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

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. Leading brand owners and retailers will discuss real-world deployments and how they are using RFID to achieve cost savings and improve operations today.
Apr. 8 12:15 PM

Lunch

Apr. 8 1:00 PM

How to Tag Items and Manage Serialized Data

There are many different types of EPC RFID tags and options for applying them to items. Tags can be placed in hangtags, within existing labels or in new labels. They can also be applied at different times during the manufacturing process. And there are many different ways of encoding the tags. This session will explain the various factors that brand owners and retailers with private-label goods should consider when choosing the best option for their particular needs.
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. The speakers will also address the roles of different applications in various retail formats, as well as the categories in which retailers are seeing the greatest benefits.
Apr. 8 2:30 PM

Break

Apr. 8 2:45 PM

Beyond the Basics: Where Item-Level RFID Provides Competitive Advantage

In addition to the applications discussed during the previous session, RFID can also be used for loss prevention, improving the customer shopping experience, reducing lines at the point of sale, managing returns, reverse logistics and more. Learn how retailers that have solved their basic inventory issues and have achieved item-level visibility can take RFID to the next level with these additional applications—and gain a competitive advantage in the market.
Apr. 8 3:30 PM

Industry Standards and Next Steps

GS1 has been leading the effort to address how EPC RFID technology will be deployed at the item level, ensuring that brand-owners can take a unified approach with all of their retail customers. This session will bring retailers and brand owners up to date regarding the GS1 Item Level RFID Initiative's work. In addition, learn about the resources available to help companies prepare to tag goods for suppliers, or to begin a retail pilot.