This summer fashion retailer Inditex Group unveiled that it is the midst of a giant rollout of RFID within its Zara chain. The company has deployed RFID at more than 700 Zara stores in 22 countries, and expects to be up and running in 1,000 stores by the end of the year.
Now the progressive fashion retailer is extending RFID to its distribution centers. Checkpoint Systems announced this week that it has been chosen by Inditex to deploy RFID into its network of DCs.
Inditex’s RFID implementation project was recently unveiled by chairman and CEO Pablo Isla during the company’s annual general meeting. During the event, Isla said that “Implementation of this next-generation technology is one of the most significant changes ever in how the Group’s stores operate.” (Click here for RFID 24-7′s coverage of the Zara rollout.)
Checkpoint is providing the massive item-level encoding solution of RFID labels at Inditex distribution centers for garments in boxes, pallets and hanging items at a speed in line with Inditex’s logistics needs.
The high-speed bulk encoding solution, which combines hardware and software, ensures the highest levels of accuracy and encoding speed without needing to manually open boxes and handle individual garments. RFID label encoding means that Inditex products are associated with a unique code allowing the apparel retailer to manage its inventory automatically.
Checkpoint’s solution also enables Inditex to automate the sending of garments from DCs to stores, avoiding possible packing mistakes in quantity, model, size or color. The RFID solution automatically checks the accuracy of the content of the boxes regardless of the packing format — with a high level of precision and at a high speed — in line with Inditex demands before they are sent to the stores.
Zara stores are fully deployed in Spain, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden and Finland. As of last month, only a handful of the 75 Zara stores in North America had been outfitted with RFID.
Aside from the size and success of the deployment, the retailer has a strong desire to capitalize on RFID beyond inventory accuracy, pursuing both consumer engagement and loss prevention use cases.
“We are proud to support Inditex’s omni-channel retail strategy with RFID solutions which enable maximum speed and optimal precision for full control and visibility of the millions of garments that the Group ships every day to its stores around the world,” says Per Levin, president and chief sales officer for Merchandise Availability Solutions for Checkpoint Systems.