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RFID Journal Announces Live RFID-Enabled Supply Chain Demonstrations

Top technology companies will provide real-world supply chain demonstrations on the exhibit floor at the ninth annual RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition.
Feb 09, 2011RFID Journal today announced that several leading technology firms will participate in a series of live technology demonstrations on the exhibit floor at RFID Journal LIVE! 2011, being held on Apr. 12-14, 2011, at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla.

In addition to more than 175 RFID exhibitors showcasing their latest solutions in the exhibit hall, LIVE! 2011 will also feature two main demonstration areas that will provide attendees with the opportunity to experience firsthand how radio frequency identification can be employed to streamline processes and enhance efficiencies in a variety of supply chain applications.

Each area will conduct a series of demonstrations. The GS1 RFID Apparel area will showcase the dramatic benefits that can be derived from using RFID in the apparel supply chain, while the RFID-Enabled Supply Chains section will focus on applications of the technology relevant to industrial manufacturing, automotive, agribusiness, paper, food, consumer packaged goods (CPG) and government businesses.

The GS1 RFID Apparel Demo, organized by GS1 US, is sponsored by Avery Dennison, Tagsys and Impinj, with Argo Wireless, Conair, Seeonic and Zebra Technologies, and will show how RFID technology provides benefits throughout the apparel supply chain. At the manufacturing station, sponsors will show source tagging (bulk encoding, printing and applying tags to items), as well as the automatic creation of advance shipping notices. The distribution center demo will show items being received automatically, inventory being updated, and items being put away and later picked and shipped, based on a retailer's order. And the retail station will demonstrate goods being received into inventory automatically. In addition, technology providers will show items being replenished, as well as a variety of other in-store applications, including exception handling, analysis of information gathered by smart shelves, and checkout at the point of sale.

The RFID-Enabled Supply Chains demonstrations, sponsored by Rush Tracking Systems, with Sky-Trax, Impinj and Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS), will showcase how RFID and related technologies (including Sky-Trax's overhead locationing system) can be brought together to improve supply chain performance. The demos will show a pallet of goods being received and identified with portal, handheld and lift-truck readers. Products will be staged in a bulk-storage receiving area, where Rush Tracking Systems will demonstrate the location-tracking capability of its RFID-enabled solution for lift trucks, known as VisiblEdge.

Rush Tracking Systems will also demonstrate how items can be put away and their location captured without any bar-code scanning. The company will show how its RFID-enabled solution guides lift-truck operators to the proper locations for picking product. The system will then have the product validated to ensure work-order integrity, prior to the goods being moved to staging or shipping departments. The system will display a work order, confirmation that the correct items are picked up, and the work order's automatic completion.

"I am thrilled that we can include these important demonstrations on our show floor," says Mark Roberti, RFID Journal's founder and editor. "The apparel series will allow attendees to experience how retailers are dramatically improving in-store inventory accuracy and replenishment, which enables them to sell more goods at a higher price. And the manufacturing demonstrations will showcase how every industry can improve its supply chain to reap these types of rewarding business benefits. It's important for business executives to see these products in action, and to be able to get their questions answered by industry experts, all in one place."
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