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. See also the Item-Level Retail and Apparel Workshop, a preconference seminar that explains how to deploy RFID in this sector and achieve real-world benefits today.

May 4 11:00 AM

Herman Kay Uses RFID to Track and Improve Garment Production

The manufacturer of coats and outerwear for women and men has deployed an RFID-based tracking system that is leading to measurable improvements in its operations. The company markets its products under Michael Kors, Anne Klein and other brand names. Learn how the data characterizing each garment is associated with its electronic RFID tag, enabling the firm to make sure orders are correctly packaged and shipped to customers. Hear how the technology can be used in the future, from warehouse to shipping dock.
Speaker: Richard Haig, CIO/CTO , Herman Kay Co.
May 4 11:50 AM

Solution Provider Session: Capturing ROI for Global Leading Retailers and Brand Owners

SML will share case studies and real return on investment (ROI) results that show the best methods to go about deploying RFID solutions in retail. What is the best way to implement an RFID solution in retail for use at the manufacturing site, during distribution and/or in the store? The ROI can differ dramatically depending on how a company deploys RFID infrastructure, and on the use case in the supply chain and/or in the store. Learn how SML is helping retailers create retail 3.0 and fulfill omnichannel strategies, as well as improving go-to-market velocity, increasing sourcing flexibility and reducing the risk of changing over to RFID tags.
Speaker: Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP, RFID Solutions, SML Group
May 4 12:30 PM

Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall

May 4 3:00 PM

RFID and Inventory Control in the Cloud

White Pine Trading, one of the world’s leading recycled diamond and fine jewelry companies, is using RFID to more efficiently process inventory while reducing data-entry errors. With more than 30,000 items in stock represented by 9,000 SKUs, the firm is using the technology to create shipments containing hundreds of items in a few minutes and perform stock counts of its entire inventory within a single day. Hear how White Pine is continuing to develop new use cases for the system, including several that enable business processes that would otherwise be cost-prohibitive.
Speaker: Joe Mellet, VP of Strategy, Operations and Technology, White Pine Trading
May 4 3:50 PM

Best New Product, Group 3

This award will be given to the company that exhibits the best new RFID product or service at RFID Journal LIVE! 2016. An independent panel of judges has selected 10 finalists, which have been divided into three groups. Each finalist will speak for a few minutes about its product. The finalists in Group 3 are: SML, for its Clarity 3.x retail software platform, which is designed to be flexible, scalable and cover virtually all retail business processes; Tyco Retail Solutions, for its Sensormatic Synergy Series, an intelligent, modular, and network-enabled loss prevention system that combines acousto-magnetic/RFID detection and video; View Technologies, for its View Echo Smart Antennas and Platform, which read tags at up to 150 feet and locate tagged items in a three-dimensional space; and Zebra Technologies for its RFD8500 Handheld Sled Reader, which links to almost any smartphone, to enable quick and easy cycle counting.
Speakers: Altaf Mulla, Director, RFID Product Management, Zebra Technologies Corp.; Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP, RFID Solutions, SML Group; Steve Hudson, President, View Technologies; Chad Gundlach, Sr. Product Manager RFID Solutions, Tyco Retail Solutions
May 4 4:40 PM

River Island Uses RFID to Improve Visibility and Combat Loss

Fashion brand River Island operates more than 350 stores throughout Europe, the Philippines and the Middle East, as well as a website that ships to more than 100 countries worldwide. This session will cover River Island’s use of RFID from its initial trial to its rollout. Hear how the trials have been implemented, the benefits and learnings the company has obtained, and how the technology is delivering value today.
Speaker: Helen Tierney, Senior Profit Protection Manager, River Island
May 5 9:00 AM

Denimwall Leverages RFID at G-Star RAW Store

Denimwall Inc. is using RFID at the G-Star RAW clothing store that it owns and operates in New York City's Union Square to manage store operations and engage customers. The firm, which owns and operates seven G-Star RAW stores on a franchise basis, began offering omnichannel sales to its customers in 2015, shining a spotlight on the need for inventory accuracy and the ability to quickly locate items. The  RFID system tracks inventory availability and location in real time via overhead readers, and also allows sales associates to use their own smartphones to locate goods and facilitate routine merchandising tasks. Learn how Denimwall has benefited from the use of RFID and how it is using the technology to engage customers.
Speaker: Craig Leonard, President, Denimwall Inc.
May 5 9:45 AM

Solution Provider Session: Giving Brick-and-Mortar Retail the Edge of Digital Insight

Intel recently launched the Retail Sensor Platform, which allows retailers to increase inventory accuracy and ensure on-shelf availability. This end-to-end solution offers a simple, affordable way for retailers to gather actionable, near-real-time intelligence—saving money and converting more sales. Intel is focused on providing technology that enables the industry with a solution that addresses retailer issues. The company has redesigned the fixed reader, allowing retailers to track items through RFID tags and preserve customer privacy, while keeping sales staff informed about inventory, stocking and customer traffic. By combining RFID tags with a smart Intel-based platform, brick-and-mortar retail stores can revolutionize inventory tracking, collect in-depth intelligence on customer behavior and preferences, and dramatically reduce losses from misplaced items and inventory shrinkage. Intel's Retail Sensor Platform is secure, in addition to being easy to manage and integrate with existing store systems. All this helps retailers deliver the best customer experiences and convert sales.
Speaker: Daniel Gutwein, Director of Retail Analytics, Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation
May 5 10:30 AM

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