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Indian Jeweler Gains Efficiency, Customer Service

Using a system involving high-frequency passive RFID tags and readers, a single employee can record a store's entire 10,000-item inventory in an hour.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 14, 2009Indian jewelry retailer Bhima & Brothers Jewellers (B&BJ) is tracking its high-value inventory and providing customers with immediate information regarding its jewelry, with an RFID system deployed at one of its five stores. The system has reduced the amount of time the store requires to take inventory from 36 man-hours down to one, and has decreased the time necessary to complete a sales transaction from between six and eight minutes, to less than one minute.

Not only does RFID provide the company with faster and more accurate inventory tracking, says Sundaresan Swaminathan, head of consumer industry and retail at IT firm MphasiS, it also helps the retailer improve customer service.

Sundaresan Swaminathan, MphasiS' head of consumer industry and retail
B&BJ first met with MphasiS in mid 2008, Swaminathan says, to develop a system that could improve efficiency at its stores. The jeweler wanted 100 percent inventory accuracy, and to be able to provide correct product information to customers, says N. Gopalakrishnan, managing director of B&BJ's store in the city of Mysore. The retailer faced several challenges—typically, each of its two-story, 3,000-square-foot stores conducts inventory at the beginning and the end of every business day. Each store typically stocks approximately 10,000 items, and because of this large quantity, the inventory count was restricted to only the most valuable goods. The store tracked not only those high-priced items, but also an average total net gold weight in the store. "Getting this with a manual operation was quite challenging," Swaminathan states.

In addition, the store management also sought a way to allow salespeople more quality time with customers. Prior to installing the RFID system, when a customer was interested in a piece of jewelry, a salesperson took the item to the store's back room in order to look up details about the jewelry, such as its weight, stone clarity and other information that would assist the consumer in determining whether to purchase it. This process was time-consuming.

B&BJ's Mysore store installed the system in February 2009. The RFID hardware includes 13.56 MHz high-frequency (HF) passive tags from Assa Abloy Identification Technologies (AAITG) that comply with the ISO 15693 standard and offer a read range of 6 centimeters (2.4 inches). The store's deployment also includes two Feig Electronic handheld RFID readers and two Omnikey PDAs with built-in RFID interrogators, as well as a Brooks Automation desktop reader installed at each of the store's two point-of-sale terminals, according to Chandrashekar Sanikop, MphasiS India's RFID solution architect. All four handheld devices employ a Bluetooth connection to transmit data to a back-end server.


Reader . 2009-04-17 09:17:56 AM
Mr.shameem Pandar Hi I am working as the sales man for Psion teklogix - wireless technology in Saudi Arabia , could you send me some case studies related with gold jewellery business and then i can approach my jewllers in order to offer your middle ware and RFID passive tags or we can make a stragic alliance with my comapny in order to offer this solutions in kingdom of saudi clients , looking forward , regards shameem
Chandrashekhar Sanikop 2009-04-22 06:56:58 AM
Solution Architect Mr.shameem Pandar Can you call me on +91 9900594307 for this enquiry,i am based out of Bangalore(India).
Abhishek J 2009-05-10 02:00:40 AM
How to avoid the breakge of Tags ? Hi, Above article is actually very informative and uptodate wrt market. However one doubt as to how avoid theft by breaking open the tags in the store by an inside person. Thanx & regards, Abhishek
Reader . 2009-11-04 06:57:18 AM
Q. Tag What about RFID tag accidentally damaged?
Deepak Raturi 2010-05-04 11:24:15 PM
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