Retail White Papers

  • Six Attributes of High-Performing RFID Tags for Retail Apparel Market
    Published March 2017
    SML Group's Yichang Liu and Dean Frew examine six important requirements of high-performing RFID tags for the retail apparel market. The authors discuss why these attributes are of vital importance in a tag and outline the effectiveness of SML's GB3 tag. (3 pages)
  • Smarter Fashion
    Published November 2016
    Uwe Hennig, Detego's CEO, charts the rise of smart devices and the Internet of Things in fashion, looking at new and better ways to meet the needs of today’s connected shopper. (5 pages)
  • End-to-End, Always-On RFID Inventory Management for Retail: Analyzing the ROI
    Published March 2016
    Inventory management using fixed RFID readers provides accurate real-time inventory data, benefiting retailers in terms of revenue and gross profit uplift, omnichannel execution, shrinkage and more. Mojix explains how RFID can help retailers sell to the last item, moving from a push-inventory model to a high-visibility model, and reducing inventory while improving availability and customer service. (6 pages)
  • Traceability in Retail: Reducing RFID Media Costs for Best Value
    Published March 2016
    Traditional RFID label media are printed on inlays spaced at regular intervals defined years ago to help ensure accurate data encoding. On-pitch printing and encoding technology is now available that supports very close inlay spacing, which can reduce the cost of media by as much as 10 percent. This white paper, from Zebra Technologies, outlines the benefits that item-level tagging brings to the retail industry, and reveals how on-pitch printing and encoding solutions can boost the value of RFID beyond the supply chain. (7 pages)
  • Cracking the Code: Deciphering Retail Location-Based Services Technology
    Published February 2016
    Within the last few years, a plethora of new location-based services (LBS) have been created for retail applications. The primary location-based technologies used, whether separately or combined together to create a synergized solution, include RFID, Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. In this white paper, Boston Retail Partners discusses the potential opportunities available through the installation of LBS in retail. (10 pages)
  • What RAIN RFID Brings to the Internet of Things
    Published December 2015
    Growth of the Internet of Things is forecast to exceed that of other connected devices. Estimates predict the resulting economic value-add that businesses will derive may be as high as $1.9 trillion, with adoption being led by retail, manufacturing and health care. The RAIN RFID Alliance explains how RAIN RFID, as an essential building block of the IoT, can enable many new applications and business models, as well as make them affordable and practical. (7 pages)
  • RFID: Tracking a Tangible Approach to Gain Efficiencies in Food Retail
    Published September 2015
    The retail food industry provides a valuable service to consumers worldwide, but as a commodity market, it succeeds on razor-thin margins. Given the resource-intensive nature of grocery stores, responding to volatile market conditions while remaining competitive is extremely difficult. Avery Dennison explains how radio frequency identification could hold the answer for the retail food industry, serving as a key enabler in allowing stores to streamline resources, maximize profits and keep customers happy. (7 pages)
  • The 10 Crucial Lessons Learned From the First-Ever Global RFID Retail Deployment
    Published August 2015
    In 2008, American Apparel's senior-executive team faced a crisis. Throughout 2007 and 2008, the company had been opening stores at a fast clip, growing overall revenues immensely with same-store-sales lagging behind, but healthy nonetheless. After years of expansion, the writing was on the wall: with dozens of new stores spread out across the world, comparable store sales were flattening. By the end of 2009, American Apparel reported an 11 percent decline in comparable store sales. SML explains how the team looked at and ranked potentially disruptive technologies, and how it kept coming back to item-level RFID as a tool that could change the way in which it operated at a fundamental level.
  • Winning in Retail With RFID: Today and Tomorrow
    Published August 2015
    In recent years, RFID solutions have seen widespread acceptance in retail inventory management. The major drivers of business value in RFID for retail include benefits in sales and margin, reduced costs, improved inventory management, and supply chain efficiency. SML discusses how to derive the most business benefit from RFID, as well as how different retailers and brand owners have adopted the technology to maximize their return on investment.
    Tags: Retail
  • Kurt Salmon RFID in Retail Study
    Published January 2015
    In 2014, Kurt Salmon initiated a U.S. study to examine the current state of RFID adoption across the soft lines industry, surveying 50 U.S. soft lines retailers meeting a minimum revenue threshold of $500 million in the basics, fashion or accessories merchandise categories. The survey explored retailers' and brands' current perspective on RFID and their usage intent for the technology in the future. (8 pages)
    Tags: Retail
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