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November 22nd, 2018

How Fashion Retailers can Make Black Friday Happy Friday

Originally published on apparelmag.com

Black Friday is undoubtedly a busy period for fashion retailers and can be considered the busiest shopping day of the year, proving to be hugely profitable for apparel brands. In particular, it can present retailers with a number of significant business opportunities such as increased customer engagement and loyalty, creating jobs for store associates and opportunities to drive sales at an exponential rate.

Events such as Black Friday offer retailers vast opportunities to take advantage of an increased customer demand with the challenge of countless fashion outlets already advertising their best deals to secure sales. This November will see retailers experience an influx of customers looking to purchase clothing they’ve been holding out to buy during the run-up to the Friday. While these events encourage discount-hungry customers to spend more, it can also present a burden for retailers who aren’t prepared for the sudden increase in customer interest creating a torrent of inventory out of stocks and a wave of returns. (more…)

October 30th, 2018

100 Million Reasons Why Retailers Should Use RFID

Originally posted on rfidjournal.com

Last week, RFID Journal hosted a webinar discussing the use of radio frequency identification technologies in the retail sector, titled How an End-to-End RFID Solutions Approach Has Reduced Risk and Accelerated Return on Investment (ROI) for Retailers Around the Globe. One of our speakers was Dean Frew, the chief technology officer and senior VP of RFID solutions at SML Group. (more…)

October 29th, 2018

123 Apparel and Footwear Companies Sign New “AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment”

Originally posted on aafaglobal.org

Today, 123 apparel and footwear companies signed the new “AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment,” reflecting the industry’s commitment to the fair treatment of workers in the global apparel, footwear, and travel goods supply chain.

Developed in conjunction with the American Apparel & Footwear Association and the Fair Labor Association, the Commitment is a proactive industry effort to address potential forced labor risks for migrant workers in the global supply chain. Each signatory commits to working with its partners to create conditions where no worker pays for their job; (more…)

October 10th, 2018

Auburn University RFID Lab, GS1 US Study Confirms RFID Enables Nearly 100 Percent Order Accuracy at Retail

Originally posted on apparelmag.com

New research from the Auburn University RFID Lab and GS1 US® found that brand owners and retailers using Electronic Product Code (EPC®)-enabled radio frequency identification (RFID) to optimize inventory management and reconcile product shipments are capable of achieving 99.9 percent order accuracy. Using item-level RFID technology, retailers can decrease out-of-stocks, improve loss detection, boost sales margins and expedite returns — just to name a few of the technology’s benefits.

Measuring a sample of more than 1 million items from five leading retailers and eight brand owners, the study also found that when RFID was not implemented, 69 percent of orders shipped and received from brands to their retailer partners contained data errors. These errors were revealed in picking, shipping, and receiving, resulting in inventory inaccuracies and costly chargebacks from the retailers to the brand owners. Additionally, the research exposed that brands and retailers generally accept these process errors and attempt “work-arounds,” which often result in additional errors and costs.

“This study should cause retail industry stakeholders to consider the immediate positive impact item-level RFID can have on supply chain efficiency. Retailers and brands have a tremendous opportunity to eliminate errors, as the lack of inventory accuracy is a preventable problem that can be solved with greater automation through RFID,” said Dr. Bill Hardgrave, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, Auburn University.

“Retail today is ultra-competitive — the right product needs to be in the right place at the right time for the consumer. Deploying item-level RFID improves the efficiency, precision and reliability of the entire retail supply chain, helping brands and retailers exceed consumer expectations and build loyalty,” said Michelle Covey, vice president of retail apparel and general merchandise, GS1 US.

The EPC/RFID Retail Supply Chain Data Exchange Study, also dubbed “Project Zipper,” surveyed the effectiveness and business value of item-level RFID tagged items as they travel throughout the supply chain, from a brand owner to a retailer. It examined the flow of information between the brands and retailers over a one-year period from June 2017 to June 2018. During this time, the RFID Lab team examined the data obtained from barcode scans at the brand owners’ distribution centers, and barcode data at the retailers’ distribution centers, and compared them with data captured via RFID tags.

The study will continue with a Phase 2 analysis that will investigate the causes of errors, the consequences of workarounds and additional use cases for traceability and authenticity. Researchers anticipate Phase 2 will be completed in mid-2019.

For more information about the Auburn University RFID Lab research, please visit https://rfid.auburn.edu/. To read the full study and to learn more about GS1 US and industry implementations of RFID, please visit www.gs1us.org/projectzipper.

October 5th, 2018

How Retailers Can Avoid Striking Out During the World Series

Originally posted at business2community.com

Without question a busy retail period is hugely profitable for businesses. In particular, national and international events can present retailers with a number of significant business opportunities such as increased customer engagement, creating jobs for store associates and opportunities to drive sales at an exponential rate.

Major sporting events in particular offer retailers vast opportunities to take advantage of an increased customer demand. For example, the upcoming World Series will see retailers experience an influx of customers looking to purchase replica shirts, electronics, food and alcohol. Yet, whilst these events encourage customers to spend more, it can also present a burden for retailers who aren’t prepared for the sudden increase in customer interest. (more…)

September 26th, 2018

Struggling, But Fighting Back

The retail sector has seen multiple store closures this year, increasing the pressure to innovate through two-way radios, body-worn cameras, RFID and other wireless technologies. Kate O’Flaherty reports

Toys R Us, Maplin, Mothercare and House of Fraser were just a few of the casualties in 2018 as consumers chose to shop online instead of visiting bricks-and-mortar locations.

According to some retail experts, this is leading to a reluctance to invest in technology – which itself paradoxically makes it even more difficult to compete. However, others point to the growth of body-worn cameras and digital two-way radios in shopping centres and large outlets, in addition to RFID boasting more advanced capabilities. (more…)

September 24th, 2018

A1 Retail | SML Q&A

Dean Frew, CTO and Senior Vice President of RFID Solutions at SML, sat down with A1 Retail to answer questions about RFID for retailers. (more…)

September 14th, 2018

How Retailers Can Change Customer Experience at Checkout by Using RFID

Originally posted at business2community.com

With the new era of retailing underway, we are now seeing commerce and technology coming together to revolutionize the customer experience. With an increase in technological advancements, retailers are now implementing new technologies to help improve their business operations with RFID being one of those utilised.

As RFID is rapidly gaining adoption within the retail industry across the globe, it is one of the key technologies being applied to help enhance a retailer’s operations. In addition, it also helps to improve a retailers inventory management. As retailers recognise the initial investment and returns of using the technology, they are now looking for alternative ways to leverage the investment in RFID to help gain advantages over their competitors and solve operational constraints. (more…)

September 11th, 2018

MyDyer Transforms Its End-To-End Supply Chain with ERP

Originally posted in Apparel Magazine

Retailers and manufacturers share the same goal: increase sales and improve margins on those sales. They also share the consumer — someone who expects an integrated, omnichannel experience, in which their likes and dislikes are “understood” on an individual level. In today’s complex retail environment, the requirements for delivering this consumer experience, as well as understanding the viability of consumer goods, are jointly owned and influenced by retailers and manufacturers. That’s why collaboration — between retailers and their manufacturing counterparts — is paramount.

MyDyer, a full-package apparel manufacturing and global sourcing firm based in Long Beach, CA, has experienced consistent and steady success and growth in its nearly 20 years in business, but until recently had been utilizing a small financial package and a highly customized solution on a common development platform as its primary business solution.

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September 4th, 2018

How Retailers can Change Customer Experience at Checkout by using RFID

With the new era of retailing underway, we are now seeing commerce and technology coming together to revolutionize the customer experience

With an increase in technological advancements, retailers are now implementing new technologies to help improve their business operations with RFID being one of those utilised.

As RFID is rapidly gaining adoption within the retail industry across the globe, it is one of the key technologies being applied to help enhance a retailer’s operations. In addition, it also helps to improve a retailers inventory management. As retailers recognise the initial investment and returns of using the technology, they are now looking for alternative ways to leverage the investment in RFID to help gain advantages against their competitors and solve operational constraints. (more…)

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