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Fashion Tracked by French Logistics Company

SeD Logistiques employs a UHF solution from Tagsys known at FiTS to automate the receiving, packing and shipping of fashion apparel at its Paris warehouse.
By Claire Swedberg
Jul 11, 2011French third-party logistics company SeD Logistiques is using an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) Gen 2 RFID system from Tagsys at its Paris distribution center to improve the services it provides to its brand-name apparel manufacturers, by moving products faster and with less risk of inaccuracies than its competitors. The solution, which went live two weeks ago, provides the company with the ability to automatically track the receiving, packing and shipping of fashion apparel, and to provide one of SeD's apparel customers with data regarding its products' movements through SeD's DC, thereby enabling the customer's own inventory management and stock replenishment.

SeD moves a total of 5 million to 10 million garments through its facility annually for approximately five customers; this involves receiving and storing products, and then packing and shipping specific orders for retail stores. One customer, which has asked to remain unnamed, has begun tagging each of its fashion items with an EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tag, and had requested that SeD install an RFID infrastructure to begin reading the tags, as well to automate its receiving and shipping processes. The brand-name apparel company is employing Tagsys' Fashion Item Tracking System (FiTS) solution at two of its own warehouses—one in the United States, and another in Europe—as well as at 70 retail stores across Europe and United States. In an effort to continue leveraging the RFID system into the supply chain, SeD's management hoped that if the firm began reading the RFID tags as well, the brand company could then have further inventory data about the amount of product located at the logistics center, and the amount being received and shipped.

At one RFID station at its warehouse, SeD installed a tunnel reader for boxes of tagged items (left) and a separate reader for tagged items on hangars (right).

"We were thinking about implementing RFID before [for reception and order preparation process optimization]," says Pascale Barbier, SeD's sales and special project director, but the customer's request "was the real trigger." He adds that the customer requested that SeD utilize Tagsys as its vendor.

Since installing the solution at its Paris facility late last month, SeD has used the system to track which items are received at the warehouse—SeD has a total of 70,000 square meters (753,500 square feet) of space dedicated to all of its fashion logistics operations—as well as what is packed for retailer orders and what is loaded onto trucks destined to those retailers.

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