RFID in retail is exploding, and tonight the latest tends in retail RFID will be discussed at the MIT Enterprise Forum meeting at MIT. The event, “Disruptive Innovation: Improving the Retail Flow of Goods,” will examine the impact of long-range RFID and sensors on the Internet of Things for retail and other industries.
Speakers include Sprague Ackley, a technologist with Intermec; Christopher Loussert, vice president of RFID integration with Tagsys; Greg Morello, CMO at Port Logistics Group; and Thomas Reese, senior director of business development at Intelleflex. Retired Intermec president Michael Ohanian will moderate the panel discussion. The event begins at 6 p.m. Follow RFID 24-7 for live Twitter updates from the meeting (@johnrfid247).
Ackley will discuss how to implement RFID without disrupting already successful bar code systems, and will summarize new guidelines recently released by GS1.
Loussert will discuss tag miniaturization and integrated software platforms, and how U.S. retailer mandates for item-level RFID are triggering paradigm shifts for RFID technologies. Tag miniaturization enables small-size, long range RFID. Modular and scalable software platforms enable new processes such as bulk encoding for serialization, enabling full virtualization of the supply chain and enabling in the future full production line sharing.
Loussert and Morello will deliver a presentation on improving the flow of goods within the retail supply chain, and will demonstrate a live example of an integrated platform combining NFC and RFID technologies. PLG is a 3PL provider to brands such as Macy’s, YOOX, and others.
Finally, Reese will address on-demand data visibility solutions for cold chain and asset management, including solutions for fresh, frozen and packaged foods, and pharmaceutical temperature monitoring, asset tracking, personnel monitoring retail, healthcare and other applications.