Case Studies and White Papers

Whitepaper: Counterfeit Goods Create Real Problems ~ Learn How GS1 Standards Help Industry Reduce Imitation Merchandise Online - In today’s retail marketplace where the consumer can buy a product through a host of different channels, it’s more important than ever for brands to protect product authenticity by implementing proactive anti-counterfeit strategies. GS1 Standards help reduce the proliferation of counterfeit goods by tracking products across the supply chain and tracing their histories from factory to consumer, making it much easier to verify product authenticity and ensure satisfied consumers. GS1 Standards generate supply chain visibility, efficiency, safety, and collaboration.

Case Study: The Blessing Basket Project® (Blessing Basket) - The Blessing Basket partners with 3,000 artisans in some of the world’s most geographically dispersed countries. With a supply chain so widespread and artisan suppliers difficult to reach managing inventory, quality control, on-time delivery and cash payments were onerous for this non-profit organization. To uniquely identify each woven basket, Blessing Basket assigns a GS1 Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®), which is encoded in a Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) barcode that is printed on the label applied to the basket.

Infographic: GS1 US Standards (RFID) Usage Survey: GS1 US Survey Shows Manufacturers and Retailers Embrace RFID to Enhance Inventory Visibility. Apparel and general merchandise trading partners are using EPC-enabled item level RFID to enhance inventory visibility and respond to consumer demands for omni-channel options.

Case Study: The Neiman Marcus Group Creates Branded Shopping Experience with Supplier Enablement Solution - The Neiman Marcus Group (NMG) wanted to offer its customers a seamless shopping experience. To do so they needed better visibility across its many silos of inventory. With help from GS1 US and two GS1 US Solution Partners (Intertrade and DiCentral), NMG educated and supported its 2,700+ vendors—both large suppliers and small artisan companies—in executing NMG’s supplier enablement solution.

Case Study: Auburn University’s EPC-enabled Item Level RFID Research Results - Retailers and brand owners are increasingly turning to EPC-enabled item level RFID technology to deliver exceptional omni-channel shopping experiences. Through its series of retail studies, Auburn University’s RFID Lab team has uncovered and quantified a host of business benefits—upstream and downstream—that EPC-enabled RFID provides for retailers, brand owners and other supply chain trading partners.

Infographic: EPC-enabled RFID Delivering the Omni-Channel Experience – As omni-channel increasingly defines the future of retail, businesses are finding they must adopt new standards and technologies or risk losing sales, their stores, and their customers. EPC-enabled RFID helps deliver the omni-channel experience by taking item identification a step further—connecting the digital and physical worlds that consumers continue to straddle in their browsing and shopping experiences.

RFID Brief: Commonly Asked RFID Questions: Dispelling the Myths - The Retail Sector began strategically deploying item level RFID in late 2008. Since that time there have been misunderstandings about the technology, its use case feasibility and its ROI benefits. This brief sets the record straight on RFID—providing definitive answers to the industry’s most common questions about what RFID is and what it can do.

Enabling Source-to-Consumer Visibility with GS1 Standards in Apparel & General Merchandise
Together, we’re making it possible for Apparel and General Merchandise companies to follow their products from the source to the consumer — ensuring that the right product is in the right place at the right time regardless of the channel or path to purchase.

Case Study: Levi Strauss & Co. Reports EPC-enabled RFID Success
In 2005, Levi Strauss decided it needed more reliable and precise control of its inventory – an improvement that could, in turn, increase the efficiency of its processes as well as profitability. As a result, Levi Strauss introduced EPC-enabled RFID technology into its operations. Read this case study to learn more about their success.

J.Reneé Leads the Effort to Apply GS1 Standards to Product Imagery
Suppliers now have a single set of guidelines to follow for sharing product images, and affording latitude in making the parameters work with internal systems. Using GS1 Standards, the Product Images and Data Attributes Workgroup was able to define workable product attributes for apparel and general merchandise and compile sensible guidelines for their use. Learn now adopting GS1 Standards and guidelines that govern visual imagery helped J.Reneé get their products online sooner—with a major US retailer—streamlining image sharing operations, increasing revenue opportunity and improving labor productivity.

Herbal Destination and Voodoo Ride Company Prefix
Herbal Destination and Voodoo Ride Company Prefix Herbal Destination and Voodoo Ride, both small growing businesses, were working to expand their distribution channels to include large, national retailers. Each was using barcodes purchased from online barcode sellers; yet, they soon discovered they needed to use the GS1 Company Prefix and other GS1 Standards to conduct business with these mass retailers. Read this case study and learn how the GS1 Company Prefix helped Herbal Destination and Voodoo Ride accelerate their business growth.

Source To Store Solutions Overview
This overview highlights the results of research conducted in 2011 by the University of Arkansas Information Technology Research Institute and illustrates how EPC-enabled RFID can help products and information flow through touch points from source to shelf. 

The GS1 US Visibility Framework
This white paper introduces the GS1 US Visibility Framework and explains how it can be applied to provide increased visibility into business processes within a variety of industries.

Item-Level RFID: A Competitive Differentiator Visibility Data Enables the Apparel Supply Chain
A study from the VICS Item-Level RFID Initiative (VILRI), a group of advocates for the use of EPC-enabled RFID in the retail supply chain, suggests that adoption of RFID is reaching a "tipping point", with 80 percent of surveyed retailers having initiated pilots using RFID to track item sales in their stores. The report, which includes input from Accenture and a survey of 58 suppliers and 56 retailers in North America, confirmed that item-level adoption of RFID is gaining traction.

Global apparel manufacturer Maidenform adopts EPC-enabled RFID item-level tagging to meet trading partner needs and improve efficiency.

Enmon Accessories and Orly Shoes
Read how growing businesses are building stronger retailer relationships by creating and managing U.P.C. barcodes with Data Driver.

Case Study: Take a Closer Look: Getting Bottom-line Results with Quality Data
A leading U.S. Hardlines retailer and several suppliers realize significant business benefits when accurate data is synchronized, including lower freight costs, increased productivity levels, and improved asset utilization.