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NRF Big Show day two: source tagging set to ramp up

Lots of buzz on the exhibit hall floor today during day two of the NRF Big Show. Exhibitors were generally pleased with the large amount of retailers moving up and down the aisles. Here are a few notes I picked up during the course of the day.

Some exhibitors at NRF are predicting a surge in apparel source tagging by the end of the year. One major apparel brand is expected to announce that it will source tag all of its garments by year-end. Current estimates have about 20 percent of all garments being source tagged. That could likely reach 50 percent saturation by the end of the year.

An Avery Dennison associate performs an RFID demo on the show floor at NRF.

“We’re definitely seeing more tagging at the source,” says Tommy Lui, senior vice president at Li & Fung Logistics in Hong Long. “Tagging is only meaningful when you tag at the source. Tagging at the destination just is not going to make it.”

Pam Sweeney and Peter Longo have done a fabulous job of spreading Macy’s message on its RFID rollout at various industry events over the past year. It was great, however, to hear a new voice speak about the Macy’s deployment. Chief administrative officer Tom Cole brought a passion and a fresh voice to the Macy’s RFID initiative when he spoke at NRF this week.

“Right now our focus for the next two years is just to put enough scanners in stores to take inventory, and then we’ll learn from that and we’ll figure out how to do things like loss prevention and item location,” he said, adding that it is only a matter of time before RFID tags are on every item and become as common as bar codes.

Ascena Retail Group, the owner of the Dress Barn, Maurice’s and Justine chains,  is using iPads in its stores to help customers order out of stocks products. Why not simply deploy RFID to get to the root of the problem and eliminate out-of-stocks? I didn’t get to ask CEO David Jaffe about this after his presentation, but we’ll reach out to him and bring you more details soon. It could be that Ascena is one of the many specialty retailers operating in stealth mode that are expected to fully deploy this year.

In a sign that deployments are becoming more commonplace, retailers attending the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative meeting Sunday have decided to stop referring to rollouts as “trials.” Instead, all store RFID activity will be referred to as a rollout. The idea is to phase out the word “trial,” which may send the inaccurate message that the technology still doesn’t always work.

One of the new product announcements released at NRF was from SML Group Ltd, which announced the launch of of its new RFID solution called ViziT. SML Group Ltd, a global brand identification solutions provider that supplies tags and labels to the retail apparel industry, says that its item visibility solutions provide for a full range of RFID/EAS enabled paper and woven labels, plus tickets and stickers that can be attached to apparel hanging and stacked items.

Each label will carry its own unique GS1 EPC serial number, which may be attached to garments and items and tracked by SML’s ViziT IT cloud based data management software. ViziT also provides for semi automated inventory control and offers improved loss prevention by triggering alarms and providing item identification at the store exit.

SML works along with the Impinj STP™ source tagging platform and is able to offer high speed RFID chip encoding and label printing through its own global network of service bureaus in China, Korea, India, Bangladesh, Central America, the U.S. and Europe.

“SML has noted the recent statements from companies such as JC Penney, Macy’s, Walmart and Gerry Weber, who all state that they intend to expand or introduce RFID item tracking to their store operations,” says Philip Calderbank, SML’s vice president of Global RFID. “As one of the world’s premier producers of garment labels, we felt it was time to introduce RFID into the SML product range.

“ViziT provides complete item level visibility by offering a full selection of RFID enabled labels and stickers. However, in our opinion, the management of the serial numbers is of equal importance to the overall success of any RFID system. So we decided to develop a total data management solution. Through this ViziT IT Cloud, we offer a simple solution for encoding and printing the labels in our global service bureaus.”

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