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August 31, 2010

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9:00 AMRFID Journal University
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1:30 PMTour of LOGyCA's EPC RFID research campus
2:45 PMGeneral Session:
Welcome and Introduction
Speakers:
Rafael Flórez Barajas, CEO, LOGyCA
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
3:00 PMOpening Keynote:
Item-Level RFID as an Inventory-Management Tool for Retail
This session will discuss how to leverage RFID and item-level tagging in specialty apparel to enhance store operations and inventory visibility. The presenter will provide case-study examples of retailers using such solutions in their stores today in footwear, apparel and other specialty fashion categories.
Speaker:
James M. Kress, VP of RFID Sales, Tyco Retail Solutions, Tyco International
3:45 PMGeneral Session:
EPC RFID for Retail EAS Applications
See how Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards can provide benefits to reduce shrinkage in the supply chain. Hear EPCglobal's vision for using standard RFID tags as a logistic enabler for online visibility, and for shrinkage avoidance.
Speaker:
Ian Robertson, Director, Global Industry Development, GS1 EPCglobal US
4:30 PMGeneral Session:
Grupo EXITO Stocks Up on RFID to Stay Competitive
Grupo EXITO, the largest supermarket chain in Colombia, began employing radio frequency identification in 2006, during a pilot implementation in a distribution center with a large industrial food company. The successful pilot reduced out-of-stocks, resulting in 100 percent visibility and improved operational efficiency. In this session, hear how the firm has expanded its usage of RFID by inviting some of its providers to work together on an EPC RFID implementation deployment. Learn how the project is expected to reduce shrinkage throughout the company's supply chain thanks to online visibility of its inventory, and how EPC technology is being utilized to solve its in-store security issues.
Speaker:
Jesús Quintero, Supply Chain Manager, Grupo EXITO
Takeaways:
• How Exito is using RFID to increase product availability at its stores
• The company's future implementation plans for distribution centers and warehouses
5:15 PMReception on Exhibit Floor

September 1, 2010

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8:30 AMContinental Breakfast
9:00 AMGeneral Session:
Welcome and Introduction
Speakers:
Rafael Flórez Barajas, CEO, LOGyCA
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
9:15 AMGeneral Session:
U.S. Department of Defense Automatic Identification Technology Update
This presentation will discuss topics related to the U.S. Department of Defense's use of automatic identification technology (AIT) and radio frequency identification. Such uses include the DOD AIT Concept of Operations (CONOPS), the DOD AIT Implementation Plan, challenges and improvements regarding AIT and RFID technologies (both active and passive), and USTRANSCOM's current and future uses of satellite technology.
Speaker:
David Blackford, Logistics Enabling Support Division, U.S. Transportation Command
10:00 AMGeneral Session:
The State of RFID Adoption Globally
As the editor of RFID Journal, Mark Roberti has had a unique view of the RFID industry's development around the globe. In this presentation, Roberti will bring attendees up to date on the state of adoption worldwide, share insights into which industries are adopting RFID most quickly and explain which factors are currently driving adoption.
Speaker:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
10:30 AMGeneral Session:
Using RFID to Improve Order Management and Inventory Accuracy
Liverpool, a Mexican department store chain with 76 locations, has expanded its RFID-tagging program, which it rolled out in late 2007 after two years of testing. Since that time, more than 2,300 of the retailer's suppliers have begun shipping their products in tagged plastic totes to the company's main distribution center, where the EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags are read and used to confirm incoming shipments, as well as ready them for distribution to retail stores. In this session, hear how 200 suppliers that receive goods in single-use cardboard cartons are also tagging their shipments, thus enabling the firm to leverage its RFID infrastructure for all incoming products at the DC. The retailer estimates that the suppliers will apply 3 million tags to single-use cartons annually.
Speaker:
Luis Vicente Ortega, Dynamic Response Manager, Liverpool
Takeaways:
• How the DC is now able to process receipt of 230 cases or totes per minute—up from 60 per minute using a bar-code scanner to identify each one
• How the use of RFID to count inventory takes 89 percent less time than doing so manually
11:15 AMBreak on Exhibit Floor
11:45 AMGeneral Session:
Why Companies Need RFID
In the late 1990s, Professor Sanjay Sarma and his colleagues at MIT conceived the bold idea of putting a low-cost RFID tag with an embedded serial number in every manufactured item, so that it could then be tracked throughout its lifecycle. More than a decade later, this vision is starting to become a reality. In this session, Sarma explains why adoption has taken longer than some predicted, how early adopters are benefiting from RFID and EPC standards, and why these standards are critical to achieving long-term benefits, both internally and across the supply chain.
Speaker:
Dr. Sanjay Sarma, Professor, MIT; Co-founder, Auto-ID Center at MIT, Chairman, Board of Governors, EPCglobal, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
12:30 PMGeneral Session:
RFID Mastermind Panel: Is Now the Time to Invest in RFID?
With the economy slowing and credit difficult to come by, some companies are asking themselves if now is the right time to invest in an RFID project, or even a full-scale infrastructure that can deliver long-term benefits. In this session, our panel of experts will debate the pros and cons of investing in RFID, and analyze the risks of not investing in technologies that can increase competitiveness.
Moderator:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Panelists:
Ernesto Arévalo, Operations Manager, Grupo Hasar
Fabian Audisio, Sales Director, Latin America, Psion
Wolf Bielas, President, Sirit Latin America
Takeaways:
• How the economy will affect RFID project plans, and what it means for your company
• Insights into the pros and cons of investing in RFID during a slowing economy
1:00 PMLunch on the Exhibit Floor
2:30 PMGeneral Session:
Using RFID to Track Goods from Factory to Distribution Center
Familia Sancela, a South American manufacturer of disposable diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, napkins and other personal hygiene products, is employing RFID at its plants in Colombia to provide 100 percent accuracy in inventory as the goods are packed, stored and loaded for shipping. The company ships out approximately 250 pallets loaded with its products each day. Before deploying the system, the items would often end up missing between the time the pallets were loaded at the processing plant and when they should have arrived at the warehouse. Hear how heat sensors are used to send a signal to the installed RFID interrogators to begin reading while digital cameras capture footage of the event as the employee, pulling the hand truck, proceeds through the portal. Learn how the firm used RFID to improve visibility, and to achieve 100 percent inventory accuracy.
Speaker:
Elkin Alonzo Diez, Supplier Relationship Manager, Familia Sancela
Takeaways:
• How Familia Sancela has reduced the theft of loaded pallets between the processing plant and the warehouse with RFID
• The company's future plans to expand the project at all six of its facilities in Colombia, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic
3:15 PMGeneral Session:
Almacafe Adds Value and Traceability to Colombian Grown Coffee With RFID
Colombian coffee is cultivated and harvested by a grower, and the beans are stored in warehouses until they are processed and converted into coffee for export. In this session, learn how RFID technology is being used to identify each grower associated with these in-demand specialized and premium products. Hear how the movement of each bag of coffee is tracked as it enters the production chain, and how the traceability of Colombian special coffees from the farm to the consumer has been improved.
Speaker:
Sonia del Pilar Acuna Duran, Director of Information Technology and Communications, National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia
Takeaways:
• How the use of RFID to facilitate the reading process of each sack of coffee has saved time and labor
• Improving sales of higher-priced premium coffees through the use of RFID
4:00 PMRefreshment Break on the Exhibit Floor
4:30 PMGeneral Session:
Reducing Labor Costs and Improving Safety With RFID
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein (HIAE), a 489-bed hospital in São Paulo, Brazil, serves one of the nation's wealthiest communities. The facility, known for its expertise and long-standing commitment to improving patient safety, is often described as one of the most advanced hospitals in the world. Before HIAE implemented a real-time locating system (RTLS), employees had to physically search for equipment. In this session, learn how the use of RTLS technology has resulted in an increase in staff productivity, because workers only need to look at the software in order to determine where items are located. In addition, hear how the facility is utilizing an RFID-enabled temperature-tracking system to monitor temperatures in its coolers for storing blood, tissue samples and pharmaceuticals.
Speaker:
Sérgio Arai, CIO, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein
Takeaways:
• How HIAE developed a three-phase plan, beginning with temperature tracking in cooling units, followed by asset management and, eventually, the tracking of individual patients
• Using RFID to benefit patients since the staff is able to provide fast service and quickly meet patient needs
5:15 PMGeneral Session:
Tracking Man-Hours With RFID
Construction firm Bechtel is using EPC Gen 2 RFID readers to capture the identities of construction workers, and to clock labor hours at a Chilean mining site located in the Andes Mountains. The RFID system has enabled the company to track thousands of man-hours on the site in less time, with fewer errors. In this session, learn how the system has enabled Bechtel's timekeeper's to stop utilizing a handwritten process, and instead move through the construction site twice daily to monitor labor via handheld RFID interrogators. After returning to the Bechtel office at the job site, the timekeepers employ a USB port to connect the handheld unit to the company's back-end system. The solution has eliminated the delay between when names are written on the job site and when they are input into the computer system. Hear how Bechtel uses the timekeepers' data not only to track man-hours for billing purposes, but also to monitor efficiency and ensure that projected work times are accurate.
Speaker:
Jaime Ramirez, Information Systems and Technology Field Manager, Los Bronces Project, Bechtel
Takeaways:
• The benefits of using radio frequency identification instead of bar codes
• Bechtel's intended future uses of RFID technology
6:00 PMConference Concludes

September 2, 2010

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0:00 AMRFIDSCM Training and Certification - Day 1
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September 3, 2010

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0:00 AMRFIDSCM Training and Certification - Day 2
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