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Sandro Ferrone to Expand RFID Deployment

Already using Tageos passive UHF RFID tags to track its merchandise at its factory and primary distribution center, the Italian clothing company is preparing to deploy the technology at a second DC and its stores.
By Claire Swedberg

The clothing factories then pack and ship the tagged merchandise to the Rome distribution center, where a fixed Feig Electronic LRU3500 reader with four antennas, mounted at the dock doors, captures each tagged item's unique ID number and forwards that information to the Zucchetti software, thereby updating the product's status as received in the warehouse. The goods are then stored on shelves until retrieved to fulfill a specific store's order. Until that time, the DC staff uses Nordic ID Merlin RFID handheld readers to collect inventory data regarding which products are located on which shelf within the warehouse.

Once a store places an order, employees again use a handheld to locate specific items and pick them for shipping. The use of RFID ensures that workers have collected the correct product, while the software stores that data to create a record of each order's picking process. Packed boxes are then loaded onto trucks, at which time they pass through the fixed reader portal, which collects the tagged items' ID numbers, thus indicating that they have now been shipped.

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In the future, the company indicates, the stores will also be equipped with RFID readers at exits. This will help the retailer to prevent shrinkage by identifying when an item still tagged—signaling that it was not purchased—passes through the door.

Since the RFID system was taken live, Sandro Ferrone has seen an increase in its DC's receiving and picking efficiency. A worker previously required approximately 10 minutes to identify 100 items arriving from the manufacturing point, the company reports, whereas that same task can now be accomplished in about six to seven seconds.

Sandro Ferrone reported to Tageos that order preparation also became faster and more efficient, since personnel could easily identify the items they picked using the handheld reader, rather than having to scan a bar code or visually inspect every item.

USER COMMENTS

Joseph Andraski 2014-09-13 07:10:42 PM
hi this is a wonderful case of the use of RFID, with substantial benefits. thanks for sharing and hopefully they will share their experience when RFID is used throughout the company. so exciting. cheers, joe

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