Organizations Join To Provide Nationwide RFID Education To 43,000 Defense Suppliers - Richmond VA is the Next Seminar

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The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) has selected Productivity by RFID, a leading RFID Consultant, Integrator and Educator, to provide a full day of Radio Frequency Identification education for a nationwide series of seminars. It is estimated that over 43,000 Defense suppliers are impacted by the recent mandate for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) issued by the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The policy requires cases and pallets shipped to and within DoD to be labeled with passive RFID tags. Each tag is programmed to identify the shipment contents. An electronic, Advance Ship Notice must precede the shipment.

RFID Seminars are being scheduled across the U.S. to help defense industry companies and their supply chains become aware of the requirements and implementation timelines. The schedule is as follows (other dates and cities will be announced at a later date):

February 17, 2005     Richmond, Virginia

March 4, 2005        Miami, Florida

Productivity by RFID will be joined by leading vendors of RFID technologies to provide presentations designed to aid defense suppliers in determining their RFID needs. A Department of Defense (DoD) representative will brief the RFID policy and implementation timelines required for compliance. Displays and live demonstrations will further enhance the seminar participant’s understanding of RFID’s role in creating efficiencies and reducing costs while simultaneously meeting DoD mandates. This workshop is not limited to NDIA members. The NDIA is also offering a half-day seminar covering Unique Identification (UID), another OSD mandate. For more information, visit:

“Today, the U.S. Department of Defense, Wal-Mart, Target, Albertson’s and Best Buy are mandating RFID in their supply chains and the FDA is strongly urging its use to combat counterfeit pharmaceuticals. Tomorrow, RFID will become the operating norm for manufacturers and distributors in every supply chain,” said Rob Steinberg, President of Productivity by RFID, the Shaker Heights, Ohio based co-producer of the seminar.

NDIA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for high-technology, best-in-class weapons, equipment and support for America’s warfighters and first responders; promote a robust, responsive Government-Industry security team; and provide legal and ethical forums for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on national security issues. The NDIA consists of more than 1,100 corporate and over 33,000 individual members from the entire spectrum of the defense and national industrial bases. For more information on NDIA, please visit:

Productivity by RFID is a RFID Consultant, Integrator and Educator focused on deploying RFID technology for compliance and to improve productivity and quality in manufacturing and distribution. Productivity by RFID maintains a web site at:


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