Faconnable Adopts RFID Across the Globe
The international high-end clothing designer is installing Tagsys' FiTS solution at 70 stores and three distribution centers, to provide supply chain visibility, fast point-of-sale processing and security at the store doors.
The solution was first installed at several of Façonnable's stores, as well as at two of the three DCs—in Los Angeles and in Spain—with a third, in France, slated to employ the technology later this year.
Hangtags with embedded RFID tags are being attached to garments at the factory where the goods are manufactured, after which the clothing is boxed and sent to a distribution center. As boxes of merchandise arrive at one of the RFID-enabled DCs, a Tagsys UHF Tunnel reader captures each tag's ID number. The tags are then read again when the DC ships the goods to a store. The reader data is transmitted via a cabled connection to a PC connected to a Façonnable server running Tagsys' e-connectware software, thereby updating each product's status as its tag is read as having been received at the DC.
When a store orders goods, workers at the DC pack those items into boxes that are passed through the UHF Tunnel reader. The device interrogates each tag, verifying which items are being shipped.
Once the boxes of merchandise arrive at the store, employees use the handhelds to read all tags within the boxes before the garments are unpacked, in order to document all goods received. They then unpack the goods within the back room, or move them directly to the sales floor. The staff can also periodically use the handheld readers for inventory purposes.
When an item is sold, a reader at the point of sale captures that event and links the product's ID with the data in Façonnable's POS software. In this way, the company maintains a record of which items were sold, and can thus automatically replenish those goods. What's more, the customer checkout process is made faster, since each item's bar code need not be scanned.
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