TI Division First to Ship EPC Gen 2 Tagged Cases and Pallets to Wal-Mart

Educational & Productivity Solutions unit shipping dozen SKUs to five Wal-Mart DCs

Educational & Productivity Solutions unit shipping dozen SKUs to five Wal-Mart DCs

Dallas, TX  January 4, 2006  The Educational & Productivity Solutions (E&PS) business of Texas Instruments has become the first consumer goods supplier to ship cases and pallets affixed with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags based on the Generation 2 (Gen 2) Electronic Product Code (EPC) specification to Wal-Mart.

Starting with a dozen stock-keeping units (SKUs) shipped to five distribution centers, TI E&PS is tagging cases and pallets of its graphing, scientific and financial calculators using Gen 2 smart label solutions from Texas Instruments RFid Systems, NCR Corporation and Zebra Technologies. The dozen SKUs represent 100 percent of the calculator products E&PS ships to Wal-Mart.

TI E&PS said it is adopting EPC Gen 2 solutions as a platform to facilitate advanced data exchange and processing capabilities on a global basis with its retail trading partners. The company is looking to advancements in retail supply chain data exchange processes enabled by EPC Gen 2 to help it achieve improved product visibility and lower out-of-stocks at the retail store.

The TI division began its development and implementation of EPC Gen 2 in 2004, deciding to leapfrog legacy EPC Gen 1 solutions that will be phased out in 2006. In building its Gen 2 implementation plan, TI said it worked closely with Wal-Mart.

"TI is ahead of the curve with Gen 2 adoption, and we commend them on being the first to begin Gen 2 tagging of cases and pallets in support of Wal-Mart's RFID expansion plans in 2006," said Simon Langford, RFID strategy manager at Wal-Mart.

"This marks a significant milestone for our business and the industry as a whole," said Keith Hodnett, a Texas Instruments vice president and supply chain manager for E&PS. "Moving forward, we are prepared to expand our Gen 2 efforts with other retail trading partners when they are ready."

Texas Instruments RFid Systems began production of its EPC Gen 2 inlays and straps in July 2005.

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