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By Beth Bacheldor

SML Upgrades Clarity Retail Inventory-Management Software

SML Intelligent Inventory Solutions (IIS) has announced the release of its Clarity 3.X software, the latest version of the company's cloud-based software suite designed to ease RFID deployment in order to enable the real-time management of inventory across the global retail channel.

The software suite provides retailers with visibility into stock availability to help reduce out-of-stocks, audit product shipments and deliveries, and report on stock-counting variance, the company reports, as well as help retailers improve omnichannel execution at each store.

The new version is completely cloud-based, running as a private cloud or behind the retailer's firewall, so it does not require any servers running at the retailer's site, according to Dean Frew, SML Group's chief technology officer and senior VP of RFID solutions. Clarity 3.X is also more scalable, he says. "We built the platform on an event-triggered architecture to make it the most scalable architecture in the market," Frew states. As an example, retailers with 1,000 stores can perform a stock count and replenishment simultaneously, without any performance issues and with a high-level user experience.

This latest version also features a new omnichannel functionality designed to connect distribution facilities and stores, and an Intelligent Inventory Replenishment feature, allowing autonomous fixed readers to accurately capture items being received into stockrooms, as well as trigger alerts regarding sold merchandise, so that the affected stock can be transitioned to the sales floor. There is also a new user interface with a Web dashboard that enables store personnel to quickly assess the potential cost of an out-of-stock situation. Generic Integration "connectors" built for numerous types of retailer enterprise systems are also now available with Clarity 3.X, Frew says.

Clarity currently runs on Nordic ID, Technology Solutions (UK) Ltd. (TSL) and Zebra Technologies RFID handhelds using Microsoft Windows and iOS operating systems as well as Alien Technology, Impinj, Nordic ID and Zebra fixed RFID readers, with versions for iOS and Android coming soon. Clarity 3.X is currently deployed in several retailer pilot implementations, as well as in Tesco's F&F retail apparel stores (see RFID News Roundup: Tesco's F&F Division, SML Group Partner to Deploy RFID for Improved Inventory Accuracy).

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