French sporting goods retailer Decathlon continues its global rollout of RFID technology with a deployment in Croatia. The retailer has installed Nedap’s RFID solution in 15 countries, including 12 in Europe, Russia and China. Decathlon, which operates more than 600 stores, first announced its deployment in August 2013.
Nedap says that Decathlon is the first retailer worldwide to use RFID in such a large geographical area. Nedap has supplied hybrid RF/RFID electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems at store exits for loss prevention purposes in 415 stores across 15 countries.
Like most retailers, Decathlon’s main driver to implement RFID is to increase inventory accuracy and avoid out-of-stocks. However, in order to further benefit from RFID, Decathlon is taking advantage of RFID tags on merchandise for loss prevention, allowing it to track merchandise from arrival until the moment it leaves the store. In addition, Decathlon secures selected items with a high theft risk with an additional RF hard tag.
The solution Nedap provides consists of EAS systems with hybrid technology combining RF and RFID technology in one gate. Initially, all Nedap RF EAS gates that were installed prior to the RFID roll-out were upgraded to hybrid RF and RFID EAS systems by adding a clip-in RFID reader. All new stores are equipped with hybrid RF/RFID EAS from the day they open.