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.

May 4 11:00 AM

Herman Kay Uses RFID to Track and Improve Garment Production

Herman Kay Co., a manufacturer of coats and outerwear for women and men, has deployed an RFID-based tracking system that is leading to measurable improvements in its operations. The company markets its products under Michael Kors, Anne Klein and other brand names, and garments equipped with RFID tags are stored and transported to retailers on hangers. Learn how the data characterizing each garment is associated with its electronic RFID tag, enabling the firm to make sure orders are correctly packaged and shipped to customers. Hear how the technology can be used in the future, from warehouse to shipping dock.
Speaker: Richard Haig, CIO/CTO , Herman Kay Co.
May 4 11:50 AM

Solution Provider Session: How Leading Global Retailers and Brand Owners Capture Solid ROI With RFID

SML will share case studies and real return on investment (ROI) results that show the best methods to go about deploying RFID solutions in retail. What is the best way to implement an RFID solution in retail for use at the manufacturing site, during distribution and/or in the store? The ROI can differ dramatically depending on how a company deploys RFID infrastructure, and on the use case in the supply chain and/or in the store. Learn how SML is helping retailers create retail 3.0 and fulfill omnichannel strategies, as well as improving go-to-market velocity, increasing sourcing flexibility and reducing the risk of changing over to RFID tags.
Speaker: Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP, RFID Solutions, SML
May 4 12:30 PM

Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall

May 4 3:00 PM

RFID and Inventory Control in the Cloud

White Pine Trading, one of the world's leading recycled diamond and fine jewelry companies, is using RFID to more efficiently process inventory while reducing data-entry errors. With more than 30,000 items in stock represented by 9,000 SKUs, the firm is using the technology to ensure its ability to distribute products that are unique, highly mobile, very expensive and very small. Every piece in stock is labeled with a disposable RFID tag that is fully integrated with its inventory database. Learn how the firm is using RFID to create shipments containing hundreds of items in a few minutes and perform stock counts of its entire inventory in a single day. Hear how White Pine is continuing to develop new use cases for the system, including several that enable business processes that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive.
Speaker: Joe Mellet, VP of Strategy, Operations and Technology, White Pine Trading
May 4 3:50 PM

Award Finalists Session: Best New Product, Group 3

This award 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.
May 4 4:40 PM

River Island Uses RFID to Improve Visibility and Combat Loss

Fashion brand River Island operates more than 350 stores throughout Europe, the Philippines and the Middle East, as well as a website that ships to more than 100 countries worldwide. This session will cover River Island's use of RFID from trial to rollout. Hear how the trials have been implemented, the benefits and learnings the company has obtained, and the next steps of the project.
Speaker: Jon Wright, Head of Loss Prevention and Safety, River Island
May 5 9:00 AM

RFID Is Key to Improving Customer Service

A global car-rental company has deployed RFID technology to identify the locations of car keys, thereby reducing customers' waiting times and automating the collection of data related to when the vehicles are returned. The solution consists of key fobs with embedded passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID inlays, as well as the installation of readers in sales counters, at the lock boxes in which customers can return car keys when sales offices are closed, and at the bins where the keys of cleaned vehicles are deposited. Leveraging its own management software, the car-rental company uses the RFID data to track where in the office the key is located for a particular car that will be rented, as well as, in some cases, when a vehicle was returned and when it is ready for its next rental. Hear how the system has reduced the number of customer complaints by 30 percent, and how it has automated the collection of vehicle return times.
May 5 9:45 AM

Eliminating Out-of-Stocks Via RFID

A discount retailer is adopting a company-wide RFID-tagging program to manage its inventory on an item-level basis at many or all of its stores. The deployment, which will begin with about a dozen stores, will use smart labels, made with passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags and attached to merchandise in "key categories," including women's, baby and kids' apparel, as well as home décor. For the rollout, product suppliers will attach price tags with integrated RFID inlays to merchandise at the point of manufacture, in the same manner that they previously used to attach price tags. Hear how the firm plans to use item-level RFID inventory management to support its omnichannel supply chain initiatives.
May 5 10:30 AM

Shoe Store Engages Customer Interest With RFID

A chain of shoe stores that specializes in sports footwear is using passive EPC UHF RFID technology to connect its customers with information regarding shoes on display, saving them time they would otherwise have to wait for employees to search for shoes in the back room. The system consists of interactive displays and cloud-based software that offers information about other products in which customers might be interested while they are shopping at the store. The presenter will share how the use of the technology has increased the speed of the shopping process, while also making workers more productive and boosting the store's image for innovation.