The biggest news out of this week’s NRF Big Show in New York was Tuesday’s announcement by Checkpoint Solutions that Kohl’s Department Stores has rolled out RFID at more than 1,000 stores. RFID 24-7 has also learned that another major North American retailer plans to unveil its deployment plans later this week, signaling that 2014 is shaping up to be a strong year for RFID in retail.
The Kohl’s retail chain will initially focus on a large number of strategic apparel departments, including footwear, denim and men’s basic items. Kohl’s began piloting RFID across 25 stores in the spring of 2013.
“RFID will further enhance our customers’ shopping experience by providing improved operational visibility, enabling us to more efficiently identify items which need to be replenished on the sales floor,” said Ken Bonning, Senior Executive Vice President, Kohl’s Department Stores.
In May, RFID 24-7 reported that Kohl’s informed some vendors that it would require RFID tags on all products from national brands beginning Aug. 1. Kohl’s hoped to have compliance from private label brands even sooner. At that time, Lifetime Brands, a supplier of household items like can openers and blenders, said that it expected to begin shipping RFID-enabled products to Kohl’s sometime this year.
Kohl’s deployed Checkpoint’s Merchandise Visibility enterprise software centrally in Kohl’s data center, handheld RFID readers to perform regular in-store inventory counts, RFID printers and handheld readers for tagging at distribution centers and Checkpoint’s tags and labels for initial store tagging, tagging at distribution centers and source tagging.
Stay tuned to RFID 24-7 this week for more news on the Kohl’s deployment and the unannounced pending rollout.