|GS1 UK, together with BT Auto-ID, is seeking innovative and leading organisations to participate in the GS1 UK Electronic Product Code Information Service (EPCIS) pilot, a major new supply chain project. The project aims to prove the concept of exchanging RFID-sourced data between trading partners and the quantifiable benefits that this brings |
The pilot is based around the new GS1 UK Electronic Product Code Information Service (EPCIS) pilot which is being developed to allow for the seamless and secure management and exchange of supply chain data at any point in the lifecycle of goods as they progress through the supply chain. This includes container tracking, product authentication, promotions management, baggage tracking, electronic proof of delivery, chain of custody, returns management, operations management and many other applications.
The GS1 UK EPCIS pilot service can be used by organisations to track the progress of goods as they move through the supply chain. Data such as what, when, where and why can be captured and exchanged during any event in the supply chain allowing trading partners to exchange real-time progress information about their products. The service complies with the EPCIS standard, which is already being used today in a major trial being undertaken in the Far East involving the management of sea containers between Hong Kong and Japan and China and the USA. Another important pilot is being undertaken by Unilever who are using EPCIS to focus on promotions and the impact they have on sales.
GS1 UK EPCIS will provide clear benefits for businesses by improving their supply chain efficiency and saving money by managing and exchanging data at a far more detailed level than ever before. These benefits can lead to reduced out-of-stocks, improved handling of promotions, counterfeit detection, location tracking, reduced shrinkage and electronic proof-of-delivery.
As part of the pilot, GS1 UK and BT Auto-ID will provide the service at no charge. Trading partners participating in the pilot will be able to exchange RFID-sourced data within and between their organisations. They will be among the first organisations worldwide to prove the value of a fundamental element of the business case for RFID.
Organisations aiming to improve their supply chain efficiency, security and visibility can take advantage of the GS1 UK EPCIS service by participating in the pilot today. Call Mark Gillott at GS1 UK on +44(0)20 7092 3522 or email email@example.com to get started.