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Brazilian Clothing Wholesaler Invests in RFID

One of the country’s largest distributors of baby and children’s apparel, Brascol has cut the average time it takes its customers to check out their purchases by 65 percent.
By Edson Perin

For the project to achieve its expected financial returns, a critical success factor was to acquire from suppliers and manufacturers products already labeled. With this focus, Brascol negotiated agreements with its suppliers. "We need to have the ability to manage our inventory and to know exactly what was purchased is being received," says Patrícia Cardenaz, Brascol’s purchasing manager and one the project’s coordinators.

Thousands of items in stock are tracked by RFID.
"The accuracy of information allows a better inventory management and control of the whole process. This is one of the best gains that RFID brings to our operation," says Cardenaz. Trade agreements with other links in the supply chain, she says, have made this possible. "As a result, we expect to receive from the manufacturers properly labeled products with RFID, so that we may quickly receive all the merchandise that was purchased."

Brascol’s Patrícia Cardenaz
"We have also facilitated our purchases," says Kudagawa. "As a result, we can ensure that we received the exact quantity of each product and its features. Prior to RFID we knew only the amount. But today we know which colors are available, which ones are the most sought after and which are missing. Then buy the pieces that sell more. "

The portal uses Acura Global’s EDGE-50 UHF RFID reader, which is distinguished by its small size and high performance. Containing a ThingMagic M6e module, the reader supports up to four Acura Global monostatic antennas and communicates via RS-232 or USB with ITAG system.

All equipment is manufactured in Brazil, with systems integration provided by ITAG. The solution offers high performance and can read a large volume of tags in a few seconds, says Gambim.

iTag’s Sérgio Gambim
To take inventory in its store, Brascol staff use the Atid AT870 handheld reader, distributed in Brazil by Acura Global.

At the upcoming RFID Journal LIVE! Brasil conference and exhibition, Antonio Almeida, Brascol’s superintendent, will discuss how his company is using and benefiting from RFID. The event will take place on Sept. 24-25, 2014, at the Espaço APAS convention center, located in São Paulo.

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