RFID Journal LIVE! 2021 Encore

RETAIL/APPAREL TRACK

Why RFID is a ‘Must-Have’ Technology for Today’s Retailer
Research shows that retailers which have not invested in radio frequency identification have been unable to execute ship-from-store or curbside or in-store pickup consistently. Retailers employing RFID tend to have an in-store inventory accuracy of approximately 95 percent, compared to about 65 percent for retailers that do not use. In this session learn how the technology can be tailored to fit each company’s specific needs and how to solve supply chain problems, as well as inventory visibility.
Speaker: Mark Berryman, Managing Director, Catterick Black Consulting

Solution-Provider Session
These sponsor-led sessions feature some of the industry's most innovative solutions. Hear real-life examples of successful deployments, including in-depth discussions of both time-tested and emerging solutions.
Speaker: TBD

Award Finalist Session: City Furniture Gains Showroom Visibility with RFID
Florida based retailer, City Furniture provides customers with an expanded and evolutionary lineup of home furnishings at an exceptional value. To ensure that customers find exactly what they need, inventory accuracy is key in the retail showrooms and across the supply chain. This project is nominated for RFID Journal award in the category of Best Retail RFID Implementation. Learn how the new solution cuts inventory counts from several weeks to two hours, while ensuring inventory visibility to satisfy BOPIS customers and prevent errors.
Speakers: Chad Simpson, Senior Vice President, Technology, City Furniture; Marko Brutus, Associate Technology Project Manager, City Furniture; Shaun Feraco., Vice President of Operations, City Furniture

RFID Provides Efficiency, Visibility for Food Company
California nut product manufacturer American Nuts, one of the largest nut processors in North America, has deployed an RFID system to boost its inventory visibility and tracking capability, as well as its production and shipping of finished goods at its two manufacturing sites. The firm is using the system to track the receipt of raw nuts, seeds and dried fruit through storage, the production of snack mixes and other products, quality assurance and shipping. Learn how RFID has improved on-hand inventory visibility and gain an understanding of how the technology is being used to provide better management of production, procurement, quality assurance and recalls.
Speaker: Nate Willits, Chief Financial Officer, American Nuts

Improving Visibility and Traceability in the Retail Grocery and Foodservice Industries: Encoding Attribute Data in EPC/RFID Tags
RFID technology offers many benefits relating to traceability and operational efficiencies for the retail grocery and foodservice industry. Effectively tracking food products at the carton and case-level helps ensure food safety, recall readiness, and supply chain visibility. Electronic Product Code/Radio Frequency Identification (EPC/RFID) technology does more than just encode the Global Trade Item Number (GTIN) and Serial Number. In this session, gain an understanding of the guideline developed by GS1 US  for capturing attribute data in the RFID data carrier for the purpose of recall management, freshness management, and operational efficiencies. Learn how the guideline was produced to address the near-term industry needs relating to encoding attribute data and Get technical specifications for implementing a means of capturing attribute data.
Speaker: Jonathan Gregory, Director of Community Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise, GS1 US

Award Finalist Session: C&A Enhances Inventory Visibility to Boost Omnichannel Capability
C&A, one of the largest retail chains in the world with 1,800 stores in 24 countries, has 280 stores in 125 cities across Brazil. The firm is employing an RFID system to improve inventory accuracy, boost speed and productivity, and reduce operating costs, while offering better service to its customers. C&A trained more than 500 store associates online because COVID measures were in place and travel was restricted. The firm expects the technology’s future benefits to provide even greater merchandise visibility and support their omnichannel efforts. Learn how inventory accuracy increased to 97% and hear how Omnichannel sales grew by 1 ½-2 times for items with RFID in the stores.
Speakers: Vicente Neves, Senior Supply Chain Manager, C&A Modas; Michael Bergel, Supply Chain Strategy Division Manager, C&A Modas

Leveraging RFID to Improve Customer Experience
The Auburn University RFID Lab team has developed a toolkit to document the customer shopping experience process in various retail store models, and map it against the store layouts.  These models can be used to understand how new technologies will improve or influence the customer experience, and the session includes a case study of contactless checkout systems as compared to traditional models to help highlight the differences.
Speaker: Justin Patton, Director, RFID Center, Auburn University

RFID Strategies and Best Practices in Retail and Apparel
RFID technology can be used for daily cycle counts, replenishment, promotions management, customer engagement and other in-store applications, while delivering value to retailers. Hear from leading retailers and brand owners in this informative panel, as they address how they are using RFID to achieve operational benefits and lessons learned from their deployments.
Speaker: Mark Roberti,  Founder and Editor, RFID Journal