Leather retailer pilots RFID

5 November 2012

Danier Leather are testing the Truecount UHF Gen 2 RFID system at three of their stores to track when goods are received on the sales floor, as well as when they are sold, and to automatically alert employees when an item needs to be replenished.

Canadian luxury leather goods retailer Danier Leather is piloting a radio frequency identification system at three of its Toronto-area stores, intended to ensure that products are replenished on the sales floor as they are sold to customers, as well as reduce the number of labour hours related to counting inventory. Since installing Truecount's RFID solution at two stores this summer, and at the third site in September, Danier Leather believe they can reduce inventory count times from about 15 hours to less than one.

The company sells their own line of leather goods, such as jackets, purses and briefcases and operates 90 stores, including outlets and mall sites, with the volume of sales varying at each location. The Truecount solution provides the data, thanks to an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tag attached to each product and is read by a combination of handheld and fixed RFID devices.
Although the pilot was intended to conclude during autumn 2012, the company chose to continue testing it throughout the busy seasons—namely, autumn and winter. Once that is completed, in February 2013, the company plans to begin reviewing the data in order to determine whether the technology has improved replenishment rates and thereby increase sales.
Source: RFID Journal

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