The Jones Group Inc. (ticker: JNY, exchange: New York Stock Exchange (.N))
News Release -
Jones Apparel Group Commences Item-Level RFID Pilot in Select Nine West Retail Locations
Retailer to utilize item-level RFID with state-of-the art solutions and support from Avery Dennison, inCode Wireless, Motorola, RFID Sherpas LLC and Vue Technology.
NEW YORK, Aug. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jones Apparel Group, Inc.
(NYSE: JNY) today announced that it has initiated a program to evaluate Radio
Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in select Nine West retail
locations. The goal of this pilot program will be to study the benefits that
item-level RFID provides in the areas of enhanced productivity, customer
service and inventory accuracy.
"We are always looking for new ways to raise the bar and deliver
outstanding customer service," said Sergio Prosperino, Senior Vice President,
Store Operations at Nine West. "We are intrigued by the prospect of enhanced
inventory visibility, and we think this can be of real value to our customers
and store associates."
The team of companies with whom Jones is partnering on this initiative
-- Vue Technology, which will provide the RFID software and system
-- Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Business, which will provide fixed and
handheld RFID readers and antennas;
-- Avery Dennison, which will provide RFID tags and printers; and
-- inCode Wireless, which will provide installation and integration
services and, along with RFID Sherpas LLC, will perform operational and
business case analysis.
"We are eager to begin this test to explore the benefits that RFID can
provide in our retail footwear locations," said Norm Veit, Executive Vice
President, MIS at Jones. "RFID has interested us for some time, and we
believe it has reached the point where launching a pilot program of this
nature makes sense. We are also pleased to be working with our chosen
partners on this project, and we look forward to the support and expertise we
are confident they will provide."
About Jones Apparel Group
Jones Apparel Group, Inc. (http://www.jny.com) is a leading designer,
marketer and wholesaler of branded apparel, footwear and accessories. The
Company also markets directly to consumers through its chain of specialty
retail and value-based stores. The Company's nationally recognized brands
include Jones New York, Nine West, Anne Klein, Gloria Vanderbilt, Kasper,
Bandolino, Easy Spirit, Evan-Picone, l.e.i., Energie, Enzo Angiolini, Joan &
David, Mootsies Tootsies, Sam & Libby, Napier, Judith Jack, Albert Nipon and
Le Suit. The Company also markets costume jewelry under the Givenchy brand
licensed from Givenchy Corporation, footwear under the Dockers Women brand
licensed from Levi Strauss & Co. and apparel under the Rachel Roy brand
licensed from Rachel Roy IP Company, LLC. Each brand is differentiated by its
own distinctive styling, pricing strategy, distribution channel and target
consumer. The Company contracts for the manufacture of its products through a
worldwide network of quality manufacturers. The Company has capitalized on its
nationally known brand names by entering into various licenses for several of
its trademarks, including Jones New York, Evan-Picone, Anne Klein New York,
Nine West, Gloria Vanderbilt and l.e.i., with select manufacturers of women's
and men's products which the Company does not manufacture. For more than 30
years, the Company has built a reputation for excellence in product quality
and value, and in operational execution.
About Avery Dennison Corporation
Avery Dennison is a global leader in pressure-sensitive labeling
materials, retail tag, ticketing and branding systems and office products.
Based in Pasadena, Calif., Avery Dennison is a FORTUNE 500 Company with 2007
sales of $6.3 billion. Avery Dennison employs more than 30,000 individuals in
60 countries worldwide, who develop, manufacture and market a wide range of
products for both consumer and industrial markets. Products offered by Avery
Dennison include: Fasson brand self-adhesive materials; Avery Dennison brand
products for the retail and apparel industries; Avery brand office products
and graphics imaging media; specialty tapes, peel-and-stick postage stamps,
and labels for a wide variety of automotive, industrial and durable goods
applications. For more information, visit http://www.averydennison.com.
About inCode Wireless
inCode is a global professional services organization providing business
strategy and wireless technology consulting for leading companies worldwide.
The experienced professionals of inCode leverage mobile technology expertise
and industry experience to offer complete end-to-end solutions: strategy,
business case analysis, hardware and software requirements, system
integration, workforce training, and support. inCode offers customized mobile
solutions for fleet, field service, field sales, supply chain, RFID, WLAN, and
several other enterprise wireless and mobility areas. For more information go
to http://www.incodewireless.com or contact email@example.com
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications. The
company develops technologies, products and services that make mobile
experiences possible. Our portfolio includes communications infrastructure,
enterprise mobility solutions, digital set-tops, cable modems, mobile devices
and Bluetooth accessories. Motorola is committed to delivering next generation
communication solutions to people, businesses and governments. A Fortune 100
company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $36.6
billion in 2007. For more information about our company, our people and our
innovations, please visit http://www.motorola.com.
About RFID Sherpas LLC
RFID Sherpas LLC is a management consulting practice focused exclusively
on the retail sector. The company serves a global base of retailers,
merchandise vendors, technology providers and industry associations as an
advisor on all facets of Retail RFID, including matters of strategy, project
design, implementation, and business case analysis. In addition to helping
clients utilize RFID practically and profitably in stores and other retail
operating environments, the company plays an active role at the association
level, fostering education and adoption of item-level RFID within the retail
community. For more information visit http://www.rfidsherpas.com.
About Vue Technology
Vue Technology is the leading provider of item-level RFID solutions,
offering breakthrough RFID infrastructure components and a powerful software
suite that delivers the most scalable, reliable, and ROI-driven RFID solutions
on the market. Vue's TrueVUE(TM) RFID Platform provides the industry's only
unified RFID infrastructure that allows customers to manage dock doors,
portals, mobile devices, smart surfaces and smart shelves to achieve RFID
visibility down to the item-level.
With its patented RF Networking devices and UHF enabled VUEPoints(TM), Vue
allows standard readers to network across thousands of antennas, exponentially
increasing the number of zones that readers can support and dramatically
reducing the cost barriers previously associated with item-level RFID
roll-outs. Combined with an integrated software suite for device and network
management, EPC commissioning, and RFID workflows, the TrueVUE(TM) RFID
Platform is uniquely able to deliver significant and measurable ROI to its
customers. For more information, visit http://www.vuetechnology.com.
MOTOROLA and the stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent &
Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their
respective owners. (C) Motorola, Inc. 2008. All rights reserved.
SOURCE Jones Apparel Group, Inc.
Norm Veit, EVP Management Information Services
Jones Apparel Group, Inc.
Web site: http://www.jny.com