Tagged Item Performance Protocol
Justin PattonDirector, RFID CenterAuburn University
Jay CraftVice President, Product Development VF JeanswearVF Corporation
Pam SweeneySenior 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:
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