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Demo Proves RFID Is Ready for the Apparel Industry

Several solution providers worked together to show how manufacturers and retailers can track and manage goods throughout the supply chain.
By John Edwards
Jun 13, 2011—A lot has been written about the potential benefits of using radio frequency identification based on Electronic Product Code (EPC) standards to track and manage apparel items from the point of manufacture to the point of sale (POS). But the question remains: Does the technology really work? And can supply chain partners share data to improve shipping, picking, receiving, replenishment and other processes?

RFID solution providers say "yes," but they know that "seeing is believing." So they joined together to create a state-of-the-art demonstration system, at the recent RFID Journal LIVE! 2011 conference and exhibition, that highlighted RFID's unique ability to streamline and expedite a complete array of supply chain activities. This demonstration offered attendees a close-up look at the future of apparel manufacturing, distribution and retailing.

"The idea was to illustrate how RFID can be used in every single step in the supply chain," says Ken Traub, founder of Ken Traub Consulting. Traub, who designed and ran the demo on behalf of GS1 US and RFID Journal, says the system was created to showcase the compatibility and interoperability of various cutting-edge supply chain technologies developed by seven leading RFID vendors. The demo was also designed to drive home the message that an integrated, multi-vendor environment could function as flawlessly and reliably as a system sourced from a single supplier.

One of the biggest challenges Traub faced involved replicating an entire industry's global supply chain within the confines of a single floor inside an Orlando, Florida, convention center. The participants accomplished this feat by compacting distance and space into much smaller, yet still highly accurate, dimensions. "In the demo space," he explains, "we set up three separate areas, each measuring about 20 by 30 feet, representing a manufacturing facility, a distribution center and a retail store."

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Using the GS1 standards for the Electronic Product Code and EPC Information Services (EPCIS), Argo Wireless, Avery Dennison, Impinj, Seeonic, Tagsys RFID, Tyco Retail Solutions and Zebra Technologies International worked together to create a complete factory-floor to sales-floor RFID supply chain tracking and management system. (You can view a video at www.rfidjournal.com/videos/view/653.)
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