Pilots Proving Item-Level Benefits
We recently examined the ROI benefits of item-level RFID tagging for retailers, including improved inventory accuracy and on-shelf availability. We discovered some recent examples of retailers marching ahead to bring these benefits to their own stores.
Turns out French sportswear retailer Serge Blanco is currently conducting a one-store pilot to test store-level inventory tracking using item-level RFID. The retailer already tags every garment at the point of manufacture to increase efficiency in its distribution center. If the store-level pilot demonstrates increased inventory visibility, decreased out-of-stocks, reduced manual labor, and improved sales as expected, the retailer plans to expand the system to all its stores. See the complete RFID Journal article here.
And perhaps you’ve heard about the study conducted by Bloomingdale’s and the University of Arkansas last year. The pilot proved-out similar points: Not only did the Bloomingdale’s trial store improve inventory accuracy of by 27 percent using item-level RFID, but it saw inventory count speed improve by 96 percent. Read Evan Schuman’s complete story on StorefrontBacktalk.com.
Do you see opportunities for enhancing inventory visibility or reducing labor in your stores by using item-level RFID?