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By Beth Bacheldor

GS1 Australia Launches Implementation Guidelines for Apparel, Footwear Sectors

GS1 Australia has launched a new set of guidelines designed to provide retailers and suppliers in the Australian apparel, fashion and footwear industries with best-practice guidance on RFID implementation based on global learnings.

The Apparel RFID Implementation Guidelines are designed to provide best-practice guidance to assist retailers, manufacturers and suppliers with the successful and cost-effective implementation of EPC-based RFID item-level tagging. In addition, GS1 Australia reports, they include instructions regarding the efficient identification, serialization and placement of a GS1 EPC RFID tag encoded with a serialized Global Trade Item Number (GTIN).

According to Sean Sloan, GS1 Australia's manager of RFID and omnichannel, the adoption of EPC RFID using GS1 standards will give the Australian retail sector an opportunity to improve inventory accuracy throughout the supply chain, reduce out-of-stocks on the shop floor, boost sales, track individual items and deliver a faster check-out experience for customers at the point of sale. When implemented correctly, he says, RFID has the potential to significantly and positively disrupt an organization's business.

The guidelines are based on GS1 Germany's RFID Implementation Guidelines for the Apparel, Fashion and Footwear Sector 2015 and GS1 US' EPC Based Guidelines for the Apparel Industry 2014, and have been localized for the Australian marketplace. Both Germany and United States have very mature and successful RFID programs in place with retailers, GS1 Australia reports, including Gerry Weber, Adler Modemärkte, Marc O'Polo, C&A and Adidas NEO in Germany, as well as Macy's, HBC Group (Hudson Bay, Lord & Taylor, Sak's), Dillard's, Target Corp., Kohl's, Sears Holdings, JC Penney and Walmart in the United States.

A copy of GS1 Australia's Apparel RFID Implementation Guidelines can be downloaded at the organization's website.

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