RFID Journal, EPCglobal to Provide Compliance Training for Sam's Club Suppliers

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RFID Journal and EPCglobal to provide an "EPC Compliance and Benefits Training" preconference seminar during RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, April 16-18.

RFID Journal, the world's leading media and events company covering radio frequency identification (RFID), and EPCglobal North America, a not-for-profit member organization supporting the adoption of Electronic Product Code (EPC) technology, today announced that they will jointly produce an "EPC Compliance and Benefits Training" seminar in conjunction with RFID Journal LIVE! 2008, RFID Journal's sixth annual conference and exhibition, being held April 16-18 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas.

The new compliance training seminar, which will take place on April 16, is designed to educate suppliers to Sam's Club and other major retailers, who need to learn not just how to place EPC tags on their shipments, but also how to integrate their tagging systems with their back-end inventory management systems to save time and labor and to use the EPC data provided by retail partners to reduce out-of-stocks, increase promotions execution and drive business value.

Suppliers to Sam's Club will meet with Sam's Club representatives to discuss the retailer's EPC initiative prior to the start of the seminar and they will have the opportunity to attend the EPC Compliance and Benefits Training seminar for free. Other companies that wish to attend can select the seminar as one of 11 preconference seminars offered at RFID Journal LIVE! 2008.

"RFID Journal is committed to helping companies benefit from RFID technologies, so we feel its important to offer training to help people understand where the value is and how to realize it," said Mark Roberti, Founder & Editor of RFID Journal. "We'll bring in end users who have been tagging shipments and have them explain not just how they did it, but how they are benefiting from EPC technology."

The seminar will explain how to:

  • Encode tags and associate EPCs with the right product
  • Place the tag on a case in the place that will maximize its chances of being read
  • Integrate an EPC tagging system with a back-end inventory management system
  • Use EPC data to improve supply chain operations

"This really is a unique opportunity to learn a great deal in a very short period of time," said John Seaner, President of EPCglobal North America. "We're working with our subscribers from the vendor community to provide a checklist of what suppliers need to do and then they can go to the exhibit hall and meet the vendors who can fulfill their needs."

Among the speakers who will participate in the seminar are:

  • Bill Hardgrave, Director, RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas
  • Paul Freeman, Director EPC/RFID Program, Best Buy
  • Richard Ulrich, Solutions Architect, Wal-Mart Stores
  • J. Kevin Brown, Information Systems, Daisy Brand
  • Sue Hutchison, Product Manager, EPCglobal
  • Michele Southall, Director of Community Development, EPCglobal

In addition, EPCglobal will hold a Joint Action Group meeting prior to RFID Journal LIVE! 2008, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers will hold its IEEE RFID 2008 conference in conjunction with the event as well. The EPCglobal meeting is a gathering of members from all action groups that contribute to the development of EPCglobal standards. The IEEE event is the second in a series of annual conferences dedicated to addressing technical and policy challenges in the areas of RFID technologies, as well as their support for large-scale distributed information systems and applications.

Register before March 7 to save up to $300 off the on-site cost of a conference pass. For more information about RFID Journal LIVE! 2008, visit http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/.

About RFID Journal LIVE! 2008
RFID Journal LIVE! is the largest and most important RFID event in the world. More than 2,500 people attended the 2007 event. RFID Journal LIVE! 2008 will feature more than 200 leading technology providers exhibiting in the 120,000-square-foot exhibit hall. The exhibit hall will showcase live demonstration centers and, for the first time ever, technology companies will compete for a new Best in Show Award, to be determined by RFID Journal Editors with input from attendees.

About RFID Journal
RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information about radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal for up-to-the-minute RFID news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions. This has made RFID Journal the most relied-upon and respected RFID information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID decision-makers worldwide--in print, online and at face-to-face events. For more information, visit http://www.rfidjournal.com.

About EPCglobal NA
EPCglobal North America is a not-for-profit organization that fosters the development and implementation of EPC technology in the United States and Canada. To learn more, please visit http://www.EPCglobalNA.org.


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