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CHIP Project (Chain Integration Pilot)

Posted by Justin Patton on May 9, 2019 6:00:00 AM

The Auburn University RFID Lab has publicly announced the CHIP Project, a blockchain proof-of-concept for serialized data exchange in the Retail and Apparel supply chain. CHIP, an acronym for CHain Integration Pilot, will be the first of its kind in the industry, with the goal of integrating item-level data streams from various stakeholders into a blockchain solution, creating a common record of information jointly shared by trade partners that will enable end-to-end visibility and data-driven decision making throughout the value chain.

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Topics: Supply Chain Management, Blockchain

RFID Lab Joins Hyperledger Collaboration hosted by the Linux Foundation

Posted by Justin Patton on Mar 27, 2019 8:59:10 AM

The Auburn University RFID Lab is excited to announce its new membership with Hyperledger, a global collaboration hosted by the Linux Foundation that focuses on the advancement of blockchain and DLT technologies. Hyperledger functions as a greenhouse for a series of open source blockchain frameworks with cross-industry applications, ranging from finance and banking to supply chain and logistics. As one of the largest working consortiums of its kind, Hyperledger is comprised of hundreds of contributing organizations such as Accenture, Deloitte, IBM, Intel, Oracle, JP Morgan, and many more.

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Topics: RFID, Supply Chain Management, Blockchain

Who Pays for Retail RFID Tagging?

Posted by Justin Patton on Dec 13, 2016 5:18:28 PM

Whether the brand buys the tags or the retailer subsidizes tagging, the cost will be absorbed into the cost of the item in the long run. We still have a few apparel retailers ask us about cost of goods increases for RFID tagged items. What many of them don't realize is that the per-item cost of apparel RFID is quickly becoming independent of whether or not the retailer actually has an RFID program. Unless it's an exclusive or private label item, retail RFID tagging is fast becoming a standard feature rather than a retailer requested option.

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Topics: RFID, RFID Tagged Items, Retail RFID Tagging

Eithne Field Talks RFID Lab Open House on WANI Radio

Posted by Justin Patton on Sep 19, 2016 1:23:58 PM

Auburn University RFID Lab Manager Eithne Field, spoke about an Open House on Friday, September 23rd, on WANI’s Auburn Opelika This Morning with Andy Burcham. Listen HERE.

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Topics: RFID, RFID Open House

Explore The Auburn University RFID Lab on Friday, September 23

Posted by Justin Patton on Sep 14, 2016 4:11:52 PM

Auburn University RFID Lab Director Justin Patton and the entire RFID lab staff will host an open house from 3PM-5PM on Friday, September 23rd before the LSU game.

Lab demonstrations will be on display, including some new demos focused on football player tracking and ball tracking. These displays will be interactive and provide fun for everyone!

Additionally, a guided lab tour will take place at 3:30 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The event is open to the public and we'll be grilling burgers and hotdogs.

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Topics: RFID, RFID Open House

The Out of Stock Study That Changed the Way Retail Views Inventory

Posted by Justin Patton on Aug 31, 2016 8:22:18 AM

 In November 2005, the RFID Lab under the leadership of Dr. Bill Hardgrave, published the white paper that changed the way retail views inventory. The lab tackled the first deep investigation into RFID's impact on Out-of-Stocks in retail stores. 

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Topics: RFID, RFID Tags

RFID Uses in Apparel Supplier Distribution Centers

Posted by Justin Patton on Apr 4, 2016 1:10:01 PM

Since the mid-2000s, RFID has rapidly increased in adoption among apparel retailers. Currently it is in use by over half of the apparel retailers in the United States, mainly in their stores to improve inventory accuracy. 

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Topics: RFID, Apparel Distribution, Apparel Supply Chain, Apparell Supplier Distribution Centers

An Empirical Study for RFID Uses in the Apparel Retail Supply Chain

Posted by Justin Patton on Mar 10, 2016 4:28:16 PM

Today's small suppliers and retail stores have scores if not hundreds of Stock Keeping Units (SKU). Because of this large number, an automated approach to inventory tracking and reordering at the individual SKU level is particularly important to apparel distribution centers and retailers. Item level tagging using Radio Frequency ID (RFID) is an excellent way to achieve an automated inventory control system that is affordable and accurate.

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Topics: Supply Chain Data, Inventory Management, Supply Chain Management, Apparel Supply Chain

Auburn RFID Lab

Auburn University's RFID Lab specializes in the business case and technical implementation of radio frequency identification technology in retail, supply chain and manufacturing settings.

In moving to Auburn University in 2014, the lab was reunited with its founder, Harbert College of Business Dean Bill Hardgrave. Hardgrave helped launch the lab at the University of Arkansas in 2005.

The lab has continued to work with leading retail, supply chain, manufacturing and technology companies.

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