Retail and apparel companies have been among the early adopters of RFID technologies, both internally and within their shared supply chains. Many businesses are already seeing benefits, and are prepared to share their insights about those benefits, as well as the implementation issues they needed to address before achieving them.

View a short video that shows how RFID is benefiting retailers today.

Apr. 16 2:00 PM

Marks & Spencer Broadens and Deepens its RFID Use

A pioneer in the use of radio frequency identification, Marks & Spencer (M&S) is one of the United Kingdom's leading retailers, with some 760 stores. In 2001, M&S began using RFID to track deliveries of fresh food into distribution centers. In 2004, the company launched its RFID effort, deploying a solution to tag and track some clothing items at several locations. From 2012 to 2014 M&S saw a massive expansion in its deployment - to include 380 of its largest U.K. stores and more than 95% of its apparel and home ware. Since then, M&S has been busy investigating and trialing new uses of the technology across the entire scope of their operations. Learn why the firm expects the technology's future benefits to provide even greater merchandise visibility and accuracy, from supplier through DC’s and into stores, to support their omni channel efforts. Hear how RFID will be used to reduce cost, make processes more efficient, improve accuracy and ultimately enhance top line and bottom line performance.
Speaker: Richard Jenkins, Head of RFID Strategic Development, Marks & Spencer
Apr. 16 2:50 PM

Solution Provider Session: Understanding ROI for RFID in Retail—Are You a Good Candidate?

As consumer expectations continue to grow, now more than ever, inventory accuracy and visibility is a business imperative—and it starts with RFID. But how can you know if your retail chain is a good candidate for RFID? And if you are, what ROI benefits can you expect? Tyco Retail Solutions and ChainLink Research are joining together for a research- and experience-based session with practical tools to help you decide if RFID is right for you, and the best ways to get started. Learn about the actual ROI achieved in retail RFID implementations, the mechanisms for those returns, and how the right candidates can successfully adopt and deploy real-world solutions.
Speakers: Scot Stelter, Senior VP, RFID and Internet of Things, ChainLink Research; Steve Schattmaier, Director of Professional Services, TYCO RETAIL SOLUTIONS
Apr. 16 3:30 PM

Refreshment Break

Apr. 16 4:00 PM

Luxottica Improves Returns Traceability and Profitability With NFC

Luxottica Group, the world leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear, is using NFC technology to manage unsold glasses that are returned from customers in 27 European countries. The project enables the company's after-sales department to trace the crediting, quality control, refurbishing and packaging activities of almost 2 million pairs of glasses annually. An NFC tag in the shape of a small badge with a lanyard is applied to each item, enabling the firm to read directly from a tablet, identify the glasses and record all subsequent activities. Learn how the project has enabled Luxottica to automate identification and traceability that was previously carried out by paper forms and complex reporting activities.
Speaker: Gian Stefano Fantini, Global After Sales Executive, Luxottica Group
Apr. 16 4:50 PM

Moods of Norway Increases Sales Via RFID

Scandinavian clothing company Moods of Norway (MoN) has equipped 13 of its stores with RFID technology to better manage its inventory. This deployment follows a six-month pilot that boosted sales of men's shirts and suits by double digits. During the pilot (which consisted of tagging men's shirts and suits, and using a handheld reader to conduct inventory counts on the sales floor), the system not only provided 98 to 99 percent inventory accuracy, but also reduced the amount of labor employees spent performing manual inventory checks, thereby enabling more frequent checks. Learn how MoN expanded the program to include men's suits, and how it expects to tag all children's, sports, women's and men's clothing, as well as footwear, for the spring and summer 2015 seasons.
Speaker: Hans Petter Hübert, Supply Chain Manager, Moods of Norway
Apr. 17 9:00 AM

Ritani Uses RFID to Engage Shoppers, Increase Sales

Jewelry company Ritani is using an RFID solution enabling retailers that sell their jewelry to automatically display information about merchandise that customers asked to see, and also allows those shoppers to share the items' images after making a purchase. Store management can collect data regarding sales-floor behavior, including which items have been viewed, the percentage that were purchased and employees' sales rates. Learn how the technology can provide shoppers at brick-and-mortar stores with the advantages they can gain during online shopping—such as easy access to data about a product and the ability to scroll to similar items before making a purchase.
Speaker: Simon Tam, CTO, Ritani
Apr. 17 9:45 AM

Brascol Uses RFID to Improve Inventory Control

Brascol, a leading wholesaler and distributor of babies' and children's clothing in Brasil, has deployed a radio frequency identification solution to optimize control of its inventory, increase operational savings and provide an improved service experience to customers. Learn how the firm has used the technology to successfully reduce the average checkout time for customers by one-third.
Speaker: Antonio Almeida, Superintendent, Brascol
Apr. 17 10:30 AM

Best New Product, Group 3

This award, formerly Best in Show, will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product: Siemens Industry Inc., for its SIMATIC line of UHF readers optimized for use in industrial settings; Thin Film Electronics, for its adhesive printed electronic label that features memory, temperature-sensing, battery and display components; Tyco Retail Solutions, for its RFID UHF antenna with beam-steering technology in a low-profile housing designed for use in retail environments; Zebra Technologies, for its athlete tracking solution that provides coaches, teams, media and leagues with unprecedented performance and playing statistics.

Speakers: Mark Hall, RFID & Code Reading Consultant, Siemens; Jennifer Ernst, Chief Strategy Officer, Thin Film Electronics; Rich Marshall, Sr. Manager, Solutions Marketing, TYCO RETAIL SOLUTIONS; Jan Anderson, Sr. Manager, Product Development, TYCO RETAIL SOLUTIONS; Eric Petrosinelli, General Manager of Sports, Zebra Technologies Corporation