GS1 US EPC Item Level Readiness Program

Improve your business relationships, leverage existing investments and serve your customers better

Today’s tech-savvy consumer doesn’t distinguish between online and brick-and-mortar shopping—to her shopping needs to be flexible, seamless, always-on and always-open. She wants to research and purchase products across all channels with ease and accuracy. Streamlining her digital path-to-purchase and delivering a smooth experience is no longer optional. As a result, retailers and brands are looking for new ways to help them forecast trends more accurately, collaborate with global trading partners more efficiently, and improve inventory management. To help them accomplish these goals, many have turned to Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled item level Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

Item level tagging delivers true inventory visibility from source-to-store—enabling 95% tracking accuracy* for every piece of merchandise, in every retail stock location. With this level of inventory intelligence retailers and brands can respond quickly to optimize inventory location to maximize sales and provide the best consumer shopping experience.

The GS1 US EPC Item Level Readiness Program provides the education, training, tools, and community support that the apparel and general merchandise industries need to implement EPC-enabled item level RFID tagging in day-to-day operations. With three levels of engagement—from basic online educational resources, to a premium readiness training, to tailored/customized support—our program can help your organization better serve your customers. (Download our informational flyer)

Basic Online Education
Check out our free on-demand and live webinars and workshops, market research and implementation success stories, and peruse our informative tools, resources and educational learnings.

The Premium Readiness Program
The premium GS1 US EPC Item Level Readiness program includes education, user tools and community forums. This a self-directed online program supports the implementation of technology and GS1 Standards to improve business process challenges and overall supply chain efficiency. It is a nine-step, self-paced interactive deployment tool. For $2,500/year, your company can access an implementation checklist as well as resources that provide guidance on how to:
  • Build a business case and project team
  • Tag your products
  • Define and purchase equipment/services
  • Move from using U.P.C. to EPC-enabled RFID
  • Develop and manage your serialization plan / assignment strategies
  • Develop controls to support consumer privacy best practices
  • Gain additional business value from EPC data
  • Leverage EPC-enabled RFID to address other business challenges

Check out our free How to Use the EPC Adoption Roadmap Guide for a quick overview of this online tool and/or contact us at

Customized Support
GS1 US can also tailor an implementation program specific to your organization’s deployment plan. With a special mix of technical and business expertise, we can provide customized services, such as on-site EPC readiness assessments, targeted pilot and implementation planning and support, and in-person training presentations for your staff and your trading partners. The GS1 US Advisory Services team offers a combination of technical and business expertise to address specific challenges your organization may face in integrating GS1 Standards into your operations. To learn more contact us at

* Auburn University RFID Lab Studies

“EPC-enabled RFID is a rewarding undertaking but it is complex, and the GS1 US EPC Item Level Readiness Program has helped us get further in our implementation than we would have been otherwise. 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.”

Bill Connell
Senior Vice President Logistics and Operations 
Macy's, Inc.

“We needed a quick solution that would enable us to tag millions of items each year. The GS1 US EPC Item Level Readiness Program provides peace of mind that we'll reach our goal.”

Jay Craft
Vice President Product
Development VF Jeanswear
VF Corporation