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Learning From the Experts

Highlights from the recent RFID Journal LIVE! Europe event, held last week in Oslo, show that the technology can deliver benefits in many ways.
By Mark Roberti
Oct 29, 2012We had a lot of great sessions and presentations at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe—Scandinavia, held on Oct. 24-25 in Oslo, Norway. These sessions were based on real-world radio frequency identification deployments in manufacturing, retail and other industries. A few highlights are presented below; look for a full report, including video presentations from the conference, on Nov. 12.

Carlo Nizam, Airbus' head of value chain visibility and RFID, told attendees: "You can't improve what you can't measure [a process], and you can't manage what you can't see or know. The role of RFID for Airbus is to improve that visibility, which is a prerequisite to achieving savings."

Kris Doane, a consultant for American Apparel, filled in for CIO Stacey Shulman, who was unable to attend for personal reasons. The technology, Doane said, offers managers at the corporate level the ability to quickly determine if there are problems at any stores, and to then react quickly.

Doane showed a table revealing that one store had 507 discrepancies between its RFID data and the conventional inventory system's information, meaning it was possible for RFID data to indicate that an item existed even if it was not listed in the enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, or vice versa. The table indicated that inventory discrepancies existed at other stores as well. "At the same time we started to roll out RFID, we also started rolling out an [electronic article surveillance] system," he told the audience. "What we found is that the stores that had both RFID and EAS reduced their shrink by 25 percent more than the stores that just used EAS."

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