Award given to RFID trial in retail apparel

The Auto-ID Labs St. Gallen / Zürich (Switzerland) has won the “EHI Science Award for Cooperation 2010”, awarded by the EHI Retail Institute e.V. for the best cooperation between research institutes and the retail sector.

The St. Gallen lab is part of a network of Auto-ID labs across the world that initiated the EPCglobal organisation (focused on standards for RFID) and continues to work closely with GS1 on research and standards development.

The project took place between the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen (ITEM-HSG, Auto-ID Labs) and the Metro Group, between September 2007 and September 2009.

The objective of the project was to assess the business value of RFID technology in the apparel retail industry. The cooperation is based on an RFID department store trial within the Metro Group Future Store in Germany.

Team members Prof. Dr. Elgar Fleisch, Prof. Dr. Frédéric Thiesse, and Jasser Al-Kassab accepted the award on March 3rd, 2010, on the occasion of the “Retail Innovation Day” and the Annual Conference of the ECR Academic Alliance during the EuroCIS 2010 fair in Düsseldorf, where more than 300 representatives from the retail sector from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland were present.

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