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  TRACKS
Supply Chain/Inventory Management
Distribution/Logistics
Manufacturing/Operations
 
 
November 8  
     
PRE-CONFERENCE AGENDA
   
7:00 a.m.CompTIA RFID+ Certification Training
Presented in partnership with RFID4U

 
12:00 p.m. Working lunch
General Session: RFID Basics

12:00 p.m. RFID Journal University
 
5:00 p.m.Preconference seminar ends

 

CONFERENCE AGENDA
 
5:30 p.m.Welcome and Introduction
Speakers:
 Mark Roberti, Founder & Editor, RFID Journal
 Art Smith, President & CEO, EPCglobal Canada

 
5:45 p.m.Opening Keynote
Loblaw offered its distribution centers and stores as a test bed for a joint 6-month pilot project with the Canadian RFID Centre and other Canadian food companies to see how RFID implementation can not only benefit the retailer but also the manufacturer. In this session, you will hear about how one of the most collaborative RFID pilot is doing, what has been assessed, and what developments have been made for the business case in the food industry.
Speakers:
 Roman Coba, Senior VP, Loblaw Companies Limited
Takeaways:
Insight into the first results of a 6-month RFID pilot for the food Industry
Strategies in using RFID to benefit both partners in manufacturing and retail

 
6:30 p.m.Opening cocktail reception 
     
8:00 p.m.End of cocktail reception 
     

November 9
     
CONFERENCE AGENDA
     
7:30 a.m.Continental breakfast

 
8:30 a.m.Welcome and Introduction
Speakers:
 Mark Roberti, Founder & Editor, RFID Journal
 Art Smith, President & CEO, EPCglobal Canada

 
9:00 a.m.RFID/EPC Standards in the Aerospace Sector
Leading aerospace companies may have agreed to a common RFID standard, but where does full RFID implementation stand in the aerospace industry? This panel discussion will focus on how the aerospace industry is coping with the uncertainty of economic feasibility to reap the full benefits of RFID tags.
Speakers:
 Nicolas Bondarenco, Deputy RFID Project Manager, IATA
 Ken Porad, Program Manager, Automated Identification Program,
     Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group
Moderator:
 Mark Roberti, Founder & Editor, RFID Journal

 
9:45 a.m.Staples Business Depot (Canada) Measures Process Benefits of RFID
Staples Business Depot (Canada), the 260-store Canadian subsidiary of this global office-products leader, has completed an end-to-end supply-chain pilot from a group of its vendors to a delivery center, as well as direct-to-store to test the process benefits of utilizing EPC-ready Gen 2 technology.
Speakers:
 Jeff Aschroft, VP, Logistics Supply Chain, PricewaterhouseCoopers
 Steve Del Fatti, Project Manager, Unisource Canada
 Andrew Mitchell, Director, Wireless Solutions, Bell Canada
 Joe Soares, Dir., Retail Processes, Staples Business Depot (Canada)
Takeaways:
Components and make-up of an end-to-end RFID pilot project
Analyzing the process benefits of utilizing RFID technology in your supply chain
Lessons learned and future opportunities for RFID applications
How to create a collaborative RFID pilot among supply-chain partners

 
10:30 a.m.Refreshment break in Exhibit Hall

 
11:10 a.m.RFID/EPC in the Canadian Context
EPCglobal Canada has been supporting the global development, adoption and maintenance of EPC and RFID standards. This panel discussion will explore how EPC technologies will benefit companies doing business in Canada, the state of data-sharing and other critical standards, the obstacles to adoption and what's being done to enable companies in Canada to leverage EPC technologies today.
Panelists:
 Roman Coba, Senior VP, Loblaws
 Art Smith, President & CEO, EPCglobal Canada
Moderator:
 Mark Roberti, Founder & Editor, RFID Journal

 

  11:40 a.m. Breakout Sessions
  
 Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
SecurityCanadian Freight Courier Rolls Out RFID

Liaison Can/U.S. Courier, a Montreal, Quebec, company that provides International Logistic services decided to add RFID-based systems to its operations so it could maintain an inventory on the cargo it stores and transports for its clients while helping to provide a higher level of security and control for the goods.
Speaker:
 Daniel Rosetti, Director of Operations, Liaison Can US
Takeaways:
Real-life benefits of RFID technology in an SMB distribution center
Strategies for gaining benefits from active and passive tags in the supply chain
Understanding how best to integrate real-time data with the enterprise inventory system
 
   
 Distribution/Logistics:
Case Study—Combining RFID with Other Technology for Tracking

A Canadian provider of truck scales and weighing systems is providing a forestry tracking and management system that uses RFID and GPS technology. Four logging and sawmill operators in the Quebec area are now using the company's Virtual AT (Virtual Authorization for Transportation) system.
Speaker:
 Jean-Francis Dion, Electrical Engineer, Balance Bourbeau
Takeaways:
Best practices for combining RFID and GPS
Insights into the potential of RFID to improve distribution and logistics operations
 
   
 Manufacturing/Operations:
Logistics Provider Does the Tagging for Wal-Mart Supplier

At the start of this year, another 200 Wal-Mart suppliers were expected to start RFID-tagging pallets and cases of their products set for delivery to the retailer's RFID-enabled distribution centers in Texas. Atlas Cold Storage, a food industry warehousing and distribution services company will share how it is helping two of Wal-Mart's suppliers create a new revenue stream and saving its customer time and money.
Speaker:
 Paul Dennis, VP, Bus. Integration & Effectiveness, Atlas Cold Storage
Takeaways:
How to scale an RFID tagging system
How to reduce labor costs while meeting tagging mandates
 
   
   
 
12:30 p.m.Lunch in the exhibit hall

 

  1:55 p.m. Sponsored Breakout Sessions
  
 Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
Implementing RFID in the Supply Chain: New Paradigms

As RFID becomes established as a more mature technology in the supply chain, significant changes are taking place in how RFID is deployed. Symbol Technologies will discuss critical trends in this regard, including the advent of an entirely new class of RFID readers—Mobile RFID—and its impact on the economics and scalability of RFID implementations. The speaker will also assess the impact of increasing manageability requirements as RFID grows into a true enterprise solution, and how both proven and new technologies can be combined to enable the enterprise to ensure a steady, robust flow of critical RFID data.
Speaker:
 Pankaj Shukla, Director, RFID Business Development,
     Symbol Technologies
Takeaways:
An understanding of the latest mobile RFID technologies and their capabilities
How to best implement RFID with other technologies
 
   
 Distribution/Logistics
RFID-enabled Six Sigma Supply Chains

In this session, IBM and its business partner, OAT Systems, will show how RFID can help to enable Six Sigma performance in the supply chain, specifically in logistics processes. Six Sigma, as well as other best practices principles like lean manufacturing, require process control, and without the ability to monitor and observe those processes in real time, this can be a very difficult objective to meet. RFID potentially changes all that. This presentation will describe some of the emerging results on the use of RFID in logistics to drive significant top-line and bottom-line benefits.
Speaker:
  Shai Verma, RFID Practice Leader, IBM Canada Ltd
 Venkat Krishnamurthy, Chief Technology Officer, OAT Systems
Takeaways:
Understanding the potential six sigma benefits with the help of RFID in the supply chain.
 
   
 Manufacturing/Operations
RFID—An Enabling Technology

Hewlett-Packard, an expert in multi-faceted RFID solutions, will share insights from its own RFID deployments and case studies from deployments of the technology in several industry sectors. An early adopter of RFID in its own operations and a participant in global RFID standards development, Hewlett-Packard will provide a view of the future of RFID across all industries.
Speaker:
 Victor Garcia, Chief Technology Officer, Hewlett Packard (Canada) Co.
Takeaways:
Insight into the current global RFID standards development
Understanding the multi-faceted uses of RFID across all manufacturing/operations industries
 
   

  2:40 p.m. Sponsored Breakout Sessions
  
 Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
Leveraging EPC Discovery Services

The EPCglobal Network will enable machine-to-machine communication through the EPC Information Service, a set of standardized interfaces for sharing data securely. More commonly known as "EPCIS", these interfaces are only fully enabled by EPC Discovery Services. Listen to how companies will be able to use the Discovery Service to track and trace as well as other applications that will drive real business value.
Speaker:
 Michael Young, Senior Director of Technology, Afilias
Takeaways:
An understanding of the value of EPCIS
Insights into how companies can leverage discovery services
 
   
 Distribution/Logistics:
Examining the Can-Trace Initiative

Can-Trace is a collaborative and open initiative committed to the development of traceability standards for all food products sold in Canada. In this session, hear how the collaboration of several government and industry leaders has achieved the Canadian Food Traceability Data Standard, how the initiative fits with existing programs, and the business case of adding traceability to an organization.
Speaker:
 Art Smith, President & CEO, EPCglobal-Canada
Takeaways:
Understanding how to best add traceability into your business
Insights into how to work the Canadian Food Traceability Data Standard with existing systems
 
   
 Manufacturing/Operations:
RFID in Manufacturing: Three Case Studies

RFID is about more than meeting mandates. It can help companies improve through put, reduce manufacturing errors and improve shipping accuracy--all while lowering operating costs. In this session, you will learn how three companies--Boeing, Club Car and Procter & Gamble, used RFID systems within their manufacturing operations to lower costs and achieve real process improvements.
Speakers:
 Mark Roberti, Founder & Editor, RFID Journal
Takeaways:
Insights into how three industry leaders used RFID internally
Best tips for getting the most out of internal RFID deployments
 
   
   

  3:25 p.m. Sponsored Breakout Sessions
  
 Supply Chain/Inventory Management:
How to Build a Collaborative RFID Initiative

Three years ago, Hydro-Quebec and The Société des Alcools du Québec started to consider optimizing their Supply Chain using RFID. It soon became apparent that their suppliers had a major part in this initiative. Headed by a university research team, a methodology was developed with these companies and their suppliers. In this presentation you will learn about the open-loop Supply Chain methodology developed to identify the potential impacts and benefits on all levels of the supply chain.
Speakers:
 Ygal Bendavid, Research Associate, École Polytechnique de Montréal
 Harold Boeck, Professor of Marketing, University of Sherbrooke
Takeaways:
Best strategies for getting suppliers to adopt your RFID standards
Understanding how to successfully implement RFID across all levels in the supply chain
 
   
 Distribution/Logistics:
Using RFID for Global Asset and Product Tracking

The world's largest supplier of wooden pallets has implemented an enterprise-wide global RFID solution after experiencing much success from its field trial. In this session, you will learn about how the company overcame the challenges in effectively tagging products in a highly volatile environment and how to best integrate RFID data with back-end systems.
Speakers:
 Puneet Sawhney, Global Program Manager, RFID, CHEP
Takeaways:
How to best implement asset and product tracking systems globally
Understanding the challenges in working together with global implementation partners
 
   
   
4:10 p.m.Refreshment break in exhibit hall
   
4:15 p.m.Closing Keynote:
How Wal-Mart Leverages RFID Data To Create Business Value

In this thought-provoking session, you'll learn how Wal-Mart is using RFID data to help reduce out-of-stocks by 16%. You will learn the goals and how the world's largest retailer plans to take advantage of what it learned from its U.S. rollout of EPC technology to streamline its Canadian supply chain.
Speakers:
 Carolyn Walton, VP of Information, Systems Div., Wal-Mart
   
5:00 p.m.Conference adjourns

 


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