January 12, 2004 – Intel and a quartet of European retailers have formed a working group to accelerate adoption of electronic product code (EPC) technologies for use in their supply chain operations.
The EPC Retail Users Group of Europe consists of Carrefour, Metro Group, and Tesco, all of whom are piloting EPC barcode technology as well as radio frequency identification (RFID). The group aims to help European retailers identify and share best practices for implementing EPC-based technologies and business processes, developing documents and white papers on successful implementations, technologies, and usage models.
“This industry group will help enable a transformation in retail,” said Intel VP John Davies. “This will be a cornerstone for the future of RFID in retailing,” added Gerd Wolfram, project manager of Metro Group’s Future Store, which began testing RFID in April 2003. Tesco is also testing radio barcodes in its distribution network in the UK, with a roll-out planned soon, according to company IT director Colin Cobain.