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Oct 02, 2014—
Checkpoint Systems Brings Bulk-encoding Solution to Inditex's Zara DCs
According to Checkpoint, the item-level encoding solution is being used to encode RFID labels integrated in electronic article surveillance (EAS) hard tags that have been attached to garments in boxes. The solution lets DC workers encode the RFID inlays at a speed in line with Inditex's logistics needs. The high-speed bulk-encoding solution, which combines hardware and software, eliminates the need to manually open boxes and handle individual garments, and also enables Inditex to manage its inventory automatically, the company reports. Checkpoint adds that its solution also allows Inditex to automate the sending of garments from the distribution centers to the stores, thereby preventing any possible packing mistakes involving quantity, model, size or color.
At Inditex's annual general meeting, held in July 2014, Pablo Isla, the retailer's CEO, said RFID is already in operation at all of Zara's DCs and at more than 700 Zara stores within 22 countries (see Inditex CEO Announces RFID Expansion Plans). He added that his company expects to have the technology installed at all 1,991 or so Zara store locations by 2016, with plans for a gradual rollout across the remainder of its chains.
"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," said Per Levin, Checkpoint Systems' president and chief sales officer for merchandise availability solutions, in a prepared statement.
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