Retail Intelligence Blog

December 5th, 2013

Inventory Management Will Create the Internet of Things

It’s buzzworthy… it’s unavoidable… it’s trendy… it is… the Internet of Things. What does the term mean, and, more importantly, what does it mean to a retailer (or everyday human being) today?

The “IoT”

The term “Internet of Things” (or IoT) was first popularized in an RFID Journal article written by Kevin Ashton, though similar ideas around interconnected objects had existed for quite some time. In the article, Ashton claims the term first originated in 1999 in a presentation he gave to Proctor & Gamble. The term generally refers to the idea that, while information (bits and bytes) is certainly valuable, in the real world, things count even more. While the internet and the devices that connect to it are fantastic at managing information, they still do a very poor job managing things–where they are, what they contain, their current status, and the like. (more…)

November 16th, 2013

First!

Welcome to the SML RFID blog! We’re hoping that this will serve as an informative, thought-provoking, and fun way to communicate with you, whether you are a customer, partner, supplier, or industry expert. If you are curious about RFID, inventory management, supply chain management, retail apparel, and enterprise software applications, we’ve got you covered.

We want to use this forum to share the kinds of things we are thinking about on a regular basis with significantly less formality (and signifcantly more two-way discussion) than a typical website or white paper allows. Together, we can explore ideas, ask and answer questions, and comment on industry-related current events. With this blog, we can broaden the scope of inquiry beyond the often narrow areas of interest addressed in white papers and case studies, and do everything from contemplate the future of our industry and others, to elucidating some technical detail of RFID you may have been curious about. (more…)

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