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RFID Well Suited for Lebanese Menswear Company

Pellini is tagging its merchandise at the factory—enabling its stores to inventory goods on a daily basis, ensure stock counts are accurate and up-to-date, and eliminate the need to have excess merchandise onsite.
By Claire Swedberg
Dec 11, 2015

Lebanese men's suit brand and retailer Pellini has launched a radio frequency identification system to better manage its inventory as it expands the number of its stores throughout the Middle East and Europe. The ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID EPC solution, known as Smart RFID, was provided by Swiss and Polish technology startup Smart Technology Group, and was installed and integrated into Pellini's existing management system by B.I.T. Security Solutions.

The suit company's system consists of Smart Technology Group's handheld RFID readers attached to tablets running software to manage the data captured on those devices, as well as Zebra Technologies ZD500R printers to print and encode Smartrac labels. Smart Technology Group developed the RFID software to integrate with Pellini's database software. The system was taken live in October 2015 at 10 of the company's 12 stores, in both Lebanon and Belgium.

A Pellini store assistant uses a Neo 01 reader, connected to a tablet PC, to take inventory of items on the sales floor.
Since 1975, Pellini has sold men's formal suits, predominantly for weddings, at a few stores in Lebanon. Recently, the company decided to expand, based on the popularity of the suits in and beyond Lebanon, and has opened additional stores in both countries, explains Dany Boutros, the owner of the Pellini brand. There are currently seven Lebanese stores and five in Belgium, with all goods manufactured in Lebanon.

Dany Boutros, Pellini's owner
Smart Technology Group, headquartered both in Krakow, Poland, and in Zug, Switzerland, was founded this year to develop and produce solutions that use RFID, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons, Wi-Fi, ZigBee and GPRS technologies, according to Karolina Kozlowska, the company's president and CEO. The firm makes UHF RFID readers that come with beacon, GPRS and Wi-Fi functionalities. It provides its technology for such applications as access control, parking management, inventory tracking, sports, tourism, airports and electronic article surveillance (EAS), she explains.

Pellini began working with Smart Technology Group early this year, as it was expanding beyond its stores in Lebanon. By opening locations in Europe as well, the company expected to increase the volume of goods purchased, and sought to ensure that it could know where its inventory was located at any given time, and that it would be available for stores to avoid out-of-stock events, as well as assist in the fulfillment of online orders.

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