CSCMP, The University Of Arkansas, And VICS To Host Fourth Annual RFID Forum

Lombard, IL: The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP), the RFID Research Center at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas, and Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions (VICS) Association announced the fourth annual RFID Forum to be held October 25-26, 2011 in Fayetteville, AR. The forum is open to all interested parties and will feature interactive sessions led by practitioners, academics, and other industry experts.

Attendees of the RFID Forum will be welcomed by Rick Blasgen, CSCMP president and chief executive officer, and Joe Andraski, president and chief executive officer of VICS. Mark Roberti, founder and president of RFID Journal, will give the keynote address, which will be followed by an update on the VICS Item-Level RFID Initiative (VILRI) from Bill Connell, senior vice president of Macy's and co-chair of the VILRI Communications and Outreach Committee. The event will feature progress reports on RFID projects at JC Penney and Macy's.

The RFID Forum will also include a presentation on EPC Global by Patrick Javick of GS1 US, and a workshop on Academic Supplier ROI/Executive Education by Dr. Brent Williams, David Cromhout, and Justin Patton of the Walton College. Three sessions on industry issues by solution providers will round out the event. In addition to the educational programming, forum attendees will have the opportunity to visit the RFID Research Center lab and view the latest developments in the industry.

"This forum will be of interest to any supply chain professional," says Blasgen. "We will be discussing how this exciting technology benefits those who embrace it as well as learning about the latest trends. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to speak to both suppliers and users of item-level RFID, and share information and experiences. The event is focused on learning while driving the industry forward."

"The RFID Forum is an excellent opportunity to hear from some of the best minds in the industry and to network with retailers, suppliers, technology companies, consultants, academics, and others. It has quickly turned into a 'must-attend' event for everyone in the RFID community," says Dr. Williams.

"We are making tremendous progress with item-level RFID and the forum is a place where we can both inform our core audiences on the latest trends and hear from them about their experiences and insights. We're looking forward to working with the University of Arkansas and CSCMP to make sure this is the best forum to date," says Andraski.

The cost of the event is $350.00 US for CSCMP, VICS, and RFID Research Center Board members and $450.00 US for nonmembers (CSCMP or VICS). Registration is available at

For more information about the RFID Forum, contact Heather Morys at [email protected] or +1 630.645.3454. Additional information is also available at