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GIKS Mode to Open Seventh RFID-enabled Store

The Belgian retailer has already been using RFID to track nearly all of its merchandise at six stores and a DC.
By Claire Swedberg
Oct 07, 2015

Belgian fashion retailer GIKS Mode plans to open its seventh RFID-enabled store in February 2016, according to Stefaan Allemeersch, the company's CEO and owner. The firm has already deployed a radio frequency identification system at its distribution center and six stores to track its inventory from the DC through to the point of sale (POS).

GIKS Mode sells fashion apparel from a variety of brands at its stores located across Belgium. The company sought an RFID system that would enable it to better manage its inventory counts, obtain supply chain visibility and ensure that goods were replenished so that no product went out of stock.

A GIKS staff person uses a Nordic ID handheld to read the tags of garments being received at a store.
Stefaan Allemeersch, GIKS Mode's CEO and owner, will discuss the details of the deployment during a presentation at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe, which will be held in London on Nov. 10.

The company opted for an RFID inventory-monitoring solution with electronic article surveillance (EAS) functionality, consisting of RFKeeper's Dual EAS software, EAS-RFID hard tags and reader detacher, as well as Nordic ID's Merlin handheld computer with a built-in ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID reader.

Stefaan Allemeersch, GIKS' CEO and owner
GIKS Mode had been interested in RFID solutions for tracking its inventory, but had found most solutions too expensive for the company's purposes. Vlamms Instituut voor de Logistiek (the Flemish Institute of Logistics)—a Belgian government organization that aims to increase companies' competitiveness in the area of logistics—recently advocated that retailers adopt RFID technology for greater supply chain accuracy, and GIKS Mode was interested in following that recommendation.

As GIKS was considering its options, systems integrator Resatec contacted the company and recommended an RFKeeper solution intended to provide a fast and non-disruptive installation. The system includes software that Resatec described as plug-and-play. Allemeersch says he spoke with his company's enterprise resource planning (ERP) software provider, which indicated that the solution would not be difficult to integrate with the existing software.

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