RFID Journal Announces Keynote For 2nd Annual RFID Journal Apparel and Footwear Summit

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Dillard's CIO Bill Holder to head up a lineup of industry leaders at the only RFID event designed for apparel and footwear companies, Aug. 20-22, 2007.

RFID Journal, the world's leading media and events company covering radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, and the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), the leading trade association for the apparel and footwear industries, announced today that Dillard's CIO Bill Holder will deliver the opening keynote address at the second annual RFID Journal -- AAFA Apparel & Footwear Summit, which will be held Aug. 20-22, 2007, at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

"We are very excited to have the CIO of one of the leading apparel and footwear retailers heading up an impressive lineup of speakers," said Mark Roberti, founder and editor of RFID Journal. "The quality of our speakers this year shows that this has become the must-attend RFID event for the apparel and footwear industries."

Holder will discuss the work Dillard's has been doing to determine where RFID can deliver value in the company's supply chain. Dillard's has been examining how RFID can improve, among other things, the replenishment processes and product turn rates. Holder will explain where the company sees benefits, and how it plans to move forward.

The focus of this year's conference is how to increase sales and cut costs with RFID. The event opens with an RFID Journal University preconference seminar, offering an introduction to RFID tailored to the apparel and footwear industries.

The summit also includes an invitation-only Leadership Forum, during which senior executives from major apparel and footwear companies can discuss implementation issues.

Among the other featured speakers are:

  • Frank Cornelius, RFID Project Leader, New Balance
  • Bridget Chan, CIO, Esquel Group
  • Nick Tentis, Managing Director, Nick Tentis
  • Neco Can, Cofounder, Industry Standard (an RFID-enabled boutique)
  • Marshall Kay, RFID Practice Leader, Kurt Salmon Associates
  • Patrick Javick, Manager, Industry Development, EPCglobal North America
  • Mark Roberti, Editor and Founder, RFID Journal

"This is the only event where apparel and footwear companies in the United States, Europe and Asia can learn from early adopters how to realize the benefits of RFID to improve the way they manufacture, ship and sell apparel and footwear products," said Mary Howell, VP of industry relations for the AAFA. "Many people commented to me, after last year's event, that this kind of objective information about a much-hyped new technology is just what our industries need."

The conference is produced by RFID Journal, in partnership with the American Apparel & Footwear Association. Avery Dennison is the cornerstone sponsor for the event. Platinum sponsors are Checkpoint and Reva Systems; silver sponsors are OATSystems and TAGSYS RFID; and the registration sponsor is Paxar.

Discounts for advance registration end June 22, 2007.

For more information please visit the RFID Journal-AAFA Apparel and Footwear Summit Web site at http://www.rfidjournalevents.com/apparelsummit, or contact Attendee Registration at 631-249-4960.

About RFID Journal:
RFID Journal is the leading source of news and in-depth information about radio frequency identification (RFID) and its many business applications. Business executives and implementers depend on RFID Journal for up-to-the-minute RFID news, in-depth case studies, best practices, strategic insights and information about vendor solutions. This has made RFID Journal the most relied-upon and respected RFID information resource, serving the largest audience of RFID decision-makers worldwide--in print, online and at face-to-face events. For more information, visit http://www.rfidjournal.com.

About the American Apparel & Footwear Association:
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn-products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA's mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political and trade restraints.
http://www.apparelandfootwear.org.

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