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Piticas Reduces Inventory Counts from Five Hours to Six Minutes

The network of stores and kiosks has adopted an RFID solution from Presence to increase business efficiency at its 330 stores throughout Brazil.
By Edson Perin
Jun 19, 2018

With more than 200,000 items marketed every month at 330 points of sale throughout Brazil—including at kiosks in malls and franchised T-shirt stores selling more than 50 national and international brands, such as Disney, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Turma da Mônica, Universal and Lucasfilm—Piticas has invested in an RFID project using technology already implanted at 40 of its locations. As a result, the company has been able to reduce the amount of time required for inventory counts from five hours down to only six minutes.

Each store employs the RFID solution with Presence Store Point of Sale software and at least one Zebra Technologies RFD8500 portable reader. A smartphone is also required for Bluetooth data collection and information.

RFID reading is performed at one of Piticas's 330 store locations.
The tags used are iTag RFID smart labels, equipped with Impinj inlays, and glued to the paper labels of the T-shirts (they will soon be sewn on separately). The project started to inventory the stores and the factory, located in Guarulhos, which has 300,000 pieces of finishing stock. The system is already being planned for other areas as well.

Prior to the RFID system's deployment, most of the processes were manual. From the point of production to the separation of orders for shipment, everything was handled manually, using bar codes. Thus, RFID was implemented in the manufacturing processes of production control, order separation and shipment. In stores, the company began using the technology for the movement of goods and inventory counts.

The first favorable point of change at the factory was in regard to the quality of information. Processes were double-checked by bar codes and RFID during deployment, and errors were discovered that previously had gone unnoticed with manual readings. Another positive factor was a reduction in costs regarding the separation of orders, with a decrease in the amount of time required to execute the activity.

At stores, the control of goods became fully automated and managed via RFID. The RFID deployment follows GS1's standard for EPC UHF passive RFID technology. "Standardization is important since there is the feasibility of placing products beyond the borders of the network itself," says Felipe Rossetti, Piticas's director.

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