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.

Apr. 9 10:45 AM

Solution Provider Session: Always Accurate, Always Available: The Value of RFID Technology With Inventory in the Omni-Channel World

In today's demanding omni-channel retail environment, inventory visibility is critical for success. Join Randy Dunn and discover how RFID technology can ensure inventory accuracy and product availability throughout all channels, for reduced out-of-stocks and a superior customer experience.
Speaker: Randy Dunn, Director, Global Sales and Professional Services, Tyco Retail Solutions
Apr. 9 1:30 PM

Evolving Use Cases and Business Models for RFID in Retail

The use of RFID technology has been widespread in apparel and fashion for the past decade. However, use cases and business models for RFID deployments are rapidly changing and shifting, from cost-cutting solutions to use-case studies aimed at increasing turnover and the customer experience. Supply chain models are also changing, since traditional retailers are leveraging RFID data to enable new models borrowed from online stores. Learn how RFID is being used, and hear the latest case studies from Europe.
Speaker: Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D., Full Professor - Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
Apr. 9 2:20 PM

Supermarket Chain Benefits from Cold-Chain Monitoring Via RFID

Hy-Vee, a chain of 235 supermarkets located throughout the U.S. Midwest, is the first grocery retailer to utilize an all-inclusive, single-source RFID temperature-monitoring network. The system allows 100 percent cold chain monitoring and management capabilities, both inbound and outbound, from multiple suppliers, carriers, subsidiaries, distribution centers, transport carriers and retail stores. Learn how the solution enables Hy-Vee to ensure better-quality products for its customers.
Speaker: Kyle Oberender, Director of Safety, Hy-Vee
Apr. 9 3:10 PM

Can Online Retailers Be Disrupted? was founded in 1994, in the very early days of the World Wide Web. Since then, the company has had a major impact on the global retail landscape, paving the way for other online retailers and disrupting the business models of conventional "brick-and-mortar" retailers. Radio frequency identification gives companies with brick-and-mortar stores a chance to use technology to disrupt online retailers, by providing them with the inventory visibility necessary to become true omni-channel retailers, and to use stores as warehouses for same-day deliveries. But this can only be achieved if companies are using RFID for what it truly is—a disruptive technology. Learn how RFID should be properly viewed and deployed.
Speaker: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean, Harbert College of Business, Auburn University
Apr. 9 4:00 PM

RFID on Display Shoes Boosts Sales at Saks and Lord & Taylor

Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor, two department store chains owned by the Hudson's Bay Co., have deployed RFID tags on display shoes to ensure that the correct shoes are on the sales floor at all times. At Saks' flagship store in New York City, which has more than 4,000 individual shoes on display at any given time, it often took four days to manually check shoes on display. Now, sales associates use handheld RFID readers to collect information about samples in only 15 to 20 minutes. This means Saks can perform a 100 percent audit every day, prior to store opening, and ensure 100 percent representation. Hear how the system helps increase sales by ensuring customers can see all shoes for sale, and learn about Hudson's Bay's plans to roll the technology out to additional stores.
Speaker: Dan Smith, CIO, Hudson's Bay Co. and Saks Fifth Avenue
Apr. 10 9:00 AM

Improving the Guest Experience With RFID

Since 2011, guests at water parks have been able to queue using a system that utilizes a RFID wristband with display. The system allows them to book a ride from a kiosk with a prescheduled time slot. They may then enjoy other elements of the water park until the appointed time, without having to wait in line. Learn how the kiosk and wristband use dynamic RFID tagging to communicate, generating a display that enables guests to view a countdown timer to their ride.
Speaker: Chris Galley, CTO, Accesso Technology Group plc


  • • How this integration provides a level of interactivity that is not usually associated with RFID, enabling other items such as a balance on a cashless payment system to be displayed
  • Extending RFID protocol using dynamic tags
Apr. 10 9:45 AM

Video Production Company Uses RFID to Save Money and Time

Vital Entertainment Group provides video production services and equipment rental and sales to customers throughout the United States. The company works with very expensive video production equipment and accessories, and the inventory of equipment turns over often. To ensure that the proper equipment was returned at the expected time, as well as speed up the inventory process, the firm installed a low-cost, easy-to-use RFID system. The solution provided an automated response, enabling the real-time tracking of production equipment and products, as well as significantly increasing field security. Learn how Vital Entertainment Group improved efficiency, increased inventory accuracy by more than 50 percent and decreased labor costs.
Speaker: Chuck Blagmon, Owner, Vital Entertainment Group