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Fashion retailer Brownie signs agreement with Nedap for cloud-based RFID software ••• TMR Research report says RFID revolutionizing pharmaceutical industry ••• Harland Simon launches new Wi-Fi RFID reader ••• Silicon Labs' Bluetooth Mesh solution helps IoT developers cut time to market ••• Toshiba BLE products now support Bluetooth Mesh standard.
By Rich Handley
Jul 27, 2017

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Brownie, Nedap; TMR Research; Harland Simon; Silicon Labs; and Toshiba.

Fashion Retailer Brownie Signs Agreement With Nedap for Cloud-based RFID Software

Nedap has signed an agreement with fast-growing Spanish fashion retailer Brownie for the supply of its !D Cloud radio frequency identification solution. Brownie uses !D Cloud to raise the in-store stock accuracy of its stores. The rollout took place from May to June 2017.

"The implementation of Nedap's RFID software is the first step in our digitalization process," said Albert Puyol, Brownie's CEO, in a prepared statement. "This technology gives us the stock accuracy level that we need to be a real omnichannel player. Using !D Cloud, we have more insight into our operations than ever before. We now know the product availability and stock depth for each store, and even per location within each store."

The !D Cloud software suite is specifically developed for retail applications to raise a retailer's stock accuracy, the company reports. Detailed insights into actual stock levels also make it possible to connect the stock of physical stores with the retailer's online platforms and offer services like "click and collect."

During the pre-rollout at three stores, Brownie evaluated the user-friendliness and effectiveness of the solution. "We now have an RFID solution that not only gives us a better stock accuracy, but is also easy to use for our store staff," Puyol added in the statement. "This significantly increases its effectiveness."

At Brownie, all items are source-tagged with an RFID label on a hangtag. In the stores, staff members perform a weekly cycle count using a handheld RFID reader and the !D Cloud app on a mobile device. The !D Cloud software then translates the collected data into comprehensive lists that highlight the differences between Brownie's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and the RFID count.

According to the company, the causes of stock differences, through losses or administrative errors, can thus be identified and dealt with more quickly. "With the implementation of !D Cloud," Puyol said in the prepared statement, "we have access to structured and up-to-date information that allows us to make better decisions and significantly increase our sales."

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