Tagged Item Performance Protocol

“EPC-enabled item level RFID is the key transformational technology to meet the inventory demands of omni-channel retail. The TIPP Guideline provides for repeatable testing to ensure that a supplier’s tagged items meet the retailer’s requirements.”

Justin Patton
Director, RFID Center
Auburn University


“The reach of RFID is far beyond just inventory control. It is just the starting point. RFID’s ability to help provide visibility—throughout the whole supply chain through to the retail point-of-purchase—to create value for the consumer, has endless possibilities. We have new learnings every day and see new opportunities to gain insights into better management of our brands. The TIPP Guideline provides a tagged item grading system to simplify the specification of RFID performance requirements between retailer and supplier. We are proud to be early adopters and are helping to champion this technology and guideline.”

Jay Craft
Vice President, Product Development VF Jeanswear
VF Corporation


“EPC-enabled item level RFID is a foundational technology that enables frequent cycle counts and inventory accuracy so we can fulfill our omni-channel customer demand. As we grow our business, we will continue to expand our use of EPC-enabled RFID. The TIPP Guideline allows us the flexibility to set performance levels for our specific use-cases and enables our suppliers the flexibility to meet our grade level requirements without having to take on additional operational costs.

Pam Sweeney
Senior Vice President,
Logistics Systems & Technology
 
Macy's, Inc.

Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled item level Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is driving visibility and efficiency throughout the entire supply chain. It is playing a critical role in helping retailers create a seamless omni-channel customer experience. In fact, numerous retailers around the globe are using it to increase inventory accuracy, drive point of sales improvements, decrease out-of-stocks, improve loss detection, enhance stock conversion reporting, increase full price sales, expedite the returns process and get more product into their customers’ hands than ever before. And brand owners are using it to gain inventory intelligence from the factory through the entire supply chain. Brand owners are leveraging item level RFID to realize Electronic Proof of Delivery (EPOD); improve receiving, pick/pack and shipping accuracy; and help improve supplier compliance—saving operational costs and improving margins.

RFID performance is pivotal in any successful roll-out. There are a number of variables that should be considered including environment, tagged item materials and some implementation use cases (e.g., reading a scan using a handheld reader vs. a static reader). As such, up until now performance requirements have been unique from retailer to retailer. Retailers have been conducting their own testing, using their own unique test methodology to determine which inlays perform well in their store environments. These individual test results yield the retailer’s approved list of inlays, which are then shared with the supplier community. With no best practices or guidelines in place, these lists may vary from retailer to retailer, and put undue operational costs and constraints on the supplier community.

The Tagged Item Performance Protocol (TIPP) Guideline aims to address this challenge by providing a standard means to express performance requirements and a standard test protocol to verify the performance of a tagged item (not an inlay). By specifying performance for tagged items (rather than tags, inlays, labels and such), the GS1 US Item Level RFID Workgroup worked together to define performance that can be verified independently by retailers, suppliers or any 3rd party.

The TIPP Guideline is a set of documents that outline and explain the tagged item grading definition, test protocol and test configuration for specifying and verifying tagged item performance between retailers and suppliers. The guideline allows retailers the flexibility to set performance levels for their use case using a simple tagged item grade and suppliers the flexibility in how they meet grade levels from multiple retailers. The series includes the following four documents:

  • Tagged Item Grading Overview - provides an overview of the tagged item grading guideline
  • Tagged Item Performance Protocol Grade Definition - defines the grade specifications
  • Tagged Item Performance Protocol Test Methodology - presents the test procedure and measurement methods to qualify or establish the grade for a tagged item
  • Tagged Item Performance Protocol Test Configuration - defines the orientation for various types of tagged items (which is critical for repeatable testing using the TIPP procedure)
  • The GS1 US Grade Submission Form - The GS1 US TIPP Guideline establishes a set of performance grades for RFID tagged-items and a test procedure to validate the grade of a tagged item. Grades themselves are not directly related to item category or use case, but it’s expected as use cases expand and new technology becomes available, new grades will need to be developed to span the range of performance required. This document enables users to submit their grade requests.
  • GS1 US Grade Submission Procedure - Grades themselves are not directly related to item category or use case, but it is expected that as use cases expand and new technology becomes available, new grades will need to be developed to span the range of performance required. The GS1 US Grade Submission Procedure defines a draft process for establishing new grades.

TIPP Guideline Webinar:

Tagged Item Performance Protocol Guideline Training Webinar: Join us for a free training webinar and learn how your business can begin to use the new TIPP Guideline to meet the inventory demands of the omni-channel shopping experience. Retailers will learn how to use TIPP to set performance levels for their use case using a simple tagged-item grade and suppliers will learn how to use TIPP to meet grade levels from multiple retailers.  View On-Demand