Reference #: ITRI-WP159-1211 Date: January 15, 2012

RFID Item-level Quantity Auditing for Apparel Supplier Distribution Centers.


The study is a continuation of the Phase I study into Supplier ROI, and was performed through 2011 with funding by GS1 US and the American Apparel and Footwear Association AAFA. The goal of the research was to focus on a few key use cases as identified in Phase I, analyze RFID data collected from Retail Suppliers who are implementing these use cases, and determine to what extent RFID can be used to generate ROI within a Supplier’s own operations. Much of the research focused on the Supplier’s Distribution Centers, and how RFID can help with inventory accuracy, shipping accuracy, and the costs to achieve high levels of accuracy. Also the effects of inventory accuracy on Retailer claims and DC operations are discussed. Some tools are included to allow suppliers to calculate potential ROI within their own operations.