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Retail/Consumer Packaged Goods

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





What You Will Learn From This Track:

• How RFID is helping American Apparel to achieve 99% inventory accuracy at their RFID-enabled stores
• Using RFID to reduce labor costs by eliminating the need for taking inventory manually
• How to achieve internal benefits while meeting the RFID mandates of retailers
• How to integrate EPC tagging with back-end systems
• Hard data and new insights regarding the ROI companies can achieve from radio frequency identification
• How item-level tagging can benefit the supply chain outside of a store
• How Conair developed its own RFID solution
• An understanding of the company's business drivers for implementing RFID
• How manufacturers, 3PL companies and retailers can all benefit from improved supply chain visibility with RFID
• How to develop applications supporting the EPC network, enabling the secure exchange and traceability of data between supply chain partners
• An understanding of the complexities and feasibilities of using RFID for automated checkout
• Insights into the impact RFID-enabled checkout will have on other retailers, and where it is expected to gain traction

April 28, 2009

11:30 am—Breakout Session
American Apparel Stocks Up on RFID to Stay Competitive
After evaluating the positive results of an item-level RFID tagging project at its stores, American Apparel is expanding the program and has begun to use the technology to track merchandise in selected stores. Known for its wide range of colors, styles and sizes available in the firm’s extensive apparel line, American Apparel is using RFID to keep the sales floors well stocked, gaining a competitive edge. Hear how the retailer evaluated the technology and prepared for the program, as well as the results and the future of RFID at American Apparel.
Speaker:
Zander Livingston, CEO and Co-founder, Truecount Corporation
Takeaways:
• How RFID is helping American Apparel to achieve 99% inventory accuracy at their RFID-enabled stores
• Using RFID to reduce labor costs by eliminating the need for taking inventory manually
Learn How Cephalon Is Leveraging RFID to Enhance Shipping Accuracy and Container Traceability
      Sponsored by: OATSystems, a division of Checkpoint Systems
Learn How to Achieve ROI in Retail Apparel With UHF RFID
      Sponsored by: NXP Semiconductors
NXP's RFID Solutions: Securing Your Data and Assets
      Sponsored by: NXP Semiconductors
Leveraging RFID as a Recovery Strategy
      Sponsored by: Xterprise
"Unclonable" RFIDs - Elevating Trust in RFIDs to a New Level
      Sponsored by: Verayo
Achieving Product Traceability: From Manufacturing Through Distribution to Product in the Hands of End Customers
      Sponsored by: SAP
Using Real-Time Visibility for Efficient Asset Management
      Sponsored by: CHEP
3:00 pm—Breakout Session
SentrySafe Locks in Savings With RFID
SentrySafe, a leading manufacturer of safes for homes and businesses, was among the third wave of suppliers required to tag shipments to Wal-Mart. In the process of meeting the retailer’s RFID tagging requirements, the company also developed an internal process that utilizes RFID and Web-based interfaces to its SAP system to track the movements of products among plants and distribution centers. Learn how the company achieved internal cost savings and improved inventory accuracy while complying with retail mandates.
Speaker:
David Lewis, Business Analyst, SentrySafe
Takeaways:
• How to achieve internal benefits while meeting the RFID mandates of retailers
• How to integrate EPC tagging with back-end systems
3:50 pm—Breakout Session
Is Automated Checkout RFID's Killer App?
Sam’s Club’s announcement that it plans to employ RFID tags to automate the checkout process is a potentially game-changing event. If viable, automated checkout would dramatically reduce checkout times, enhance the customer experience and cause retailers not using RFID to take note. This session will focus on whether automated checkout is viable, when the technology might become available, how it can be implemented and additional retail RFID applications that could improve the customer experience.
Speaker:
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Takeaways:
• An understanding of the complexities and feasibilities of using RFID for automated checkout
• Insights into the impact RFID-enabled checkout will have on other retailers, and where it is expected to gain traction

April 29, 2009

Active RFID Provides Total Asset Visibility in Large-scale Construction Projects
      Sponsored by: IDENTEC SOLUTIONS AG
From Factory to Front Door-Closing the Asset Visibility Gap
      Sponsored by: ODIN
RFID Technology in the Supply Chain: Tomorrow's Supply Chain Technology Today
      Sponsored by: iGPS (Intelligent Global Pooling Systems)
The Business Case for Auto-ID Solutions Within Facilities and Throughout the Supply Chain
      Sponsored by: Savi Technology
What You Don't Know About RFID Might Be Hurting Your Business
      Sponsored by: Motorola
Perishables Traceability: Critical for Today's Supply Chains
      Sponsored by: IBM
Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group: Overview of World RFID Deployments in Oil and Gas
      Sponsored by: Oil & Gas RFID Solution Group Consortium
1:40 pm—Breakout Session
Making the Business Case for Item-Level Tagging
Retailers of all types can benefit from deploying item-level tagging. What is the potential impact on ROI? This session will explain the benefits and costs studied in real-world settings, by the University of Arkansas’ RFID Research Center. Hear how RFID can be employed as an electronic article surveillance technology; for more frequent, efficient and accurate inventory counting; to reduce out-of-stocks; to determine the accuracy and efficiency of shipping; and to examine more useful information to benefit both companies and customers.
Speaker:
Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean and Wells Fargo Professor, College of Business, Auburn University
Takeaways:
• Hard data and new insights regarding the ROI companies can achieve from radio frequency identification
• How item-level tagging can benefit the supply chain outside of a store
2:30 pm—Breakout Session
Using RFID to Become Compliant and Improve the Supply Chain
Conair offers a variety of products, from personal grooming tools to upscale kitchen appliances. Faced with meeting retailers' RFID mandates, the company had the daunting task of tagging the cases and pallets it shipped without incurring high costs. Conair also worked with U.S. Customs and Homeland Security to solve several cargo security challenges. In this session, learn how and why the firm developed a suite of solutions ranging from item-level labels for source tagging to EPC-compliant ISO 17712 high-security cargo seals and cargo GPS devices. Discover the advantages of employing RFID at the manufacturer and supplier levels. Learn how Conair's approach enabled it to quickly become compliant while staying within budget, and how the firm is realizing benefits as a result of RFID-tagging. Conair is currently source-tagging all products supplied to Sam's Club at the item level, and is ready to do the same for Wal-Mart and others. Learn Conair's plans for the future, and why RFID is part of its strategy to remain competitive.
Speakers:
Paul Arguin, Conair/USA ID Director of Engineering and Technology, CONAIR/USA ID
John Mayorek, Senior VP, Conair; President, Conair USA ID, CONAIR/USA ID
Takeaways:
• How Conair developed its own RFID solution
• An understanding of the company's business drivers for implementing RFID
3:20 pm—Breakout Session
Tracking and Tracing Products From Manufacturer to Customer: The Results of a Successful European RFID Project
Recently, 13 European brands in the fast-moving consumer goods field collaborated on an innovative logistics pilot designed to validate the feasibility and benefits of using RFID to track and trace goods from the point of manufacture to the point of sale. Learn how two leading European retailers, a packaging company, a logistics provider and several manufacturers—including Danone, Nestlé and Parmalat—are using the findings of the project.
Speaker:
Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D., Full Professor - Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
Takeaways:
• How manufacturers, 3PL companies and retailers can all benefit from improved supply chain visibility with RFID
• How to develop applications supporting the EPC network, enabling the secure exchange and traceability of data between supply chain partners


RFID Journal LIVE! 2009 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

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