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Item-Level Retail and Apparel Workshop

Retailers worldwide are employing RFID to track individual items, thereby improving inventory accuracy and enabling them to have products on shelves when customers want to buy them. During this workshop, you will hear where the benefits are and how to achieve them—plus, you'll get an update on the GS1 US Item Level RFID Initiative, which is helping to develop standard ways of deploying the technology and best practices.

Apr. 8 10:30 AM

RFID Basics

New to RFID? This optional session for all preconference attendees provides an introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a brief overview of the EPCglobal network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of EPC RFID, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Apr. 8 11:30 AM

RFID and EPC 101

New to RFID? Now is the time to understand the fundamentals of RFID technology.
  • RFID history, what RFID is, RFID and GS1 standards (EPC-enabled RFID), the components of an RFID system and the importance of serialization
Speakers: Justin Patton, Managing Director, RFID Research Center, University of Arkansas; Sue Hutchinson, Director of Portfolo Strategy, GS1 US; Melanie Nuce, VP of Industry Engagement, Retail Apparel and General Merchandise, GS1 US
Apr. 8 12:15 PM

Lunch

Apr. 8 1:00 PM

Supplier Use Cases: Where the Benefits of Item-Level RFID Are

Whether you are a brand owner or a retailer with private label goods, it's important to understand that EPC RFID technology can deliver value even before tagged goods arrive in stores. This session will cover the key uses of RFID that drive benefits, as identified by major research conducted by the RFID Research Center, as well as insight from early adopters. Leading brand owners and researchers will discuss potential and real-world deployments, and how RFID can be used to achieve cost savings and improve operations.
  • Auditing
  • Inbound-outbound validation
  • Work in progress
  • Anti-counterfeiting
  • Stock-taking
  • Other
Speakers: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean, Harbert College of Business, Auburn University; Jay Craft, VP Product Development, VF Jeanswear, LP
Apr. 8 1:45 PM

Retailer Use Cases: Where the Benefits of Item-Level RFID Are

RFID technology can be used for daily cycle counts, replenishment, promotions management, customer engagement and other in-store applications. But what are the basic applications of EPC RFID in the store that will deliver value to retailers? And which applications are likely to deliver the most value to particular types of retailers? This session will explain where the benefits are and which applications will deliver them. Speakers will address the roll of different applications in various retail formats, as well as the categories in which retailers are seeing the greatest benefits today.
  • Display compliance
  • Stock-taking
  • Omnichannel and fulfillment
  • Customer experience (dressing room and store floor)
  • Loss prevention
  • Point of sale
  • Other
Speakers: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean, Harbert College of Business, Auburn University; Pam Sweeney, SVP Logistics Systems, Macy's; Bill Connell, SVP Logistics and Operations, Macy's
Apr. 8 2:30 PM

Break

Apr. 8 2:45 PM

Planning Your Deployment

Having the right plans in place is critical to moving a deployment forward. The team will share with you the plans for a successful deployment, based on best practices and early learnings.
  • Planning your deployment
  • Reviewing the business case
  • Defining scope of implementation
  • Building a project team
  • Implementation—getting your product tagged
  • Evaluating tagged item performance
  • Forming a merchandise marking plan
  • Managing a serialization strategy
Speaker: Sue Hutchinson, Director of Portfolo Strategy, GS1 US
Apr. 8 3:30 PM

Meeting Wrap-up and Next Steps

Speaker: Melanie Nuce, VP of Industry Engagement, Retail Apparel and General Merchandise, GS1 US