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.

10 Nov. 11:30

Decathlon Uses RFID to Increase Sales and Reduce Shrinkage

Sporting goods retailer Decathlon, one of the largest sporting goods and sportswear retailers worldwide, increased sales last year. The company attributes part of that growth to an ambitious RFID deployment at all of its 951 stores worldwide, as well as at approximately 43 warehouses. During the same time period, Decathlon experienced a 9 percent reduction in shrinkage. Most of the stores are now using RFID technology for inventory checks at the point of sale and at security gates. Learn how the technology has not only improved stores' inventory accuracy, but also reduced labor on the part of workers who track inventory. Most stores can now conduct inventory checks five times faster than they did manually, and these locations are performing checks about twice as often.
Speaker: Jean-Marc Lieby, RFID Project Leader, Decathlon
10 Nov. 12:15

Solution-Provider Session - Checkpoint Systems (UK) Ltd.

Speaker: Neil Faulkner, Merchandise Visibility Account Manager, Checkpoint Systems (UK) Ltd.
10 Nov. 12:30

Solution-Provider Session - PervasID

Speaker: Dr. Sabesan Sithamparanathan, Founder and CEO, PervasID
10 Nov. 12:45

Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall

10 Nov. 14:00

Marks & Spencer Broadens and Deepens its RFID Use

A pioneer in the use of radio frequency identification, Marks & Spencer (M&S) is one of the United Kingdom's leading retailers, with some 760 stores. In 2001, M&S began using RFID to track deliveries of fresh food into distribution centers. In 2004, the company launched its RFID effort, deploying a solution to tag and track some clothing items at several locations. From 2012 to 2014, M&S saw a massive expansion in its deployment, to include 380 of its largest U.K. stores and more than 95 percent of its apparel and homeware. Since then, M&S has been busy investigating and trialing new uses of the technology across the entire scope of its operations. Learn why the firm expects the technology's future benefits to provide even greater merchandise visibility and accuracy, from suppliers through DCs and into stores, to support their omnichannel efforts. Hear how RFID will be used to reduce costs, make processes more efficient, improve accuracy and ultimately enhance top- and bottom-line performance.
Speaker: Richard Jenkins, Head of RFID Strategic Development , Marks & Spencer
10 Nov. 14:45

Sport Zone Uses RFID for Higher Stock Accuracy

Sport Zone, a prominent sporting goods retailer with more than 100 stores throughout Portugal and Spain, is using RFID to reduce out-of-stocks and improve sales. The firm successfully implemented the program at two pilot stores, resulting in increased sales and higher stock accuracy. Learn how the sales floor replenishment process has been improved, and how Sport Zone plans to use item-level RFID inventory management to support its future omnichannel supply chain initiatives.
Speaker: Miguel Teles, Head of Supply Chain and E-Commerce, Sport Zone
10 Nov. 15:30

Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

10 Nov. 16:00

Successfully Deploying RFID at John Lewis

John Lewis is a leading department store retailer in the United Kingdom, owned by The John Lewis Partnership, which also operates Waitrose supermarkets. In May 2016, the company concluded its RFID pilot and signed off on an aggressive plan to roll out RFID technology in selected fashion assortments across all of its branches during a three-month period. Hear how the firm engaged with 16,000 staff members to successfully deploy the system. Gain an understanding of the challenges John Lewis faced in embedding RFID and delivering the solution's benefits.
Speaker: Rob Mitchell, Manager, Selling Support, John Lewis
10 Nov. 16:45

The Business Case for RFID in Retail and Apparel

RFID Journal has conducted extensive research to understand the business case for RFID in apparel retail, and to create metrics that companies in that sector can use to determine the likely return on investment they could achieve by employing the technology to manage store inventory. In this session, we will explain the data used, and walk attendees through the financial model. Those in attendance will receive a copy of the report on which the presentation will be based, as well as an interactive spreadsheet they can utilize to explore the benefits they can expect to receive, based on their own store size, number of units, margin, labor costs and other inputs.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
10 Nov. 17:30

Conference Concludes