RFID is becoming mainstream in the retail sector and incredibly simply to deploy. Checkpoint Systems announced yesterday that it has outfitted 1,000 stores for a major North American retailer with RFID technology. Checkpoint finished the project in 100 days, just in time for the busy holiday shopping season.
The retailer feels so strongly about the competitive advantage it gains from RFID that it has chosen to remain anonymous.
The retailer’s objective in deploying RFID is to improve the consumer shopping experience through improved inventory accuracy and merchandise availability, both omni-channel and in-store. With RFID, retailers are able to make dramatic gains in inventory accuracy, often improving from 67 percent to as high as 99 percent .
As a result, consumers are able to locate exactly what they are looking for when they are ready to buy. RFID will provide the retailer with improved operational visibility, enabling the retailer to move products from stock rooms to the sales floor at the right time, and to optimize the location of inventory throughout the supply chain and stores.
The retail chain deployed Checkpoint’s Merchandise Visibility enterprise software centrally in its data center, together with handheld RFID readers to perform regular in-store inventory counts. Checkpoint’s RFID tags and labels are being used for initial store tagging, tagging at distribution centers and source tagging. Based on its solution architecture and deployment methodology, Checkpoint was able to complete the implementation of this solution chain-wide in more than 1,000 stores in just 100 days.
“RFID provides rapid benefits and a platform for competitive advantage,” says Per Levin, president and chief sales officer for Merchandise Availability Solutions at Checkpoint. “We are excited to be the systems integrator and program lead for this implementation, and we are committed to a successful and evolving RFID program as this innovative retailer aims to leap-frog its competition.”