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Offline gkunalin

RFID in the Retail Industry
« on: March 16, 2008, 04:01 AM »
RFID in the Retail Industry
Updated: May 15, 2006

Imagine a shopping cart equipped with a scanner and a touch-screen computer that acts as a virtual personal shopper. As you scan items and put them in your cart, the computer offers information about each product and suggests complementary items. The computer keeps a list of the items in your cart with a running total so you know exactly how much you're spending. When finished shopping, you head to a self-checkout stand or to a cashier. Because your items are already totaled and bagged, the wait time is minimal. All you have to do is pay.

The power behind this hassle-free shopping experience is radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. RFID is helping retailers around the world improve customer satisfaction and increase sales. The technology is transforming the retail industry by offering retailers real-time visibility into inventory and product movement to improve store productivity and loss prevention. Many of the world's largest retailers have mandated RFID tagging. This move affects more than 200,000 manufacturers and suppliers, driving the worldwide market for hardware and software to support RFID.

Here are just a few ways RFID is improving efficiencies and creating a better customer experience in the retail industry.

RFID helps improve inventory management

Inventory control is often a costly, time-consuming process for retailers. By offering real-time inventory visibility, RFID enables inventory managers to monitor and control inventory supply at all times. By automating the inventory tracking process, stores can keep costs down by maintaining optimum inventory levels?avoiding stock-outs and eliminating unnecessary orders. Tracking capabilities also make it easier to predict product demand. Store managers can monitor quick-selling items with increased accuracy, ensuring that their inventory supply is stocked accordingly.

Improving customer service

Satisfied customers mean better business for retailers. By using RFID, your staff can identify the exact location of any retail item at any time. Customer requests can be handled quickly and easily by your customer service team through access to a centralized database. RFID-tagged items offer store-to-store visibility, so items can be located immediately with the touch of a button. This level of product accessibility results in shorter wait times for customers and offers a better shopping experience. Improving overall store efficiencies ultimately results in greater savings to customers.

Boosting customer loyalty

RFID can be the personal shopper of the future. By using RFID technology, retailers can collect information about their customers' purchasing trends and offer rewards targeted to those interests. RFID can enable your marketing and customer service teams to identify customers, call up account histories, and provide value-added services to help create a personalized shopping experience. For example, one clothing retailer in New York is using RFID smart labels to store information about each item in the store, such as fabric content, available sizes and colors, and suggested complementary items or accessories. RFID readers in the fitting rooms are connected to computer monitors so customers can view all the information and make decisions?without ever having to leave the fitting room. And, because privacy is a primary concern, advanced security technology enables your IT staff to better protect all information. Participation is optional for each customer.


Offline gkunalin

RFID Solutions for Retail Industry
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2008, 04:03 AM »
RFID Solution for the Retail Industry
Updated: August 9, 2006

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is evolving as a major technology enabler for tracking goods and assets around the world?from the point of manufacturing through to the retail point-of-sale. Because of its potential benefits, many of the world?s largest retailers have mandated RFID tagging for pallets and cases shipped to their distribution centers by 2005. In the retail industry, this is likely to impact around 200,000 manufacturers and suppliers, and will fuel the global market for hardware and software to support RFID.

An RFID Overview

RFID systems consist of tags, readers and a range of applications to track, monitor, report, and manage items as they move between physical locations. These devices are supported by a sophisticated software architecture that enables the fast, or near time, collection and distribution of location-based information.

All information stored on RFID tags, such as product attributes, dimensions and prices, accompanies items as they travel through a supply chain or other business process. This information can then be scanned wirelessly by a reader at high speed and from a distance of several yards.

Microsoft and RFID Standards

Microsoft is playing a key role in the development of RFID standards. In April 2004 the company joined EPCglobal Inc., a member-driven organization comprised of leading firms and industries focused on creating a standards-based network to support RFID worldwide.

Besides joining EPCglobal, Microsoft announced the formation of a new Microsoft RFID Council, which will focus on how retailers and manufacturers can track and ship their merchandise more effectively using the technology. Operating worldwide, the Council aims to deliver RFID solutions that comply with global standards, are low-cost, simple to deploy, and built on a robust, scalable technology infrastructure. Members of the Council include major consulting firms, system integrators, independent software vendors (ISVs), and hardware manufacturers.

Microsoft RFID Partners

The Microsoft RFID strategy is based on collaboration with world-class industry experts, application software vendors, system integrators, equipment manufacturers, and retailers. These partners develop and implement solutions that are affordable, reliable, and can be supported on open-standards-based technology, enabling customers to achieve greater operational efficiency and reduce costs.

The following partners offer or are developing RFID-based solutions based on Microsoft technology:

Accenture has been working with RFID technology for nearly a decade. For the near term, their vision for RFID is to eradicate black box areas of the supply chain?allowing for a new level of visibility into product location and movement that would eliminate uncertainty across the supply chain. Accenture offers high-performance solutions that help clients seize opportunities?from efficiency and profitability to complete value chain transformation.

Cactus Commerce
The Cactus Commerce RFID solution built on Microsoft BizTalk RFID allows organizations to quickly and efficiently consume, store, manage, and utilize RFID data. Cactus Commerce is a founding member of the Microsoft RFID Partner Advisory Council (PAC) and an active member of EPCglobal. Experienced in delivering vertical solutions, Cactus is actively working with large retailers and manufacturers to utilize RFID event data in critical business processes and systems in order to accelerate business decisions and provide new insights to all levels within the enterprise. Cactus is also a member of both the BizTalk PAC and Commerce Server PAC.

HP is dedicated to driving global RFID standards, implementing RFID practices and developing new solutions and services to help customers change and reduce costs. HP offers RFID-enabled retail goods and RFID consulting and integration services. The company is also a participant in global RFID standards development, an early adopter of RFID in its own operations and an innovator of technology solutions.

The Infosys RFID solution for compliance and beyond addresses key issues facing suppliers and provides strategic direction on the use of RFID. The solution combines strategy, business process, technical consulting, and implementation services, leading organizations to comply without compromising their future potential. The solution is based on Microsoft .NET and is scalable across multiple mandates and mandate expansions with minimal initial exposure. It provides customers an opportunity to transform a cost driven initiative into a competitive differentiator. Infosys is a Microsoft RFID Partner Council member and is engaged with Microsoft on RFID initiatives.

Intel is working with leading retailers, consumer-packaged goods companies and researchers around the world to drive solutions from Intel Itanium 2 architecture running back-end databases, to end user devices based on Intel Centrino Mobile Technology or Intel XScale technology. These technologies will provide the underpinnings of a transformation that will lower inventory and supply chain management costs and drive customer loyalty through a new personalized shopping experience.

Manhattan Associates
Manhattan Associates offers RFID in a Box, a flexible, scalable and componentized solution that provides everything needed to affordably and readily deploy and begin using this technology. Their highly configurable integration system for RFID eases integration across platforms and eliminates much of the custom development typically required of an RFID project. Built on a foundation of integration with high-speed, high-volume systems?such as conveyors, advanced material handling systems and voice recognition technology?this system can integrate RFID into any supply chain execution or ERP application.


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Re: RFID in the Retail Industry
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2010, 12:17 AM »
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