CSCMP, University of Arkansas, VICS, and GS1 US to Host Fifth Annual RFID Forum

CSCMP125Lombard, Illinois USA (August 8, 2012)–The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), in collaboration with the RFID Research Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas, the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association, and GS1 US, announced that the fifth annual RFID Forum will be held September 11-12, 2012 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The forum is open to all interested parties and will feature interactive sessions led by practitioners, academics, and other industry experts.

This year’s event, RFID Forum 2012: Get Ready for the Future Supply Chain, will provide attendees with new ways of forecasting trends, collaborating with global trading partners, and improving inventory management. Participants will explore the potential benefits that EPC-enabled RFID source tagging offers retailers and suppliers, and how those who are taking an active role in the adoption and usage of standards-based technology in their everyday business practices are seeing a boost in sales and customer satisfaction. 

The volume of EPC-enabled RFID tags is on track for a nearly 20-fold increase from 2011 to 2015 when 40 billion tags will be used. In 2011, the apparel industry alone used more than one billion tags.

“The RFID Forum will be of interest to any supply chain professional,” said Rick Blasgen, president and chief executive officer of CSCMP. “We will be showcasing the latest trends and developments in RFID, and how the technology benefits those companies that embrace it. Attendees will also have an opportunity to share their experiences with RFID and get both suppliers’ and users’ perspectives.”

The state of retail technology will be the focus of the keynote address, followed by an update on the VICS Item-Level RFID Initiative (VILRI). Educational sessions include A European Market Perspective on RFID in Fashion Apparel; In-Store Data Capture; Legislation, Customs, and Regulatory Compliance in the EPC Supply Chain; and Supplier Value-Added RFID Concepts. The forum will conclude with a panel discussion on New EPC Implementations beyond Apparel. Featured speakers include industry experts from Auburn University and the University of Arkansas, and companies such as Avery Denison, Checkpoint, Goodyear, Interstate Battery, and Motorola.

In addition to the educational programming, forum attendees will have the opportunity to tour the University of Arkansas’ new RFID Research Center lab, a 20,000 square-foot facility, and view the latest industry developments.

“We’re extremely excited about our new space and expanded facility,” said Justin Patton, managing director of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas. “Aligning the grand reopening of our lab with the RFID Forum will provide significant value to attendees as the interest in item-level RFID from suppliers and retailers has recently skyrocketed. Practitioners are rediscovering the numerous benefits that this technology offers their organizations.”

The cost of the event is $450.00 US. CSCMP and VICS’ members pay $350.00 US. Registration is available at

For more information about the RFID Forum, contact Heather Morys at or +1 630.645.3454. Additional information is also available at

About CSCMP  

Founded in 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the leading worldwide professional association dedicated to education, research, and the advancement of the supply chain management profession. With more than 9,000 members globally, representing business, government, and academia from 63 countries, CSCMP members are the leading practitioners and authorities in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.

About the University of Arkansas RFID Research Center

The RFID Research Center is the premiere academic RFID research center focusing on business case and business value of RF and other identification technologies. The center has been at the forefront of retail research in RFID since 2005, and has published seminal research on the business value of RFID with Walmart, Dillard’s, JC Penney, Bloomingdale’s, and others. In addition, the center performs research focusing on defense, agriculture, aerospace, and asset tracking.

About VICS

The Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association has enabled companies in the retail and consumer-focused industries to eliminate billions of dollars of waste and delay. By creating voluntary guidelines, often referred to as “standards,” VICS created new best practices that ultimately lead to lower costs and better availability of products for consumers. VICS’ volunteer members improve the flow of products and information throughout retailing and the consumer-focused industries that supply retail.

About GS1 US

GS1 is an international not-for-profit association with Member Organizations in over 100 countries. GS1 is dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve the efficiency and visibility of supply and demand chains globally and across sectors. The GS1 system of standards is the most widely used supply chain standards system in the world.

For more information, contact:


Madeleine Miller-Holodnicki, ABC

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

333 East Butterfield Road, Suite 140

Lombard, Illinois 60148-5617 USA

SOURCE: Submitted by CSCMP

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