Shippers with high value apparel and consumer goods are the focus of two new pilot programmes taking place to demonstrate the benefits of RFID in the distribution centre.

Port Logistics Group will deploy Tagsys RFID at US gateway facilities at Long Beach and New Jersey to support item-level receipt of goods and outbound order verification, as well as inventory management and cycle-counting.

The move is intended to support the increasing demands from retailers and manufacturers for RFID capabilities throughout the supply chain, the two companies say.

"Our clients include major US retailers and the companies that supply them," said Bob Stull, CEO of Port Logistics Group.

"RFID compliance is becoming a critical part of doing business in the retail supply chain, and we want to ensure that Port Logistics Group is a step ahead in providing distribution solutions that are RFID ready."

Alain Fanet, CEO of Tagsys, adds: "Our partnership with Port Logistics Group offers a unique opportunity to bring the benefits of our RFID solutions to multiple customers at a strategic point in the supply chain.

"We hope to demonstrate the benefits of RFID in the distribution centre - inventory visibility and accuracy and reductions in processing costs - and be in a position to offer expanded solutions both upstream and downstream, from point of manufacturing to point of sale."