Softworld Supply Chain, 16 17 March 2005, NEC, Birmingham,

With the adoption of RFID technology predicted to enter its second phase this year, Softworld Supply Chain is offering professionals free masterclass sessions to help them keep up to date with this technology.

Now in its thirteenth year, Softworld Supply Chain is Europes leading event for the supply chain community and runs from the 16 17 March 2005 at the NEC, Birmingham. The free RFID sessions are part of the shows masterclass programme hosted by leading independent experts. The sessions focusing on RFID are as follows:

The perfect RFID pilot project hosted by Bernard Auton, Chairman of the Technology Faculty, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). The session will cover: business drivers; project management; and technical considerations.

Case study: implementing the worlds largest retail RFID Andy Chadbourne, Intellident Ltd will detail the implementation of RFID technology at Marks & Spencer. The session will cover: UHF technology deployed in the retail sector; challenges faced; the importance of planning; and experience gained.

In addition, there will be a panel debate focusing on working towards RFID compliance. Panelists will discuss: what RFID compliance is; the cost of compliance and justifying ROI; strategies to ease technology implementation; and the future for RFID.

2004 saw organisations deploying RFID on a small scale; however, analysts are predicting that 2005 will see budgets increasing and the entrance of bigger players to the marketplace. The UK will also see the knock-on effect of compliance projects in America following the mandates set by the US Department of Defense and Wal-Mart for all their suppliers. These free sessions at Softworld have been devised to ensure that supply chain and IT executives can keep up to speed with the latest developments in this field, as well as learning from real-life practical examples.

Other sessions running on the programme cover: negotiating software packages with suppliers, understanding the disciplines of the supply chain, avoiding legal pitfalls of IT contracts and managing a logistics provider relationship. Softworld Supply Chain also features an exhibition of around 70 leading supply chain software providers, such as Manhattan Associates, Epicor Software Ltd, RedPrairie, Sage and Oracle Corporation UK Ltd.

All pre-registered visitors to Softworld will receive a FREE Softworld Buyers Guide to Supply Chain Solutions (RRP 120) containing the latest market information and a detailed guide to the suppliers in this market.

To view the sessions in full, or to pre-register to attend the event, please visit: or Tel: 07000 763 896.

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