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.
Resistance is Futile: Embracing the Inevitable Use of RFID in Apparel Retail
The widespread use of RFID in apparel retail now appears inevitable. Consumer demand for a true omnichannel experience has pushed retailers and brand owners to examine their abilities to deliver on an anywhere, anytime promise. In this session, Bill Hardgrave will review the events leading up to the current utilization of RFID and discuss the path forward for those just getting started or in the early stages of adopting RFID. Drawing on several years of experience working with a variety of companies, Dr. Hardgrave will delve into best practices for deploying RFID efficiently and effectively and, conversely, the traps to avoid.
Speaker: Dr. Bill Hardgrave, Provost and Vice President, Auburn University
Solution-Provider Session: Avery
Solution-Provider Session: Why Item-Level RFID is Emerging as a Top Technology Priority for Retailers
In this session,SML's Dean Frew will discuss why so many large and small retailers around the world are adopting item-level RFID and why European retailers are leading this accelerated wave of global adoption.
13:00 - Lunch Break in Exhibit Hall
14:00 - 14:40
Stadium AB Improves Inventory Accuracy With RFID
Stadium AB has successfully carried out an RFID pilot to manage fast rotations of products ranging from kayaks to apparel to shoe laces. Headquartered in Sweden, Stadium AB sells retail sportswear and training clothes, as well as sports-related merchandise and has stores located throughout Europe. For the pilot, the firm tagged products at its distribution center and used sled readers to interrogate the tags as they were applied. The tags were then read upon receipt at the two participating stores, and periodically throughout the days following, during inventory counts. The use of the technology improved inventory accuracy to about 98 percent and provided in-store staff with confidence in what inventory they have onsite. Learn how the improved inventory accuracy allows the company to more easily adopt the omnichannel model of sales online since it can be sure products are where the software indicates they are.
Speaker: Johan Stenström, Supply Chain, Stadium AB
Adidas Uses RFID for Omnichannel Success
Employing 56,888 people from over 100 countries, adidas produces more than 900 million product units every year and generates sales of € 21.218 billion (all figures relate to 2017). The organization strives to keep its processes simple, lean and fast. Adidas is focused on using RFID technology to track its products from manufacturing facilities to store shelves, thus improving stock accuracy and on-floor availability of merchandise in its stores. Learn how adidas has deployed the technology in different markets and how RFID helped pave the way for their omnichannel strategy. Bring your phone to this highly interactive session and compete to find out how much you really know about RFID!
Speaker: Tsvetan Dimitrov, Director, Business Solutions-RFID, Adidas
15:30 - Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
Using RFID to Prevent Theft and Counterfeiting
Best-selling branded memory supplement Prevagen is using RFID technology to protect their business model, brand integrity and consumers. Quincy Bioscience, the biotechnology company responsible for Prevagen, has implemented a tracking system which can effectively monitor and track their goods. Learn how the firm is successfully using RFID to combat theft, as well as helping it identify and eliminate gray market sales.
Speaker: Dakota Miller, Director of Loss Control Investigations, Quincy Bioscience
RFID in Retail: European Case Studies
The University of Parma's RFID Lab has been monitoring RFID retail implementations and use cases since 2015. This session will explain how retailers are currently leveraging RFID, either to increase inventory accuracy at the store level or to track replenishments from the back room. Dr. Antonio Rizzi will share who has been adopting and why, and discuss the most robust use cases—as well as the cutting-edge ones ahead of the curve.
17:30 - Conference Concludes