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Bauarte Invests in Visibility, Customer Experience
For receipt, sale and transfer, all merchandise at the Brazilian company has been tagged with RFID, providing control and traceability of inventory counts.
"The biggest challenge we had was the search for a new RFID vendor that would meet our needs and fit our process," Gonçalves states, "without the need to change it." The company determined that RFID would bring benefits to store processes, he adds. ITag Adhesive labels are used. The labels measure 7 centimeters by 2 centimeters (2.8 inches by 0.8 inch), contain an EM4124 chip and are tamper-resistant.
After the RFID system was implemented at Bauarte, Gonçalves says, "We reduced the time of logistics processes, eliminated divergent deliveries, increased accuracy and gained control of the items stored in stock, from tracking the parts throughout the processes. In store restocking and customer sales, we reduce the losses and, above all, we guarantee a new and faster purchase experience for the customer."
The next steps are already being planned, Gonçalves reports. "We will now expand RFID within Bauarte, bringing processes such as inventories, inventory rupture and FIFO [first in, first out] control. We want to demonstrate that we can reduce the time and the number of resources it takes to conduct an inventory count traditionally, with manual counting." For Gonçalvez, it will also be possible to demonstrate that with total or partial inventory counts, the store can check items for rupture and make sure FIFO processes are being followed.
The iTag system works with Millenium ERP, developed by Millennium Network, which has been integrated with RFID technology. Communication works remotely, Gonçalvez says, because the data server works with cloud computing.
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