RFID is Hitting the Apparel Industry in a Big Way…
Retail giants such as Wal-Mart, JCPenney, and Dillard’s are now implementing RFID item-level tagging in their stores. Stores still use bar-codes, but RFID technology brings many benefits for retailers. The RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas has found that putting RFID tags on individual items considerably improves inventory control in a very efficient way. Not only is it done quickly by machines, but there is a tiny margin for error. It not only reduces time spent, but it also reduces the need for labor, which cuts costs considerably.
Based on research findings, inventory accuracy improved by 7.1% at JCPenney when they used RFID technology versus using the former Bar Code technology. Dillard’s had a 17% improvement, and they were able to cut time spent on inventory by 96%. American Apparel tagged their entire merchandise with RFID, and were able to achieve 99% inventory accuracy, and as a result had a 14% increase in sales. Now that this research has proven that RFID is the way to go, retailers are asking their suppliers to get with the program. The suppliers need to decide who to turn to for their RFID needs. This can include software, tags, labels, printers, readers, etc.
CYBRA has been helping suppliers meet retail RFID mandates for years. CYBRA are the experts in RFID for the IBM System i. They have RFID Software for printing/encoding as well as for reading. CYBRA is also your single source for all RFID tags, hardware and accessories. So whether you are starting out with an RFID pilot, or building a live “slap and ship” capability, or even a full blown inventory asset management, CYBRA has what you need.