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European Sportswear Retailer Brings RFID to Smart Fitting Rooms
A system from Detego has expanded the company's existing inventory-management solution with RFID-enabled fitting rooms, touchscreens and Apple Watches worn by employees, to enable shoppers to request goods from a fitting room, based on product-specific content provided to them.
May 01, 2017—
After several months of piloting smart fitting rooms at a single store, a global sports apparel retailer is now installing the technology at 350 of its stores across Eastern Europe. The solution consists of a touchscreen and an RFID reader within each fitting room, as well as software to manage the data and smart watches for employees. It enables customers to view content about each item they try on, and to request additional garments automatically, while the store gains analytics regarding which products are generating the most interest, both individually and paired with other products. The retailer has asked to remain unnamed.
The solution is provided by European retail software company Detego, in the latest phase of the retailer's UHF EPC RFID deployment that began two years ago. At that time, it began tagging garments at the point of manufacture, and tracking those tags as they move through the supply chain and at the store. Fixed readers (Detego has declined to indicate the specific make and model) were installed to track the movements of goods from the back room to the store front, and that information could be compared against point-of-sale data to ensure that garments were restocked on store shelves. Staff members use handheld RFID readers twice a week to conduct inventory counts at each store.
The initial tagging of goods was intended to ensure that customers could find the products they wanted on the store shelves, Hennig explains, while allowing for omnichannel sales by enabling the company to ship goods from the online shopper's nearest store. "With high stock accuracy," he says, "they are able to improve their customer satisfaction rate."
Last year, the retailer began exploring how it could expand the system to provide benefits to in-store customers, while also gaining analytics. In December, Detego installed fixed Intel readers and tablet-based touchscreens within five fitting rooms.
During the pilot, the company reports, the system improved sales by making it easier for customers to request a different size of a garment they were trying on, as well as recommending other products to them. So this year, the firm began deploying the technology across 350 stores and factory outlets, within a total of 1,200 fitting rooms. These stores and outlets represent the largest of the retailer's locations.
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