RFID for Warehouse and Inventory Management
Most companies struggle with managing inventory in their warehouse. RFID represents an opportunity to greatly improve inventory visibility and management, and to automate some common tasks, such as receiving. During this preconference, you will learn about specific RFID technologies for warehouse and inventory management within the supply chain. You'll also take home some very practical tools, methods and implementation best practices to get your project started on the right path immediately.
Attendees with an All-Access or a Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass can choose to participate in any preconference seminar. Download a PDF of the full conference agenda.
May 9 › 10:30 AM
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
May 9 › 11:30 AM
Linking RFID to Inventory-Management Best Practices
RFID has finally reached a level of maturity at which a critical number of end users are benefiting from the technology at the warehouse level. This session will discuss practical examples of how these companies are using RFID to benefit from real-time visibility into their operations, and to improve their supply chain and inventory-management performance.
May 9 › 12:15 PM
May 9 › 1:00 PM
Targeting the Correct RFID Technology for the Right Project
This session will present proven methods used to discover profitable challenges that can be addressed with RFID, and specific tools for selecting the proper technology for your specific project. Wisely selecting the correct RFID candidate projects and the proper technology will help your organization minimize its investment, while improving supply chain efficiency more quickly.
May 9 › 1:45 PM
Key Steps in Building an Inventory-Management RFID Solution: Build Your Own RFID Portal
You've probably seen an RFID implementation that demonstrates the tracking of incoming and outgoing inventory at the warehouse dock door in the blink of an eye, and that automatically triggers events, warnings and processes. If you've ever wondered how to implement such a system, then this session is for you. We will assemble the solution from bare components, test the complete RFID-enabled portal and start conducting supply chain transactions (automated receiving and shipping, for example). This session will help you understand how to move from simple RFID data capture to real-time transactions, and enable the basis of building a smart supply chain easily and at a low entry cost. The next step will be for you to create your own RFID portal.
May 9 › 2:30 PM
May 9 › 2:45 PM
Designing Your RFID Solution
RFID is not just about tags and readers. It's a multi-layer system comprising different hardware and software technologies, integrated with your existing enterprise's back-end systems and connected to communication networks. Many scenarios can be envisioned to address an RFID initiative, each of which will have an impact on the solution's design, as well as its benefits—thus suggesting a trade-off analysis. This session will help you understand how to leverage RFID's ability to automatically identify objects, enable real-time inventory tracking and facilitate the tracking and tracing of products and related information throughout the supply chain—and how to design a solution accordingly.
May 9 › 3:30 PM
Building Your RFID Business Case
RFID can provide several advantages over existing automated-identification technologies in terms of supply chain and inventory management. In order to build a realistic business case and justify your investment, both qualitatively and quantifiably, you will need to accurately evaluate RFID's marginal impact and benefits over existing technologies. This session will help you understand how to measure the technology's impact on your supply chain process performance, by using specific key performance indicators. In addition, the presenters will explain how to document an RFID business case within your four walls, and throughout your supply chain.
May 9 › 4:15 PM