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.

16 Nov. 11:30

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 high-traffic website that ships to more than 100 countries worldwide. This session will cover River Island’s use of RFID from its initial trial to its rollout. Hear how the trials have been implemented, the benefits and learnings the company has obtained, and how the technology is delivering value today.
Speaker: Anna Szelag, Senior Safety & Loss Analyst, River Island
16 Nov. 12:15

Solution-Provider Session - Inventory Accuracy: The Key to Unlocking Omnichannel Conversion and Enhancing Consumer Experience Both On and Offline

Avery Dennison is a global leader in RFID-enabled solutions, with more than 800 patents, and applications and global manufacturing capabilities that have produced more than 10 billion RFID tags and labels to date. The company has an industry-leading solution-development team that supports customers from business case development to complete solution rollout. During this session, you will learn how RFID is enabling omnichannel success and driving consumer experience. For more information, visit, and follow Avery Dennison RFID on LinkedIn.
Speaker: Pete Moylan, Director of Market Development RFID Solutions, Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS), Avery Dennison
16 Nov. 12:30

Solution-Provider Sessions

Open to all conference attendees, these sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
16 Nov. 13:00

Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall

16 Nov. 14:00

Preparing for the Technology-Enabled Future of Retail

Retail is changing, as everyone knows. Social media and ubiquitous connectivity are driving new shopping habits and new consumer expectations. This session will focus on how companies can manage the transition to a new retailing paradigm in a way that is both meaningful and doable. Gain an understanding of the technologies that will enable this change, including RFID, as well as how stores will be reconfigured to serve new shopping habits and how the data-integrated supply chain is going to change. Dr. Hardgrave will share logical, business-driven steps to meet customer expectations and achieve real transformation.
Speaker: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean, Harbert College of Business , Auburn University
16 Nov. 14:45

RFID Brings Omnichannel to Italy's Store of the Future

Italian footwear retailer Store of the Future (SOTF) is using an EPC ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID-based system to bring more personalized service to customers as they try on shoes, while also enabling omnichannel sales. Customers can automatically view content about a particular pair of shoes and similar products as they try those shoes on, enabling them to select products not in the store and purchase them online. Learn how SOTF is using the technology to define its image as a cutting-edge business, while also bringing visibility to its inventory.
Speaker: Tommaso Andorlini, Owner, Store of the Future (SOTF)
16 Nov. 15:30

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

16 Nov. 16:00

Commercial Laundry Improves Visibility and Inventory Control With RFID

Commercial laundry and textiles rental company Fishers Services has equipped its "super laundry" in Glasgow with RFID readers to interrogate tags attached to the linens it provides to its customers, as well as on all bags and roll cages that it uses to ship those linens. This has enabled Fishers to easily view when goods are received, laundered and shipped to customers, and to thereby gain visibility into where those items are located, as well as which are delayed or may be missing. Learn how the use of passive UHF allows the laundry company to better manage its inventory of linens to prevent losses, while providing its customers with access to the collected data.
Speaker: Michael Jones, Managing Director, Fishers Services
16 Nov. 16:45

Improving Sales Through RFID Empowered Visual Merchandising

Many retailers are currently leveraging RFID either to increase inventory accuracy at the store level or to track replenishments from the back room. Retailers can effectively use the technology to avoid out-of-stocks and expand customers' ability to find and buy exactly what they want. Learn how retailers can exploit RFID technology to support visual merchandising and optimize windows, as well as store-area displays and corners. Gain an understanding of RFID-enabled metrics that can be used to improve store turnover per square meter ratio.
Speaker: Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D., Full Professor—Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
16 Nov. 17:30

Conference Concludes