Giks Mode, an apparel retail chain in Belgium, has deployed RFID to all six stores and its distribution center. The entire rollout took one week, and the solution enables Giks Mode to increase inventory accuracy to more than 99 percent and to check out customers nearly twice as fast.
Aside from automated inventory counts and stock replenishment, RFID provides the visibility needed for Giks Mode to tightly control its inventory across the entire supply chain, including the central DC and all stores. Giks Mode can now validate all shipments, conduct a complete inventory count of all stores every week, and ensure the right product mix (model, size, color) is available for shoppers on the sales floor.
“We deployed RFID in order to increase sales and reduce shrinkage,” says Stefaan Allemeersch, general manager at Giks Mode. “Today we can quickly count our stores every week, validate vendor shipments, and monitor our supply chain. It gives me great confidence that we take the right management decisions based on accurate and up-to-date stock information. Our employees instantly adopted it since it is intuitive, and did not require changes in our daily working procedures.”
Giks performs quick and accurate inventory counts of all stores every week and can now count 30,000 items (on average) in less than an hour by one person scanning shelves, racks and boxes. All items in the store remain untouched and there is no need to waste precious time on pre-count or post-count preparations. Reports are generated automatically and enable to analyze stock variances on the spot.
The solution was provided by RFKeeper, a global provider of Plug & Play RFID Solutions for fashion retailers and Nordic ID. The solution met Giks Mode’s goal of a system that can be quickly deployed and deliver immediate benefits with an easy integration to the chain’s legacy systems (ERP, WMS, POS).
Giks Mode sells fashion items by multiple top-brands and performs tagging of all apparel items in its central DC, which enables the retailer to detect vendor errors very close to receiving of the goods and offers maximum visibility throughout the chain’s supply chain. Giks Mode selected RFKeeper’s reusable, oyster shape, hard tags that are compatible with the chain’s existing AM security EAS gates.
All shipments delivered from the DC to the stores, as well as items returned to the DC and store-to-store deliveries, are validated at the item level. The chain’s drivers use RFKeeper’s easy-to-use Shipment Validation application running on Nordic ID Merlin mobile computers to quickly scan each and every delivery. Additionally, the Shipment Validation application communicates via Wi-Fi to the chain’s inventory management system, where each shipment is being verified and recorded in the system.
GIKS Mode implemented RFKeeper’s Smart POS Detachers to perform automated checkout, price check and handle item returns, eliminating the need for a costly RFID printer at the store. The detacher removes the security tag and cuts customer checkout time by up to 50 percent, since barcode scanning is not required. The result is shorter lines, accurate price charging, and an improved shopping experience.
“The Giks case proves that RFID is not reserved only for huge retailers but Medium Size Businesses can gain fast benefits and achieve their ROI within months,” says Jessica Säilä, retail business area director at Nordic ID.