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. During this two-day track, hear how retailers worldwide are using RFID and related technologies to become more agile and responsive in an increasingly competitive market.

Attendees with an All-Access or Conference Pass can choose to attend any session in any conference track. Download a PDF of the full conference agenda.

May 10 11:00 AM

Herman Kay Uses RFID to Track and Improve Garment Production

Herman Kay, a 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 10 11:50 AM

Solution Provider Session: RAIN RFID Retail—Innovation Drives Adoption

This presentation will describe how RAIN RFID applications for retailers, brands and consumers are impacting areas that go far beyond today's traditional use cases. The presenter will share the technology's current status and explain what to expect for the future. Learn how technology innovation supports market adoption.
Speaker: Kurt Bischof, Global Senior Marketing Manager, RFID Solutions, NXP Semiconductors
May 10 12:30 PM

Lunch in RFID Journal LIVE! Exhibit Hall

May 10 3:00 PM

How Malibu Rum Executed the CPG World's Largest Trial of NFC

Malibu Rum recently deployed 40,000 Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled bottles across the United Kingdom at Tesco stores. Cameron Worth, the founder of IoT agency SharpEnd, will provide a detailed case study of how his company supported Malibu Rum across all elements of this project, to deliver a unique and exciting trial of emerging technology at scale.
Speaker: Cameron Worth, Founder, SharpEnd Agency
May 10 3:50 PM

The Business Case for RFID in Retail and Apparel

RFID Journal has conducted extensive research to understand the business case for RFID in apparel retail, and to create metrics that companies in that sector can use to determine the likely return on investment they could achieve by employing the technology to manage store inventory. In this session, we will explain the data used, and walk attendees through the financial model. Those in attendance will receive a copy of the report on which the presentation will be based, as well as an interactive spreadsheet they can utilize to explore the benefits they can expect to receive, based on their own store size, number of units, margin, labor costs and other inputs.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
May 10 4:40 PM

Improving Sales Through RFID Empowered Visual Merchandising

Many retailers are currently leveraging RFID either to increase inventory accuracy at the store level or to track replenishments from the back room. Retailers can effectively use the technology to avoid out-of-stocks and expand customers' ability to find and buy exactly what they want. Learn how retailers can exploit RFID technology to support visual merchandising and optimize windows, as well as store-area displays and corners. Gain an understanding of RFID-enabled metrics that can be used to improve store turnover per square meter ratio.
Speaker: Antonio Rizzi, Ph.D., Full Professor—Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
May 11 9:00 AM

EPC-enabled RFID Source-Tagging: How the Global GS1 Network Speeds Up Supplier Onboarding

Supplier onboarding can be time-consuming, as well as a painful cost factor in any EPC RFID project, while maintaining high process quality. Workers responsible for the tagging process need to be properly trained and educated how to work with RFID. They need to understand the dos and don'ts, the differences between an ordinary bar-coded price ticket and an RFID label or hangtag, and the basic principles of RFID technology. Trainers have to cope with many cultural and language differences across sourcing countries. Learn how the global GS1 community has proven that supplier onboarding can be cost-efficient and facilitated in a very short period of time when based on standardized training material, translated in the corresponding local languages.
Speaker: Enzo Blonk, Director Industry Engagement Technical Industries, GS1
May 11 9:45 AM

Solution-Provider Session: Build the Future of Retail With the Intel Responsive Retail Sensor

In today's digital, data-driven economy, retailers face unprecedented challenges. Online shopping is defining consumer expectations that brick-and mortar stores have what they want, when they want it. Retailers have access to more data than ever before, but the sheer volume of data can make actionable insight difficult to discern. New technologies are available, but multiple vendors and protocols can make implementation complex and costly. Now, Intel is delivering a flexible, secure foundation to simplify smarter retail. The Intel Responsive Retail Sensor provides better inventory tracking and faster time to insight from retail data, and gives retailers the tools they need to increase customer satisfaction. During this Intel-hosted panel session, you will hear from leading retailers about why they turned to Intel to bring the edge of digital insights, using RFID solutions, to brick-and-mortar stores.
Moderator: Daniel Gutwein, Director, Responsive Retail Sensor Team, Retail Solutions Division, Internet of Things Group , Intel Corporation
May 11 10:30 AM

Award Finalists Session: Best Retail Implementation

This award will be given to the end-user company that has demonstrated the best use of RFID technology to improve its retail operations. The finalists, selected by an independent panel of judges, will each have 15 minutes to make a presentation. The finalists are:

  • Lululemon, for its use of RFID to ensure that all inventory available in the store is optimally represented on the store floor through real-time replenishment, and to establish a foundation of accurate, real-time inventory available to satisfy guests' needs across stores at any time
  • Tegu, for its use of RFID to enable its consigned inventory strategy, which allowed it to gain more shelf space and increase sales
  • Tesco, for its use of RFID to improve on-shelf availability, while at the same time freeing up staff to spend more time servicing customers
Speaker: Kevin Sergo, Ecommerce Analyst, Tegu