Sessions

Sep. 17 8:45 AM

Opening Remarks

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Sep. 17 9:00 AM

RFID Is a Good Fit at Missoni

Missoni, a high-end Italian fashion house, is using RFID to track its garments through the entire production process, optimizing operational flows and logistics. The company also uses the technology in the distribution market to combat counterfeiting and theft. During the manufacturing process, an RFID tag is applied to every garment, enabling the firm to track it during every stage from production to warehouse to store and, ultimately, the customer. The technology is also being used in the press office to track items sent to newsrooms, photo shoots and fashion shows. Learn how Missoni leverages RFID at some of its stores to deter theft while quickly and accurately controlling inventory.
Speakers: Patrizia Fiorito, CFO, Missoni; Marco Rossi, Controller, Missoni
Sep. 17 9:45 AM

RFID: The Omnichannel Enabler

Retail 3.0 is here, driven by the consumer's demand for an "anywhere, anytime, any product" experience. The response to this new consumer demand is omnichannel retailing. Unfortunately, most retailers are not yet in a position to successfully implement an omnichannel strategy because they do not know (with confidence) what they have and where they have it. Existing methods of inventory management are inadequate in an omnichannel world. Instead, a new approach to inventory management, enabled by radio frequency identification, is required. In this presentation, Bill Hardgrave will discuss the basic underpinnings of a successful omnichannel strategy—such as ship-from-stores and buy-online-pickup-in-stores—and how these strategies are enabled by RFID.
Speaker: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Dean, Harbert College of Business, Auburn University
Sep. 17 10:30 AM

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Sep. 17 11:00 AM

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. Panelists 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: Melanie Nuce, VP of Industry Engagement, Retail Apparel and General Merchandise , GS1 US
Panelists:
Sep. 17 11:45 AM

Herman Kay Uses RFID to Track and Improve Garment Production

Herman Kay Co., 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, and garments equipped with RFID tags are stored and transported to retailers on hangers. 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. 17 12:30 PM

Lunch in the Exhibit Area

Sep. 17 2:00 PM

Fixed Infrastructure RFID Systems - Creating the Truly Connected Retail Business

The promise of RFID in retail will not be fully realized until it is truly automatic and invisible. This presentation describes the potential benefits derived from continuous information streams from RFID and other sensors on the store floor, into intelligent systems that bring instantaneous clarity and the ability to take action in real time. This is the promise of the truly connected retail business. Learn what technologies underlie such a solution, what its critical capabilities need to be, and why it’s not far off.
Speaker: Scot Stelter, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Mojix
Sep. 17 2:15 PM

GS1 US Item Level RFID Workgroup Update

This session will provide an update on the current state of the community and the extensive work taking place in the GS1 US Item Level RFID workgroup. The workgroup provides an RFID-specific forum for peer-to-peer outreach and implementation sharing. Get an overview of the Tagged Item Performance Protocol (TIPP) guideline and how it is being used to meet the inventory demands of the omnichannel shopping experience. And gain an understanding of the status of industry implementation, including which categories and retailers are currently deploying RFID.
Speaker: Patrick Javick, Industry Engagement Director, Apparel and General Merchandise , GS1 US
Sep. 17 2:45 PM

Intel Corporation Sponsored Session

This session will highlight how Intel technology enables solution providers to deliver retailers affordable, near-real-time visibility of store inventory. We'll provide a glimpse into the near future, when dotcom-like analytics can become a reality in brick-and-mortar stores.
Speaker: Daniel Gutwein, Director of Retail Analytics,Internet of Things Group, Intel Corporation
Sep. 17 3:00 PM

Effortless Store Management Realized

Hear how an apparel retailer accomplished its inventory-management and customer-experience goals by moving from a strictly handheld-based RFID system to a fixed-reader, real-time overhead solution in its retail stores. The speaker will highlight the metrics that were most important to the organization in determining success, the resulting operational efficiencies for the sales and store management teams, and the platform's future benefits.
Speaker: Patrick Riley, Partner, Senitron
Sep. 17 3:15 PM

Networking Break in the Exhibit Area

Sep. 17 4:00 PM

RFID Works—and It's an Omnichannel Enabler

A fashion retailer is using RFID technology to accurately track merchandise, provide visibility into inventory levels, and help customers locate the sizes and styles they need. The organization conducted a pilot of RFID technology, efficiently receiving garments at the store, facilitating sales floor replenishment and conducting weekly, complete store inventory. Learn how the organization moved successfully from utilizing RFID for sample tracking to a complete store pilot.
Speaker: Ken Silay, Leader, Innovation and Technology Management, KGS Business Services
Sep. 17 4:45 PM

Mass Adoption of RFID in Retail—When, Why and How

RFID is delivering big benefits for early adopters, but will the technology catch on and become ubiquitous in retail stores? This session will explain the forces driving adoption and new applications that are emerging, and will spell out the likely scenarios that will lead to RFID's broad use. Whether you are just starting to look at RFID or have already deployed it, this session will put the current state of the technology in perspective and help you evaluate what your next moves should be.
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Sep. 17 5:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
Sep. 17 5:45 PM

Conference Concludes