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EPC for Visibility

EPC standards for RFID hardware, software and networking are being adopted by numerous retail and consumer packaged goods companies, as well as by businesses in other industries that want to monitor goods in open supply chains. This track explains the various standards and how to implement and use them to drive real business value.

April 15, 2010

11:30 AM—Breakout Session
EPC in the Retail Supply Chain—Where We Are Today
As the retail/CPG industry moves toward the ultimate goal of complete supply chain visibility, organizations are already realizing successes from tracking their products with EPC RFID. The ability to simply see one’s product and ensure it’s on the shelf, as well as more accurately manage inventory, has led to more efficient ordering processes, labor cost reductions and increased sales. Industry leaders will discuss the successes they have seen in the retail supply chain, as well as the challenges they face.
Patrick Javick, VP of Industry Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise, GS1 US
Paul Arguin, Conair/USA ID Director of Engineering and Technology, CONAIR/USA ID
Tom Feuerborn, Information Technology Senior Manager, JC Penney Company, Inc.
Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean and Wells Fargo Professor, College of Business, Auburn University
Achieving Real Business Value From RFID—Why You Should Act Now
      Sponsored by: NXP, OmniID and Zebra Technologies
Real-Time Visibility in Aerospace Manufacturing
      Sponsored by: RFID Global Solution
Increasing ROI and Value by Leveraging Breakthroughs in UHF Technology
      Sponsored by: SAIC
Building the Lean Enterprise
      Sponsored by: Xterprise
Improve Business Processes With High-Memory Passive Worldwide RFID Chips and Tags
      Sponsored by: Marubeni Chemix Corp.
Streamlining IT Asset Management With RFID
      Sponsored by: Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP)
3:00 PM—Breakout Session
EPC-Enabled RFID—It's Not Just for Retail Supply Chain
While the Electronic Product Code (EPC) originated in the retail supply chain, its value proposition of true visibility has expanded into other industries as well, for use within "four-walls" applications. In this panel discussion, hear from organizations in various industries that are using EPC-enabled RFID in their supply chains, in order to gain more accurate views of product quantities and locations, achieve faster auditing of valuable assets and more.
Grant Hunter, VP, Product and Solutions, EPC RFID, GS1 US
Sue Hutchinson, Director, Portfolio Strategy , GS1 US
3:50 PM—Breakout Session
Why RFID Alone Does Not Equal Visibility
RFID, by itself, does not provide visibility. To achieve that, a company must be able to uniquely identify, track and share data about the movement and location of goods, and have the information understood by everyone along the supply chain. EPC provides a standardized common language that is accepted and understood across industries and around the globe. Learn how EPC standards deliver greater visibility of information that leads to more informed decision-making.
Grant Hunter, VP, Product and Solutions, EPC RFID, GS1 US

April 16, 2010

12:00 PM—Breakout Session
The Value of Visibility
There is a great deal of talk about achieving supply chain visibility—that is, the ability to see the location of your products (and know their state) as they move from point to point in near-real time. Being able to see the location of your products and assets is great, but how does that translate to business value? The focus of this session is on how visibility into the location of your inventory, assets, vehicles—as well as your processes and workflow—can improve your business’ bottom line.
Bob Celeste, Pharmaceutical Sector Lead, GS1 US
2:00 PM—Breakout Session
Using EPCIS Data Sharing for Full Supply Chain Visibility
EPC Information Services (EPCIS) is a set of networking and data-sharing standards that offer companies the ability to share information not just about serial numbers read from RFID tags, but also the context of those reads. In this session, learn how EPCIS data can be utilized to help realize benefits from RFID in the supply chain for a wide range of industries. Hear how EPCIS goes beyond just identifying and tracking assets, and turns that visibility into action.
Ken Traub, PhD., Consultant, Standards Strategy, GS1 EPCglobal US
2:50 PM—Breakout Session
Getting Ready for Visibility
Industry mandates and government traceability initiatives for safer food, pharmaceuticals, hospitals, customs and other areas are driving the need for visible supply chains through EPC RFID. How do you prepare to meet these inevitable requirements while delivering additional value for your own organization? This session will walk you through an adoption roadmap, outlining how your organization can best prepare to incorporate EPC RFID technology from both technical and operational perspectives.
Sue Hutchinson, Director, Portfolio Strategy , GS1 US
Michele Southall, Director, Implementation Support, GS1 US

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