RFID in Retail and Apparel

October 3, 2018

Opening Remarks
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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, Provost and Vice President, Auburn University

Increasing Sales and Reducing Shrinkage With RFID
One of the largest sporting goods and sportswear retailers worldwide increased sales last year, attributing part of that growth to an ambitious RFID deployment at all of its 951 stores, as well as at approximately 43 warehouses. During the same time period, the firm experienced a 9 percent reduction in shrinkage. Most of the stores are now using RFID technology for inventory checks at the point of sale and at security gates. Learn how the technology has not only improved stores' inventory accuracy, but also reduced labor on the part of workers who track inventory. Most stores can now conduct inventory checks five times faster than they did manually, and these locations are performing checks about twice as often.

Networking Break in Exhibit Room

Retailer Deploys RFID to Drive Stock Accuracy
A global retailer 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 300 locations throughout 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 system enables the chain to deploy the technology quickly.

Item-Level RFID Industry Adoption Update
The adoption of EPC-enabled item-level RFID has continued its steady growth, with the apparel and general merchandise sectors leading the way. Manufacturers are tagging at the source, distribution centers are becoming RFID-enabled at an accelerated rate and retailers continue to push the envelope of what they can do with RFID technology. In 2018, this effort continues with additional peer-sharing, leveraging blockchain technology. These leading-edge and dedicated research programs continue to support the supplier ROI model. This session will provide an update on the extensive work taking place in the retail community and between trading partners. Hear how RFID is being used to power today's frictionless unified commerce strategies, and how it provides the foundation for inventory-management efficiency and future business growth.

Lunch in Exhibit Room

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 roles of different applications in various retail formats, as well as the categories in which retailers are seeing the greatest benefits today.

Measuring the Impact of RFID in Retailing: Key Lessons from 10 Case-Study Companies
A recent study involving 10 retailers that launched their RFID programs to improve inventory accuracy indicated that they gained a return on their investment and that the deployment was fully justified. The study found that companies using RFID, on average, improved their inventory accuracy from between 65 and 75 percent to between 93 and 99 percent. As a result, stock availability rose to approximately 90 percent. Learn how the study participants might use the technology in the future, including RFID for fitting rooms, broadening the technology's use in the supply chain and furthering integration with existing management software.
Speaker: Adrian Beck, Emeritus Professor, University of Leicester

Networking Break in Exhibit Room

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: Rich Haig, CIO/CTO, Herman Kay Co.


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

Conference Concludes


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