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June 22nd, 2017

How fast are Retailers adopting RFID?

Whilst many retailers have in mind to test and implement RFID technology, the reality is most organisations are planted in the present and the targeted goal remains a complete contrast to current deployment rates.

This is where the statistical confusion of RFID adoption comes from. The statistics broadly adopted by retailers, take into account those in the planning stages of adopting RFID or in the initial trial stage but often in reality only have a few items that are tagged and in circulation within the supply chain. Compare this with the true figure of 4 to 8 percent, which only takes into account the retailers who are fully using the technology and have finished rolling it out.

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June 7th, 2017

Why Omnichannel Could be the High Street’s Saviour

Despite seeing more and more retailers close their doors, some high street shops are fighting back and seeing the benefits of implementing the latest technology solutions as part of their ongoing strategies. According to a report by World Pay into the Role of Omni-Channel Payments in Driving Business Growth, omnichannel shoppers spend between 50-300% more than consumers who use just one channel to do their shopping. This is because they have the flexibility to start shopping on one device, move to another and have every option of delivery or pickup available to them. Ultimately, retailers are rewarded for utilising technology and providing customers with a seamless omnichannel experience.

Large retailers such as Tesco have started to see a significant boost in sales since catching onto this and are now working towards providing consumers with continuity when doing their shopping. Not only this but these retailers are having to continually meet the demands of the ever-growing appeal of a fast transaction process. Consumers have started to expect the ability to choose when and how they get their products, whether it be through 24-hour delivery or a click and collect option.

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June 5th, 2017

A Seat at the Table

Despite its many talents, RFID has never really had a seat at the logistics table. But with an increasing desire for transparency, will the qualities of the technology finally be realised? Alex Leonards reports.

RFID is considered a mature technology by some, including Uwe Henning, chief executive of real-time analytics company Detego. Henning considers the technology to be well-developed and used in closed loop applications like asset tracking and automotive logistics.

But last year Detego, which specialises in providing transparency for the fashion industry, finally saw RFID finding its feet in the fashion retail supply chain. Detego’s growth is chiefly coming from this sector.

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June 1st, 2017

Why Omni-Channel Could Save the High Street

Within the past decade, retailers have shifted their focus from physical stores to an “online-only” strategy. This is in part due to rising costs of owning and operating physical stores, the higher profit margins for online retailers and also the technological advances that have led to consumers being able to purchase goods from any device.

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May 24th, 2017

Is Universal RFID Adoption a Done Deal in the Apparel Industry?

According to recent news, statistics and insight from industry experts about the apparel business and omnichannel retailing, universal RFID adoption is a done deal within the industry. Or is it?

Recent statistics reported by retail analysts, industry groups and retailers themselves state that RFID usage numbers range from 50 percent to 96 percent. However, these numbers are inaccurate and overly optimistic as the actual pace of RFID adoption is far slower and more methodical than previously thought.

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May 17th, 2017

RFID Deployment is Overstated, Industry Exec Says

Many bullish assessments indicate US retailers, specifically soft goods retailers, are adopting item-level RFID in huge percentages, anywhere from 50-96%, depending on the source.

Not so, says RFID industry veteran Dean Frew, currently CTO and SVP RFID Solutions for SML Group, in a series of guest columns in trade magazines in recent weeks.

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May 1st, 2017

How Fast is Retail Adopting RFID?

Originally posted on Apparel.

If recent news and information about the apparel business and omnichannel retailing are any indication, universal RFID adoption is an industry fait accompli.

Except when it isn’t. Not yet, anyway.

Statistics from retail reporters, industry groups and retailers themselves share RFID usage numbers ranging from 50 percent to 96 percent. In actuality, these numbers are inaccurate, exceedingly optimistic, and obscure the actual realistic pace of RFID adoption, which is far slower and more methodical.

While the aim among retailers to integrate RFID technology into their operations rates is near 100 percent, actual deployment of full RFID systems still hovers in the single digits.

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April 26th, 2017

Packaging is the Latest Trend in Cosmetics

For many years, retailers struggled to manage little items such as cosmetics, jewelry and fragrances because they are often too small to be tagged effectively. This challenge has led to billions in lost profit due to stolen or misplaced inventory. Recent advancements in RFID technology, however, are allowing organizations to implement smart packaging that not only reduces and eliminates inventory shrinkage but also provides a security system that is trackable throughout the entire supply chain.

Click here to read our recent article, Packaging is the Latest Trend in Cosmetics, in this month’s Packaging Gazette, to learn more about how RFID technology is helping retailers overcome the challenges of the past and accurately manage even their smallest products.

April 19th, 2017

RFID Retail Challenges and Opportunities Round Table Sponsored by SML

RFID technology provides unprecedented visibility into the location of retail merchandise and, therefore, provides benefits that may include: reduced inventory requirements, enhanced omni-channel fulfillment, positively influence sales, improve customer satisfaction, reduce markdowns and labor costs, as well as improve supply chain coordination. The Roundtable describes the challenges and opportunities on retail application and adoption of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. The conversation coincided with the release of a 15-month study of RFID, which presented an extensive amount of primary data provided by Macy’s, recently published by Platt Retail Institute (PRI) and the Retail Analytics Council (RAC) at Northwestern University.

Download the full version of RFID Retail Challenges  and Opportunities Round Table at the “Download Load” page of www.sml-rfid.com or link to http://plattretailinstitute.org/retail-research-articles/

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