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RFID Tracks Goods at 750 French Menswear Stores
Celio has completed one of France's largest passive UHF RFID deployments, using a solution from Nedap to track all products to prevent out-of-stocks and help store associates better manage their inventory locally, while enabling omnichannel sales.
Jan 22, 2019—
In one of France's largest UHF RFID implementations, menswear retailer Celio has deployed RFID technology across all 750 of its stores. The system's rollout was completed in November 2017, following a 12-month deployment period, and is bringing visibility to inventory at each location. RFID was taken live at the point of sale (POS), along with electronic article surveillance (EAS) technology, at 55 of those locations by the end of 2018.
With the technology, provided by Nedap, Celio reports that it will be able to provide fast and accurate e-commerce service to its online customers, as well as prevent out-of-stocks and reduce clerical work that is otherwise needed to understand where goods are located. With the POS and EAS systems, the store can gain real-time understanding of which goods are at the store, or have been sold or removed from the site for replenishment orders.
"Having the right product at the right place at the right time becomes more and more important in a super-customer-centric world," explains Sylvie Leclercq, Celio's RFID project manager. "RFID seemed for us the best tool to help us to reach a high level of stock visibility." In addition, she says, the company wanted employees to take ownership of stock at their store. Each associate, Leclercq says, now has responsibility over his or her own store's inventory onsite, "which was an expectation from our store managers." They can simply access inventory data regarding their location in the cloud-based server from Nedap, and can have confidence that the data is accurate.
The system consists of Nedap's !DCloud software that captures and manages read data, as well as handheld readers from Zebra Technologies. The 55 stores with POS and EAS systems utilize Nedap's !DGate RFID readers at their entrance, as well as !DPOS readers at cash registers. Celio initially began tagging all products at the point of manufacture in 2016. After ending its relationship with one technology company, it began seeking another solution provider, while simultaneously continuing to tag all of its goods.
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