a number of technologies based on GS1 standards can lead to more integrated and efficient supply chains.
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Aug. 16, 2013
A New EPC on the Block
GS1 has developed an RFID standard for identifying automotive components and parts.
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July 31, 2013
Prepare for the Future With GS1 US' EPC Item-Level Readiness Program
This program provides the education, training, tools and community support that the apparel industry needs to implement Electronic Product Code item-level tagging in day-to-day operations.
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July 10, 2013
The Future of Standards in the Apparel Industry
A new study, based on in-depth interviews with more than 20 consumer goods and retail companies conducted by Capgemini Consulting in partnership with GS1 and the Consumer Goods Forum, has found that if standards are extended more broadly within the retail. industry's ecosystem, there is the potential for greater savings. The study, "The Future of Standards in the Consumer Goods & Retail Industry," notes that the future of standards is about focusing on a back-to-basics approach while selectively advancing into new territory, such as RFID.
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July 1, 2013
GS1 Updates Privacy Guidelines for EPC Technology
Retailers deploying item-level applications should read and follow the guidelines.
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June 17, 2013
Dillard's, Macy's, J. Reneé and Motorola Honored with GS1 US
Apparel & General Merchandise Awards at GS1 Connect 2013

The awards, which recognize supply chain performance in the retail and apparel industries, were presented in three categories: retail excellence, brand excellence and provider excellence.
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Apr. 24, 2013
GS1 US Apparel, General Merchandise Initiative:
Item Level RFID Initiative Workgroup Meeting at GS1 Connect

Join GS1 US for the Item Level RFID Initiative Workgroup Meeting, co-located at GS1 Connect. Take advantage of the opportunity to work directly with your peers to address the adoption and use of GS1 standards in the apparel industry.
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Apr. 18, 2013
Two Supply Chain Veterans Join the GS1 US Industry-Engagement Team
Melanie Nuce and Michael Pheney will lead the Apparel & General Merchandise and Healthcare Industry Initiatives, respectively.
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Apr. 18, 2013
Nominations Open for the 2013 GS1 US Apparel & General Merchandise Awards
The awards, recognizing supply chain excellence, will be presented at the GS1 Connect 2013 conference.
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Mar. 18, 2013
Finalists Unveiled for Seventh Annual RFID Journal Awards
The winners for Best RFID Implementation, Most Innovative Use of RFID, Best Use of RFID to Enhance a Product or Service, Best in Show, Special Achievement and the RFID Green Award will be revealed at RFID Journal LIVE! 2013. Among this year's finalists is Joseph Andraski, VICS' former president and CEO.
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Mar. 1, 2013
Retailers: Item-Level RFID Is the Key to Omni-Channel Retailing
This guest blog post by Patrick Javick examines the increased focus that retailers are placing on RFID as they pursue omni-channel retailing strategies.
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Feb. 27, 2013
GS1 US Item Level RFID Initiative Newsletter: February 2013
View the latest updates from the Item Level RFID Initiative.
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Feb. 25, 2013
Industry Leaders See Item Level RFID as Key
to Successful Omnichannel Retailing

From the manufacturing facility to the sales floor, brands and retailers are using Electronic Product Code (EPC)-enabled, item-level RFID to develop more efficient business processes and deliver a better experience for the end customer. While inventory accuracy and cycle counts continue to be the biggest factors driving adoption, the impact of RFID on omnichannel retailing is beginning to take center stage.
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Feb. 19, 2013
GS1 US Continues the Work of VICS
The Item Level RFID Initiative takes steps to advance adoption by retailers and supply chain partners.
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Jan. 23, 2013
GS1 US Item Level RFID Initiative Newsletter: January 2013
View the latest updates from the Item Level RFID Initiative.
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Dec. 18, 2012
The GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative
The integrated structure, created following the merger of GS1 US and VICS, is modeled after other initiatives within GS1 US' organization.
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Oct. 3, 2012
The RFID Industry Owes a Big Thanks to Joe Andraski
VICS' president and CEO is leaving the organization, but his leadership has helped to boost RFID's adoption among retailers.
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Oct. 3, 2012
VICS Announces Departure of Joseph C. Andraski
The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association has announced that Joe Andraski, VICS' president and CEO, has left the organization to pursue other professional opportunities.
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Sept. 10, 2012
GS1 and VICS to Merge
The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association will become part of the bar-code and RFID standards body.
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Sept. 10, 2012
GS1 US and Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association to Merge
The two supply chain standards organizations, which serve multiple industry sectors, have signed a memorandum of understanding to combine their operations.
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Aug. 8, 2012
Joe's Corner: Item-Level RFID Is the Future of Retailing
The technology supporting item-level tracking is sound and continuously improving.
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July 16, 2012
Joe's Corner: The Game Has Changed
Only agents of change will survive as the industry grows.
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July 9, 2012
Retail Is Making Item-Level RFID Real
VILRI's Joe Andraski and Ron Margulis discuss with Material Handling & Logistics magazine why item-level radio frequency identification is saving retailers the time, labor and mistakes associated with performing physical inventories, and how the technology can help to increase sales.
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June 18, 2012
Joe's Corner: EPC-enabled RFID Technology Works
The RFID World Asia 2012 conference showed the value of item-level radio frequency identification.
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June 12, 2012
HP, Kimberly-Clark, Lord & Taylor, Lowe's, Macy's, Ralph Lauren,
Robert Bosch Tool, Schneider National and Tyco Honored at 15th
VICS Achievement Awards

The winners were announced at the VICS/U Connect annual conference, held at the Aria Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. In addition, Best Buy’s John Thompson received the Roger Milliken Lifetime Achievement Award.
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May 18, 2012
VILRI Introduces New Blog: Joe's Corner
Joe Andraski is the president and CEO of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association. His blog, Joe's Corner, will discuss the various issues facing the retail apparel industry and how it can benefit from tagging at the item level.
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May 5, 2012
How Hudson's Bay Co. Boosts Sales and Lowers Costs With Item-level RFID
At the NRF Global Supply Chain Summit, Dan Smith, Hudson's Bay's CIO, will partner with Joe Andraski, president and CEO of VICS Association, to present how retailers are improving inventory accuracy and increasing sales by deploying item-level RFID.
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Apr. 13, 2012
VICS Unveils New RFID Guidelines for Retailers, Suppliers
Suppliers, retailers and solutions providers seeking help regarding efficient identification, serialization and placement of EPC-enabled RFID tags should benefit from new guidelines announced by VICS' Board of Directors.
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Apr. 9, 2012
What’s Wrong With ROI?
Questions regarding a technology's return on investment are among the biggest challenges facing innovation and economic growth, according to two MIT professors and the CEO of the industry association leading the charge to bring RFID into retail.
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Apr. 9, 2012
New RFID Guidelines Unveiled by VICS Board
Suppliers, retailers and solution providers seeking help on efficient identification, serialization and placement of Electronic Product Code (EPC)-enabled RFID tags should benefit from new guidelines announced by the board of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association.
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Apr. 5, 2012
New RFID Guidelines for Retailers and Suppliers Unveiled by VICS Board
The organization has released its roadmap for item-level RFID tag placement, tag performance and EPC-enabled tag serialization.
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Mar. 29, 2012
VICS Item Level RFID Initiative Leads Charge to Retailing’s Future
According to Joe Andraski, the case for action regarding item-level RFID has been made, and now it's about adoption and implementation.
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Feb. 31, 2012
The Voice of VICS: February 2012
The latest newsletter of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association is now available online.
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Feb. 17, 2012
Clothing Retailers Hang Hopes on Item-Level RFID
In a recent RetailWire poll, one third of respondents said that 51 percent or more of all apparel merchants would be using item-level RFID in the next five years. Half said somewhere between 26 and 50 percent of clothing store operators would be doing the same. A survey conducted by Accenture for VILRI bears out the RetailWire findings.
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Feb. 3, 2012
Is the Tipping Point Really, Truly Here for Item-Level
RFID Tracking in Apparel Retail?

New research has found that for some processes, such as taking store inventory, RFID technology can now drive improvements on several orders of magnitude better than current standard methods.
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Jan. 27, 2012
Survey Shows Half of U.S. Retailers Have Already
Adopted Item-Level RFID

The survey, conducted by Accenture on behalf of the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative, finds that if tag prices continue to drop and adoption momentum remains steady, most retailers will be using RFID technology within five years.
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Jan. 25, 2012
Survey Reveals High Numbers of Retailers Using
RFID to Track Item Sales

According to a new study from the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative, 2012 is predicted to be a tipping-point year for RFID technology. The study, titled “RFID Nears a Tipping Point,” reveals that 80 percent of retailers surveyed are piloting RFID to track item sales within their stores.
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Jan. 25, 2012
RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 to Feature Two New
Item-Level Retail and Apparel Workshops

The tenth annual conference and exhibition will educate attendees on how to deploy RFID to track individual items within the retail and apparel industries. Additionally, visitors will receive an update regarding the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative (VILRI), which is helping to develop standard ways of deploying the technology, as well as best practices.
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Jan. 20, 2012
New White Paper From Accenture and VILRI
Accenture's Mike Gorshe, Mary Rollman and Russ Beverly, in cooperation with the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative, discuss why item-level radio frequency identification is setting many companies in the retail supply chain apart from their competition, in a new white paper titled "Item-Level RFID: A Competitive Differentiator." Chain-wide rollouts by a number of North America's largest clothing retailers, the authors indicate, are a clear sign that this technology will soon be broadly adopted by the industry.
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Jan. 16, 2012
Apparel Retailers Get RFID
RFID Journal's Mark Roberti discusses VILRI's recent meeting and dinner, which revealed that great progress is being made toward the technology's adoption in retail apparel.
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Jan. 16, 2012
Early Adopters Seeing Biggest Gains From Item-Level RFID,
According to Survey From VICS Item Level RFID Initiative

2012 may be a watershed year for RFID technology in the retail sector, according to a new study from VILRI, a group of advocates for the use of EPC-enabled RFID in the retail supply chain. The study suggests that adoption is reaching a tipping point, with 80 percent of surveyed retailers having initiated pilots using RFID to track item sales within their stores.
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