RFID Journal LIVE! 2016Preconference SeminarsItem-Level Retail and Apparel Workshop

Item-Level Retail and Apparel Workshop

Retailers worldwide are employing RFID to track individual items, thereby improving inventory accuracy and enabling them to have products on shelves when customers want to buy them. During this workshop, you will hear where the benefits are and how to achieve them—plus, you'll get an update on the GS1 US Item Level RFID workgroup, which is helping to develop standard ways of deploying the technology and best practices. 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.

May 3 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.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
May 3 11:30 AM

GS1 US Item Level RFID Industry Update

Join GS1 US for a discussion about the current state of RFID deployment in the retail industry and GS1 US's Item Level RFID workgroup. During this session, you will hear about the community's role in helping the retail industry deliver the inventory accuracy needed to support a unified omnichannel consumer experience. The Item Level RFID workgroup gathers together the leading retailers and brands that are currently deploying and/or investigating RFID technology. The workgroup provides a forum for peer-to-peer outreach and implementation lesson sharing, to develop guidelines and best practices, ensure investment sustainability, demonstrate the technology's ongoing benefits across business processes and reinforce the technology's responsible use. Learn where leading retailers are headed and better understand the categories in which RFID is being deployed.
Speaker: Patrick Javick, Director of Industry Engagement, GS1 US
May 3 12:15 PM


May 3 1:00 PM

Supplier Use Cases: Where the Benefits of Item-Level RFID Are

Whether you are a brand owner or a retailer with private-label goods, it's important to understand that EPC RFID technology can deliver value even before tagged goods arrive at stores. This session will cover the key uses of RFID that drive benefits, as identified by major research conducted by the RFID Research Center, as well as insight from early adopters. Leading brand owners and researchers will discuss potential and real-world deployments, and how RFID can be used to achieve cost savings and improve operations.
Moderator: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean, Harbert College of Business , Auburn University | Presentation
May 3 1:45 PM

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, attributing 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
May 3 2:30 PM


May 3 2:45 PM

Retailer Use Cases: Where the Benefits of Item-Level RFID Are

RFID technology can be used for daily cycle counts, replenishment, promotions management, customer engagement and other in-store applications. But what are the basic applications of EPC RFID in the store that will deliver value to retailers? And which applications are likely to deliver the most value to particular types of retailers? This session will explain where the benefits are and which applications will deliver them. Speakers will address the role of different applications in various retail formats, as well as the categories in which retailers are seeing the greatest benefits today.
Moderator: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean, Harbert College of Business , Auburn University
May 3 3:30 PM

Diffusione Tessile Leverages RFID to Improve Service and Sales

Diffusione Tessile, the outlet company of a major Italian retailer, has long deployed item-level RFID in its stores to streamline logistics and better manage replenishment, thereby increasing sales. In partnership with the University of Parma's RFID Lab, the firm is currently participating in an EU-funded sensor-enabled, real-world awareness for management information systems (SERAMIS) project, dedicated to exploring innovative use cases for RFID at the store level. Learn how Diffusione Tessile is leveraging "always on" RTLS RFID data to better serve its customers, and how that data is enabling innovative replenishment from back-room processes.
Speaker: Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D., Full Professor—Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
May 3 4:15 PM

Preconference Ends