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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.
The technology is also used for gift registries. For example, when a bridal couple visits the store to set up a registry, their names and other information are input to create a record in the Jewel-ID software. They then select specific items they would like to receive, which workers place on the counter, above the built-in fixed reader, so that each item's unique ID is captured and stored in that couple's registry. If a wedding guest buys an item from that registry, its RFID label is interrogated and the software updates the registry status to indicate that the item has been purchased, thereby ensuring that no one tries to purchase the same gift. At the same time, the software updates the inventory data to indicate that an item has been sold and must be replaced.
Since the system's installation, Giuseppe Serafini, Matranga's CEO, says his company has recouped its investment in the RFID system within less than one year, based on reduced labor costs and the assurance that no out-of-stocks occur at either store.
The tagging of jewelry presented a challenge, since ferrous cutlery and silver interfere with UHF RFID transmission performance. Therefore, RFID Global by Softwork opted to apply labels with a decorative string that further separates the tag from a metal object. In the case of cutlery, the label is placed in the box rather than on a piece of cutlery itself.
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