European Pallet Association (EPAL) and the EPCglobal Network
GS1 in Europe coordinated successfully the EPC/RFID Pilot Program in close collaboration with EPAL, the association behind the “EURO” pallet
The European Pallet Association is facing key challenges related to supply chain efficiency, asset visibility as well as safe and security initiatives which the EPC and RFID technology enables to solve. More specifically, EPAL is looking at possibilities to improve the control of production and repair of EURO pallets, to authenticate individual pallets, to reduce the number of counterfeit pallets, to streamline the administration and information exchange of users in the pool as well as to open new possibilities in the supply chain management.
The objective of the EPAL EPC/RFID Pilot Program was to develop a business plan to clarify the integration of RFID tags in EPAL wooden pallets and specify a corresponding network as well as to reveal the necessary information about the technical and organisational implementation.
The successful completion of the EPAL EPC/RFID Pilot Program triggered the launch a second phase and also pre-roll out of the Program in 2009 involving additional countries and emphasising the finalization of the RFID tag as well as the development of a more detailed concept related to the processes, IT and RFID infrastructure.
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