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Children's Clothing Factory Optimizes Inventory
An RFID solution deployed by Anjos Baby has allowed for 100 percent accuracy in deliveries of products to its retail customers.
Oct 30, 2018—
Anjos Baby, located in Mirassol, Brazil, has adopted a radio frequency identification solution to improve its business processes. The technology was provided by iTag RFID Smart Labels. Since the implementation, the manufacturer claims to have achieved 100 percent accuracy in the delivery of orders from its retail customers.
According to the company's management, the firm now has total control of parts at the end of production. In addition, there has been a 90 percent reduction in operating times at the stock level—while in billing, the time to process clothes has fallen by 60 percent, with zero incidence of error. (To provide some perspective here, Anjos Baby manufactures 700 clothing models, with 4,500 stock-keeping units [SKUs] per collection, totaling approximately 500,000 orders annually).phases of manufacturing, which includes embroidery, stamping, sewing and more.
The integration of the RFID solution with the company's enterprise resource planning (ERP) system occurred naturally, Anjos Baby reports. "In our case, it would be impossible to have the deployment without integrating the platforms," says Emerson Antonio Botero, the partner of Éder Lucio Berrocal at the company. "We use Millennium ERP, a long-time partner of Anjos Baby, which has been dedicated to this project for years," Botero says. "Many meetings and conversations took place in that direction, until it was time to put a hand in the dough." The database is hosted locally at Anjos Baby.
In the packaging area, products receive RFID tags with their respective information: model, color, size and production order. Lots of various products are taken to the portal, where they are read and downloaded from production, and are then inserted into stock. Next, Millennium ERP generates a pre-billing invoice of the goods, which are separated and boxed. "Before we seal the boxes, we do pre-invoicing," Botero states. "At that moment, we are certain (or not) that the boxed products perfectly meet the request, and we release the same for the issuance of invoices."
According to the factory's managers, the RFID solution met expectations. "The gains were huge, with high efficiency gains in the sectors where the technology is being used," Botero reports. "The employees were impressed with the results and feel extremely valued to be able to perform these functions."
Other benefits have surpassed factory boundaries, Botero notes. "Customers who receive our products have the option to control the POS [point of sale] without the need to label products, since the tags accompany all the items we produce," he explains. "For customers who do not yet control inventory and sales with RFID, this is the image of a modern and revolutionary company."
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