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Brazilian Retailer Lez a Lez Improves Inventory-Counting Process

The store, located in Asuncion, Paraguay, adopted RFID technology for merchandise receiving, inventory management and sales.
By Edson Perin

Another benefit is that conducting regular, on-demand inventor counts eliminates the need, every three months, to mobilize the store's entire staff to perform a full count—which, according to the company, typically took more than 12 hours to complete and resulted in a list that was riddled with errors.

According to Martinez, iTag was instrumental in Lez a Lez's RFID deployment. "Even though it was in another country," he states, "the company participated in all the project's details, from the first tests to the present, and also provided technical support."

iTag's Sérgio Gambim
"We met iTag after a visit from Sérgio Gambim in Grupo Alianza—our next RFID deployment—in Asunción, Paraguay, when he came to demonstrate RFID technology," Martinez says. "We were interested and decided to meet at iTag's office in São Paulo. Then, after seeing the technology in use, we started the partnership with tests in the store."

Deploying RFID was a positive experience for the company, Martinez recalls. "We make it easier for our employees to work because now, instead of reading items piece by piece, a worker can read dozens of pieces within seconds," he says. "We have gained confidence in the processes performed, because we count on item traceability, and no additional employees will be needed to carry out store inventories."

For iTag, Gambim reports, this represents its first international client. "For 2017, iTag was looking for a goal beyond growth in the Brazilian market," he explains. "We wanted to expand the business to a Latin American country." According to Gambim, Paraguay was chosen mainly due to its economic growth, which reached 6.6 percent during the first quarter of this year.

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