AIDC: Item Level Identification - Different Benefits, One Solution
Is item level ID more about supply chain security, inventory accuracy,
asset management, or financial accountability? Answer: all of the above.
The major emphasis on item level identification has focused
on the supply chain -- whether it's efficiency in retail or food/pharmaceutical
supply safety and traceability. There's no question that this focus is
warranted but it shouldn't take attention away from other areas where item level
marking can play a critical role in efficiency, safety, traceability and
Whether it's called "item level", "mass
serialization", "unique ID" (UID) (see footnote), or "item unique ID" (IUID) it's
all the same thing. The ability to uniquely identify an individual item.
Publication date: February 2011