Macy’s Among Early Adopters Of GS1’s EPC Readiness Program

Apparel retailers including Macy’s and VF Jeanswear, as well as manufacturers and distributors, are using a new Readiness Program from GS1 US for large-scale implementations of radio frequency identification (RFID) systems for inventory management.

The roll-outs employ Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards from GS1, an information standards organization. EPC enables companies to share data on items as they move through the supply chain, from source to store. The new GS1 US EPC Item Level Readiness Program offers education, training, tools and community facilitation needed to support industry-wide adoption and use of the technology and standards.

“EPC-enabled RFID is a rewarding undertaking but it’s complex, and the GS1 US


EPC Item Level Readiness Program has helped us get further in our implementation than we would have been otherwise,” said Bill Connell, SVP, Macy’s Logistics and Operations. “We and our suppliers are moving very quickly on this to better serve our customers, and it’s critical to have the kind of independent, unbiased support that the program offers.”

“We needed a quick solution that would enable us to tag millions of items

every year,” said Jay Craft, VP, Product Development, VF Jeanswear. “The Item Level Readiness Program provides peace of mind that we’ll reach our goal.”

Companies can learn more about the GS1 US EPC Item Level Readiness

, or can request information via email at

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