RFID in Fashion

September 28, 2010 — 11 AM to 1:30 PM EDT

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Avery Dennison RIS
Deployment Guide Sponsor:
Checkpoint Systems
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Many apparel and footwear manufacturers are watching RFID pilots currently being undertaken by retailers and are wondering how RFID will impact them. In this RFID Journal Virtual Event, suppliers can gain insights into what is happening with RFID in retail apparel today and how they can benefit from working with retail partners to track individual items through the supply chain. The speakers will also address some of the practical issues that many apparel and footwear manufacturers have questions about, such as how to tag, where to tag, and how to integrate RFID data with their existing backend systems.

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11:00 AMChoosing Tags and Protecting Customer Privacy
This session will explain the different types of RFID tags (wet inlays, labels and so forth) used on apparel, and explore the different options for applying tags to apparel items. The presenter will explain the different features of UHF tags, including privacy features, and how to choose the proper tag for your needs.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
11:30 AMRFID Source-Tagging Options
Companies have four options for RFID-tagging items: ordering tags from a service bureau; overprinting and encoding RFID hangtags or labels with an RFID printer and appropriate software at their own facilities; mass-encoding items in a carton; or applying separate RFID tags at their own distribution facilities, associated to each item's UPC code, before the goods are shipped to stores. In this session, learn the details of each approach, as well as the pros and cons.
Raj Jayaraman, Director of Solutions and Market Development, Checkpoint Systems
12:00 PMEncoding Serialized Data in RFID Apparel Tags and Labels
Unlike bar codes, which can only identify a SKU number or product type, RFID tags combine a product code with a serial number to uniquely identify each item. This unique number allows tags to be read multiple times during inventory without confusion or inaccuracy. Properly writing or "encoding" these unique EPC numbers into RFID tags, either before or after they are applied to items, is essential. Traditionally, encoding was combined with variable data-printing processes, but there are other options. In this session, the presenter will discuss the full range of encoding methodologies, outlining what to consider when choosing the right solution for your business.
Larry Arnstein, VP of Business Development, Impinj
12:30 PMRFID Software and Systems Integration
Retailers and apparel suppliers have questions about how to integrate RFID software into their existing systems. This session will explain how to do so cost-effectively, and how the resultant data can be used to drive business value. In addition, the presenter will discuss what information needs to be on the tag, and why.
Zander Livingston, CEO and Co-founder, Truecount Corporation
1:00 PMSupply Chain Applications
RFID technology can dramatically improve supply chain operations. This session will cover outbound audits to ensure 100 percent shipping accuracy, receiving, electronic proof of delivery and other applications.
Jay Craft, VP Product Development, VF Jeanswear, LP
David Cromhout, RFID Research Center Research Director, University of Arkansas
1:30 PMVirtual Event Concludes