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Several major retailers are asking, or plan to ask, apparel manufacturers to tag individual items. This workshop is designed to quickly bring those new to RFID up to speed, by providing all of the information necessary to begin tagging individual garments, including tagging options, managing serialized data and more.

RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through an All-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.

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April 3, 2012

10:30 AM

RFID Basics
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.

Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together

11:30 AM

Where the Benefits Are for Suppliers
In January 2012, the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center released the next phase of its supplier ROI project study. The study, involving seven of the highest-volume EPC-enabled retail apparel suppliers, specifically focused on areas of value, and offered significant findings regarding how RFID can help save money and improve efficiencies in supplier operations, particularly in the inbound-receiving, pick/pack and outbound-audit processes. RFID will have a broad long-term impact on retailer claims, shipment accuracy, ordering processes, data transfer and ASN, as well as many other fundamental aspects of the apparel supplier's relationship with the retailer. This study contains actual data that finally shows the magnitude of these changes as they occur.

David Cromhout, RFID Research Center Research Director, University of Arkansas

12:15 PM

Getting Started: Key Considerations For Suppliers
As a supplier, you may have been asked (or likely soon will be) to tag items for one or more retailers. To satisfy retailer requirements and understand how RFID may provide a payback for a supplier, there are many questions to ask, such as: How do you get started? Where in the supply chain should items be tagged? How are tags affixed to merchandise? How are tags encoded with an Electronic Product Code? What read points are necessary within a manufacturing facility or distribution center to meet requirements and, more importantly, to generate payback on an investment? This session will explore these and many other questions pertaining to suppliers' use of radio frequency identification.

Justin Patton, RFID Research Center Managing Director, University of Arkansas

12:45 PM

Update on the Item Level RFID Initiative
The Item Level RFID Initiative (ILRI) is an industry effort devoted to developing measurable value propositions for retailers, suppliers and other stakeholders, as well as standards-based guidelines and business practices for each use case to support industry rollout. A group of leading retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, industry associations, technology providers and academia will define a strategy for the phased introduction of this technology within the global supply chain. Hear about ILRI's progress to date, as well as planned efforts to enable the use of EPC RFID technologies to enhance efficiencies for all stakeholders.

Joseph Andraski, President & CEO, VICS
Patrick Javick, VP of Industry Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise, GS1 US

1:00 PM


1:45 PM

Tagging Individual Apparel Items: A Case Study
Jockey International has been working with retail partners for several years to create tagging strategies. Get advice about how to select tags, determine the right location for tag placement, and learn how to integrate RFID tagging with your manufacturing line without slowing it down, as well as how to manage serialized data and other issues that are critical for suppliers to understand.

Mike Mirsberger, Senior Director, Supply Chain Performance, Jockey International

2:30 PM

RFID Solutions for Item-Level Tagging
RFID technology providers have developed solutions designed for suppliers looking to tag individual items. In this session, hear from three companies offering item-level tagging solutions that could reduce the complexity of tagging individual items.

Justin Patton, RFID Research Center Managing Director, University of Arkansas
Larry Arnstein, VP of Business Development, Impinj
Philip Calderbank, VP Global RFID, SML (USA) Inc.
Suresh Palliparambil, Director of Business Development and Sales, NXP Semiconductors

3:15 PM


3:30 PM

How to Tag Items and Manage Tag Serialization for Suppliers
There are many things to consider when it comes to EPC-tagging individual items, including tag selection, location and attachment, as well as the serialization of tag IDs. This session will take attendees through the steps required to successfully tag items, and explain the different options for tagging and the fundamentals of managing serialized product identifiers. What's more, the speakers will cover the correct questions to ask retailer partners and tag providers, to ensure that you tag correctly and cost-effectively in order to get the most out of your EPC-tagging program.       

David Cromhout, RFID Research Center Research Director, University of Arkansas
Michele Southall, Director, Implementation Support, GS1 US

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RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.

All conference sessions are subject to change, and RFID Journal reserves the right to alter dates, programs and speakers at any time, as circumstances dictate. Sessions without assigned speakers indicate a target topic; every effort will be made to ensure that a program of equivalent standard and value is available.

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