Three ePedigree Options
Option 1: Item–2-D Data Matrix; Case–2-D Data Matrix
- SGTIN 96 on either item-level label or carton 2-D Data Matrix Code.
- Requires line of sight at the item and case level, making it complex and labor-intensive for the supply chain to deploy.
- Most cost-effective solution, from a unit-level consumable basis and cost of capital for initial hardware and software.
- Quickest of the three to adopt.
Option 2: Item–2-D Data Matrix; Case–UHF RFID
- SGTIN 96 would be in the Data Matrix code at item level.
- UHF RFID tag could hold information concerning items within the case.
- Allows for a low unit-cost implementation at the item level.
- Helps the supply chain by deploying a non-line-of-sight technology at the case level.
- Hybrid method allows adoption of RFID, assisting with the initial RFID technology learning curve.
- RFID at the case level adds additional capital and consumable cost for the brand owner, but it’s likely more realistic and acceptable than full item-level RFID implementation.
- Note: It is still fairly complex for the supply chain to read item-level units, especially once they have been removed from the original case.
Option 3: Item–HF or UHF NF RFID; Case–UHF RFID
- RFID tag holds SGTIN 96.
- Full RFID solution similar to Pfizer and Purdue Pharma deployment.
- RFID tag inserted into the item-level label or on to the carton, either HF or UHF NF technology.
- RFID tag could hold information initially or as the product moves through the supply chain. To protect the data’s integrity, secure or encrypt the tag.
- Case level would deploy a UHF tag, like the solution above.
- The most costly solution of the three. Implementing RFID from the outset, however, could save time and dollars, providing the supply chain with easy-to-read system in compliance with ePedigree based regulations.