Evolving Use Cases and Business Models for RFID in Retail

Andrea Volpi, Lecturer Industrial Engineering Dept.
University of Parma
Apr 29, 2015.

Presentation Summary

The use of RFID technology has been widespread in apparel and fashion for the past decade. However, use
cases and business models for RFID deployments are rapidly changing and shifting, from cost-cutting
solutions to use-case studies aimed at increasing turnover and the customer experience. Supply chain
models are also changing, since traditional retailers are leveraging RFID data to enable new models
borrowed from online stores. Learn how RFID is being used, and hear the latest case studies from Europe.

Speaker Biography (Andrea Volpi)

Andrea Volpi graduated (with distinction) in July 2003 in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Parma. During his studies, he has been awarded by the Rector of the University of Parma as the best student of the Mechanical Engineering class during 4 subsequent academics years, from 1999 up to 2003. Since January 2006, he has been working as Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering Department at the same University, his major activities have been devoted to managing the research projects carried out in RFID Lab, a forefront laboratory in the same department.
Since November 2008, he works as a Lecturer at the Industrial Engineering Department of the University of Parma, carrying out research activities mainly concerned with logistics and supply chain management issues; thus his skills and competences are mainly related to RFID and logistics topics which are expressed in many papers produced.
He acts as a referee for some international scientific journals, such as International Journal of RF Technology: Research and Applications, International Journal of Logistics: Research and Applications.

Company Profile (University of Parma)

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RFID Lab stems from multi-year research activities performed at the Department of Industrial Engineering
of the University of Parma. Founded in 2006, the lab focuses on exploring the applications of RFID
technology and the EPC system to business processes. Research activities, first focused on the food and fast
moving consumer goods fields consumer, encompass several market segments, including, among others,
paper, textiles, pharmaceuticals, health care and public administrations.