When the road to deploying RFID in retail is complete sometime in the next decade, there will be a long list of founding fathers to thank for their dedication.
Peter Longo won’t have to wait. A champion of RFID at Macy’s, Longo received his credit early, and deservingly so, when he was recognized with the Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award during this week’s GS1 Connect 2015 conference in Austin, Tex.
Longo, the president of logistics and operations at Macy’s, has played an integral role in Macy’s adoption of GS1 Standards and guidelines for Universal Product Code (U.P.C.) and EDI, and has also lent his voice and time to help the retail industry adopt EPC-enabled RFID at the item-level in order to deliver on omni-channel strategies and inventory accuracy goals.
Always a passionate speaker when it comes to RFID, Longo perked the curiosity of retailers during the NRF Big Show earlier this year by stating “you can live to be 100 years old and find a new use case for RFID every day.”
A retail industry veteran, Longo is responsible for all activities connecting the vendor/retailer supply chain including transportation, distribution, furniture/bedding operations and delivery, and direct-to-consumer fulfillment operations as well as the systems and technologies related to logistics and distribution activities. Longo is a member of the GS1 US Board of Governors and GS1 US Apparel and General Merchandise Initiative Executive Leadership Committee.
“Peter’s leadership and participation in standards-based initiatives have made a significant impact on the retail industry’s ability to respond to the shift in consumer needs and behaviors,” says Bob Carpenter, president and CEO of GS1 US. “He is a true collaborator, working with a diverse group of retail industry trading partners to develop and implement the most innovative supply chain best practices.”
The Roger Milliken Career Achievement Award honors individuals who have demonstrated outstanding innovation and leadership in the application of GS1 Standards and industry best practices to improve supply chain collaboration. Roger Milliken was known for being a catalyst for transformational best business practices across multiple industries. The award program continues in his memory to recognize those who demonstrate the vision and leadership that makes the retail industry operate more effectively.
During the conference, Macy’s was named the winner of the GS1 US Retailer Excellence Award, PVH Corp. took home the GS1 US Supplier Excellence Award, and OpenText/GXS earned the GS1 US Solution Provider Excellence Award.