RFID and IoT in Retail and Apparel Agenda


May 11, 2021



9:30 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Welcome and Introduction
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

09:35 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Checkpoint: Leveraging the Investment Made by Your Brand Partners with Checkpoint’s RFID NOW
Checkpoint will walk through challenges retailers are facing currently with inventory accuracy, and how they can leverage the tagging done by brands today to prove a quick ROI and implement RFID efficiently.
Speaker: Scott Reithmeier, Business Development Manager – RFID, Checkpoint 
Recording | Slide Presentation

10:05 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Beyond Inventory Management: RFID in Visual Merchandising
Tracking retailer inventory levels and out-of-stocks is among the most frequent uses of radio frequency identification. One Italian men’s clothing retailer has completed a successful pilot using the technology to provide visibility into how well its merchandise performs at specific store display locations. The retailer tracked what was displayed in each area of a store, then compared the net profit from the sale of each piece of merchandise against the cost of displaying that item. Key takeaways: Understand how the RFID tag reads, as well as the data culled from those read events, enabled the firm to optimize its merchandizing in the store. Learn how the test-site stores, using the RFID data to better manage their displays, achieved an increase in sales.
Speaker: Dr. Antonio Rizzi, Full Professor, Industrial Logistics and Supply Chain Management, University of Parma
Recording | Slide Presentation

10:35AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Talkin’ Things : Can Low Priced RFID Tags be of Good Quality and High Performance?
Speaker: Marcin Pilarz, CEO, Talkin’ Things
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11:05 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Retailer Boosts RFID Tag Read Safety, Efficiency with Shelfie Stick
A retailer began deploying RFID in Europe in 2019, to manage inventory in back rooms and at store fronts, with passive UHF RFID tags attached at the source. In order to read the tags in the back room of the stores, the sales staff slid ladders into position and climbed up to read tags on goods located up to 9 feet high, then step down, move the ladders, and begin again. To overcome that obstacle, the firm began using an extendable device known as a Shelfie Stick. Developed and patented by RFID Sherpas, the stick enables the retailer to nearly eliminate the use of ladders when employees conduct daily RFID-based inventory counts, reducing count times and injury risk. Learn how the retailer has reduced by approximately 40 percent of its previous RFID counting time, while boosting tag read accuracy.
Mark Berryman, Managing Director, CATTERICK BLACK Consulting 
Recording | Slide Presentation


11:45 AM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
SMLHow Item-level RFID Is Essential For The New Era Of BOPIS… And All Retail Processes
2020 has been an unusual year for Retailers. In this session, SML RFID will share perspectives on how consumer behavior changes, creating new demands on accurate inventory management. SML RFID’s Dean Frew will explore how item-level RFID technology can improve inventory visibility and revolutionize daily operations, resolve the retailers’ pressure from BOPIS, s from store, and curbside pickup, aimed at apparel and footwear retailers.
Speaker: Dean Frew,  Chief Technology Officer and Senior VP RFID Solutions, SML Group
Recording | Slide Presentation

12:25 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
 IoT Delivers for Schwan
Grocery delivery service  Schwan’s Home Delivery (SHD) has deployed a wireless Internet of Things (IoT) solution to manage the movements of 3,000 delivery vehicles into and out of its 300 depots nationwide. With the solution in place, SHD can ensure consistent food temperatures all the way to a customer’s door, providing a high-quality frozen product without requiring numerous manual temperature checks by employees. Learn how the technology helps SHD respond to any temperature excursions in real time at its depots, and to collect historical data for analytics purposes.
Speaker: Larry Gaskin, Sr. Director of Warehouse Operations and Facilities Operations, Schwan’s Home Delivery
Recording | Slide Presentation

12:55 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Opening During a Pandemic: USOPM Leverages RFID to Personalize Content and Enable Pandemic-Era Safety
The United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum (USOPM), which opened in the summer of 2020 despite the COVID-19 pandemic, is leveraging a radio frequency identification system initially designed to personalize the visitor experience. The 60,000-square-foot museum offers a personalized experience using digital content that can be modified according to a visitor’s specific interests, as well as his or her physical or mental accessibility requirements. The RFID system enables the museum to set the occupancy levels and alert the staff if a gallery is approaching its maximum number of guests allowed, and also provides the opportunity for contact tracing. Learn how RFID, in addition to providing accessibility and social distancing, offers USOPM additional benefits including the ability to forecast the popularity of content.
Speaker: Robert Bready, VP, Museum Operations, United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum
Recording | Slide Presentation

1:25 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
BOPIS Benchmark Survey
For the past year and a half, the Auburn University RFID Lab has been collecting data on the BOPIS customer experience from various retail partners. In this session hear how they have developed a benchmark and gain an understanding of how various retailers are fulfilling customer BOPIS requests.
Speaker: Justin Patton, Director, RFID Lab, Auburn University
Recording | Slide Presentation

1:55 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time
Closing Remarks
Speaker: Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

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