Posts Tagged ‘RFID Retail’

Retail Item Level RFID, Winds of Change

February 12, 2010

In one of my sales calls, I got an interesting objection this week that I wanted to share. The customer would like to look into trying item level RFID for the store but his warehouse people aren’t interested..  So this got me thinking, what does the warehouse have to do with the entire process?  What part of the process is going to change for them?   And from my perspective the answer is nothing to start.

Let’s look at the two ways company apply tags to their apparel. The first way is the goods are tagged at source.  Even if the tag is an RFID tag, the warehouse can proceed in the same manner.   In an Item Level RFID pilot with Overheer Reflect, the tag still has the bar code on it.  The tag that is applied by the supplier has all the same information that it had before, only now it has an RFID unique tag number attached to it. This way retailers can gain the inventory visibility they don’t have on the store floor, but their bar coding inventory system is not disrupted..  The warehouse will allocate their goods in the same manner and are unaffected.

The second way goods are tagged is directly at the warehouse.  These tags will either be printed by a service bureau or in the warehouse itself.   In the same way that takes place now, the warehouse will apply the tags to the garments.  The printing process may change a little as now they have to apply an RFID tag but in essence it’s the same thing.  Tags are applied; goods are sorted and sent out to the stores.  Again there is no difference in the way that the warehouse will conduct its business.

Is an RFID tag the same price as a barcode label?  Of course it isn’t, but the benefits in increased sales will more than pay for the increase in tags.  The reason isn’t that RFID costs more, but that people are worried about what the implications will be on their current business practices.  But guess what, until you get a pilot going, how are you able to tell?   There are so many benefits to this technology that it may just be worth taking six months and finding out how RFID will benefit your business .

For more information on how you can start an RFID pilot, please visit www.overheer.com.  My name is Dan Sandler and I’m Overheer.

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Retail Item Level RFID, Inventory and the holiday season

November 24, 2009

The theme of this holiday season is inventory management.  Retailers have decided to avoid the significant markdowns they offered last year by carrying a lot less inventory.  Retailers will be able to maintain high margins, but many customers will be turned away as items will just not be available.  In fact I even read a quote encouraging shoppers to get their shopping done now, because if they wait, there will just be no availability.  In the short term, this solution is viable, but in the long term will be very harmful to the retailer.   They are going to need another solution to better manage their inventory and that solution is item level RFID in the store.

A key component of item level RFID is being able to maintain or reduce the amount of inventory and guarantee availability.  This is achieved by having better inventory visibility.   With item level RFID, you are able to get data on what  is happening with inventory in the store.  The only way inventory will be sold is if its on the store floor where it belongs.  Replenishment  becomes a much more exact science as the retailer is able to determine what they have on the floor and what they don’t have. This even becomes available as a  store to store transfer application if one store has an abundance of one product while another one has very little.  Having the inventory in the right place at the right time to sell is critical for a retailer and item level RFID can help them reduce out of stocks and increase availability.

So rather than reducing inventory and telling customers to hurry to avoid out of stocks, the retailer can actually do this job for them by getting better visibility into their inventory. They will be able to reduce markdowns, and have better product availability which in turn leads to an increase in sales and higher customer satisfaction.

My name is Dan Sandler and I’m Overheer.

Retail Item Level RFID,Thin will make you grin.

June 26, 2009

Why Thin Makes Me Grin 🙂

We have a special guest blogger today, President of Overheer Systems, Phil Lassner.  Take it away Phil….

In my discussions with retailers, I keep hearing a recurring theme. Fixed readers, lots of antennas, lots of dollars.  However, with an Overheer Systems Pilot, that is just not the case.

Overheer’s Reflect system brings efficient, thin, and focused architecture, to Item Level RFID Retail.

Reflect has pin pointed two key data points to quickly get retailers capturing benefits from RFID.  From current ticket files to smart POS checkout files, Overheer’s Reflect application easily integrates with your retail chain.  Immediately have your chain gain visibility into the each store.

Find lost or misplaced articles at the touch of a button.  How many times have you been told by a store clerk that their computer indicates there are two of your items remaining in the store but they are unable to find them.  Reflect can guide your staff easily to misplaced articles. Get your articles back on the sales floor immediately.

Loss and theft can be addressed with Reflect by Overheer’s systems. Whether it’s through analysis of inventory movement or unpaid articles leaving your premises, Overheer’s Reflect application will show you what’s happening with your inventory.

Reflect focused on a plug and play model to bring retailers the ability to find out what they have, or more importantly, what they don’t have – EASILY with minimal integration costs.

My name is Phil Lassner, and I’m Overheer.

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