RFID Journal LIVE! 2017Preconference 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.

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

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 9 11:30 AM

GS1 US Item Level RFID Workgroup Update

Adoption of EPC-enabled item-level RFID has seen steady growth in the retail sector since the industry began piloting it in late 2008. Since then, adoption has reached a tipping point, with more than 73 percent of retail trading partners either currently implementing or piloting the technology, according to the "Kurt Salmon RFID in Retail Study 2016" report. Within the GS1 US Item Level RFID Workgroup, a team of dedicated brands, retailers, and solution and technology partners have continually collaborated to support the development of retail-specific, value-driving use cases that demonstrate the efficacy of EPC-enabled RFID technology on global source-to-consumer supply chain business processes. In 2017, this effort continues with additional peer-sharing and dedicated research to support the supplier ROI model. This session will provide an update on the extensive work taking place in the workgroup and in industry. Hear how RFID is being used to power today's frictionless unified commerce retailing strategies, and how it provides the foundation for inventory management efficiency and future business growth.
Speaker: Patrick Javick, Sr. Director, Industry Development , Apparel and General Merchandise, GS1 US
May 9 12:15 PM


May 9 1:00 PM

The Benefits for Apparel Manufacturers

There has been a lot of talk about the benefits that RFID brings to retailers, but apparel manufacturers can also benefit from using the technology. Li & Fung, a supply chain services firm based in Hong Kong, has helped many companies in the South China region to take advantage of RFID. Learn how to implement an RFID system in manufacturing and where manufacturers can achieve real benefits.
Speaker: Robert Burton, Executive Vice President, Li & Fung (Trading) LTD
May 9 1:45 PM

The Value of Tracking Shoes With RFID—Advantages and Findings

ANWR Group, a European trade cooperative composed of footwear, leather-goods, sporting-goods and bicycle retailers, has completed a three-store proof-of-concept project involving the RFID-tagging of shoes. The goal was to compare apparel findings with shoes, prove whether passive RFID can effectively track inventory, prevent theft, optimize processes and enable sales. Different technology types have been tested, including handheld readers, ceiling antennas and RFID robots. Learn the results of the study and hear how ANWR is developing standards for the tagging of shoes, which could benefit all shoe retailers.
Speaker: Harald Krug, Manager of Logistics, ANWR GROUP eG
May 9 2:30 PM


May 9 2:45 PM

Jack Wills Deploys RFID to Drive Stock Accuracy

British retailer Jack Wills is using RFID to improve visibility into its stock movements. After a successful proof-of-concept at two of its stores, the chain—which operates more than 90 locations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Asia, the United States and the Middle East—is expanding the deployment. The firm is utilizing a plug-and-play solution that has enabled employees to count stock on a weekly or daily basis, allowing it to immediately experience the benefits of a highly accurate stock inventory. Learn how the plug-and-play system enables the chain to deploy the technology quickly.
Speaker: Gary Tattersall, Head of Asset Protection and Risk Management, Jack Wills
May 9 3:30 PM

RFID Improves Inventory Accuracy, Sales and Satisfaction

According to a recently released report, the use of radio frequency identification technology at Macy's stores has boosted the global retailer's rate of on-shelf display compliance and overall inventory accuracy. The Platt Retail Institute (PRI), developed in cooperation with the Northwestern Retail Analytics Council (RAC), also found that the retailer not only improved its on-shelf and display compliance, but made single-unit sales possible when a store's inventory may be down to its last unit for a particular SKU. Learn how the technology offers retailers the opportunity to conduct a wide variety of analytics based on product tag reads, including better management of fitting rooms, determining best merchandise placement techniques, and managing pricing and trends predictions.
Speaker: Steven Keith Platt, Director, Platt Retail Institute
May 9 4:15 PM

Preconference Ends