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High-End Sicilian Jeweler Tags Inventory, Recoups Investment

Thanks to RFID, Matranga can conduct frequent inventory checks within a fraction of the time required to perform manual counts, and has also streamlined its bridal registry.
By Claire Swedberg

At each store, Dynamic ID installed a fixed Feig Electronic MRU200 RFID reader in a storefront countertop, and also supplied Nordic ID Merlin mobile computers. RFID Global by Softwork's customized passive EPC ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID labels, made with Alien Technology Higgs-3 chips, are attached to each item.

A store employee passes a handheld reader across a display cabinet, and Dynamic ID's Jewel-ID software, running on the device, updates the inventory list of tagged products.
For each new item arriving at either store, Matranga's staff use a Toshiba Tec B-SX4T printer with a Feig MU02 UHF reader module (integrated by RFID Global by Softwork) to print and encode a label, and then attach it to the item. The staff members then input the item's lot number and description, and link that data to the label's RFID number in the Jewel-ID software, residing on Matranga's server.

RFID Global by Softwork's Paola Visentin
When the retailer wishes to conduct inventory checks, that task can be accomplished in two ways. For tracking items in trays stored within display cabinets, a tray (typically containing 30 tagged items) is placed on the counter with the built-in Feig reader. That reader captures the unique ID encoded on each tag, and forwards the collected information to the Jewel-ID software. A handheld reader is used to interrogate the RFID labels of items stored within the vault or in the cabinets, by passing the device near those items.

When an item is sold, a salesperson removes its RFID label and reads it using the fixed built-in counter reader. This deletes that item from the list of available inventory in the Jewel-ID software.

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