CSCMP and VICS to Host Item-Level Tagging Research Forum Lombard, Illinois USA (December 17 2007)—The

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) and the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association, in collaboration with the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas, will host a two-day forum January 30-31, 2008 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Cosponsored by Dillard’s and Procter & Gamble, the event is titled Item-Level RFID: Future Direction—Current Status. Presenters will share the results and implications of the first two phases of research conducted on apparel/footwear item-level tagging. “Many retailers and suppliers are moving aggressively to item-level RFID tagging,” explained Dr. Bill Hardgrave, director of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas. “The research that we have conducted, coupled with the experiences of companies such as Dillard’s and American Apparel, will provide attendees with much insight into the potential business cases and technological underpinnings of item-level tagging.” The forum will begin at the university’s RFID lab with live demonstrations of case and pallet portals and inventory practices, followed by sweet spot testing. Day two will offer the results of the research to date, along with the pilot project and case studies. “The live demonstrations in the University of Arkansas RFID lab will allow practitioners to get a good idea of what they can and can’t do in a real world supply chain and store RFID environment,” said Bill Holder, vice president and chief information officer at Dillard’s. “We use the lab as a partner in testing new RFID technologies, processes, and procedures. This allows us to do research and development at a fraction of the cost of us doing it on our own. Attendees will be amazed at the results of the research, pilot projects, and case studies being presented, especially the progress that has been made in item-level scanning over the last 18 months.” The RFID Research Center officially opened its laboratory in the Fayetteville Industrial Park in June 2005. It currently has 45 business and industry sponsors and several academic collaborators. The facility, strategically positioned in the epicenter of retail RFID activity, primarily conducts research on the most efficient use of RFID and other wireless and sensor technologies throughout the supply chain, with special interest on the retail supply chain. VICS has enabled companies in the retail and consumer-focused industries to eliminate billions of dollars of waste and delay. By creating voluntary guidelines often referred to as “standards,” the association has created new best practices that has ultimately lead to lower costs and better availability of products for consumers. VICS’ volunteer members improve the flow of products and information throughout retailing and the consumer-focused industries that supply

retail. It provides leadership and an environment in which executives can make a difference in their industry, their company performance—and their personal commitment to make the world work a little bit better. VICS’ members help define the next best practices in industries and, thus, anticipate and optimize business processes and costs. Founded in 1963, the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals is the preeminent association for individuals involved in supply chain management. CSCMP provides educational, career development, and networking opportunities to over 9,000 members and to the entire profession.

For more information, please contact: Madeleine Miller-Holodnicki, ABC Manager of Communications Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP) 333 East Butterfield Road, Suite 140 Lombard, IL 60148-5617 USA +1 630.645.3487

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