Sessions

Sep. 26 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Sep. 26 9:00 AM

Preparing for the Technology-Enabled Future of Retail

Retail is changing, as everyone knows. Social media and ubiquitous connectivity are driving new shopping habits and new consumer expectations. This session will focus on how companies can manage the transition to a new retailing paradigm in a way that is both meaningful and doable. Gain an understanding of the technologies that will enable this change, including RFID, as well as how stores will be reconfigured to serve new shopping habits and how the data-integrated supply chain is going to change. Dr. Hardgrave will share logical, business-driven steps to meet customer expectations and achieve real transformation.
Speaker: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean, Harbert College of Business, Auburn University
Sep. 26 9:45 AM

Rapid RFID Adoption and the Connected Future

According to industry experts, there will be approximately 8.7 billion tagged apparel items in the market by the end of this year. Our industry is seeing unprecedented adoption levels of EPC RFID. Because of this, we now have the ability to realize what were once only considered aspirational use cases, such as smart fitting rooms, cashier-free stores and real-time merchandise location for consumers. GS1 US is actively involved with end users and solution partners in determining RFID's role in emerging areas like consumer Internet of Things (c-IoT), anti-counterfeit strategies and blockchain deployments. This session will review how standards, technology and business needs are converging to make RFID initiatives even more critical and successful.
Speakers: Melanie Nuce, Vice President, Corporate Development, GS1 US; Gena Morgan, Corporate Development Consultant, GS1 US
Sep. 26 10:30 AM

Networking Break in Exhibit Room

Sep. 26 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.
Sep. 26 11:45 AM

Solution-Provider Session: Driving Consumer Experience and Unlocking Omnichannel Conversion With RFID

Discover how Avery Dennison is leading the world's largest RAIN UHF RFID programs to unlock omnichannel conversion and enhance the consumer experience.
Speaker: Kris Barton, Market Development Director, RFID, Avery Dennison
Sep. 26 12:00 PM

Solution-Provider Session: How to Leverage RFID to Its Full Potential

The use cases and benefits of RFID in retail are proven, so why are some implementations missing the mark? Successfully leveraging the full capabilities of RFID lies in fostering employee engagement. Employee empowerment must be a priority to increase the customer experience, employee retention and a retailer's bottom line.
Speaker: Keith Sherry, Chief Operating Officer, SATO Global Solutions
Sep. 26 12:25 PM

Solution-Provider Session: IoT in Retail - Make It Simple, Powerful and Accessible

RFID now delivers 99% accuracy in minutes. This visibility can improve availability, streamline operations and provide insight. With that, retailers face the challenge of processing and making sense of the data. Enter the IoT platform solution. IoT platforms enable digital transformation by allowing retailers to connect and track physical assets throughout their supply chains. For an IoT platform to be truly successful, it must be “ready to use” by business people, not software engineers, and capable of rapid solution modeling and execution so virtually anyone in the organization can collect and process massive amounts of data in real-time, generating valuable insights and actionable information about their business.
Speaker: Scot Stelter, Vice President of Products, Mojix
Sep. 26 12:40 PM

Solution-Provider Session: SML Deployment Business Cases in the U.S. and Europe—Retailers and Brand Owners

While a number of reported retail apparel and footwear RFID deployments have taken place during the past few years, few have openly discussed their business cases. SML has the luxury of having a number of customers that have openly shared their results, and the company will share more details on a sample of these projects, and describe how simplifying RFID deployments is essential to reducing costs and increasing returns. The firm will also share how solution architecture and features, as well as a selection of RFID reader technologies, all play a role in project success and increasing returns.
Speaker: Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP, RFID Solutions, SML
Sep. 26 12:55 PM

Lunch in Exhibit Room

Sep. 26 2:15 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
Sep. 26 3:00 PM

Insights and Next Steps From a Major RFID Deployment

Jonathan Aitken was with lululemon athletica for 6 years, serving as the program director for their RFID deployment which won the 2017 RFID Journal Award for Best Retail Implementation. In this session, he sits down with RFID Journal editor Mark Roberti to discuss his unique insights into launching a major RFID retail deployment. Learn best practices honed on the front lines, where retailers can find unexpected operational efficiencies and what mistakes retailers need to avoid when deploying an RFID system. Jonathan will also discuss how else RFID is being used, including mirrors, overheads and why it is key to omnichannel success.
Moderator: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Panelist:
Sep. 26 3:45 PM

Networking Break in Exhibit Room

Sep. 26 4:15 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 high-traffic 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: Anna Szelag, Senior Safety & Loss Analyst, River Island
Sep. 26 5:00 PM

The Business Case for RFID in Retail 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. This session will walk attendees through the financial model. Everyone in attendance will receive a copy of the report on which the presentation will be based, as well as an ROI calculator they can utilize to explore the benefits they can expect to receive.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Sep. 26 5:45 PM

Conference Concludes