In January, Checkpoint Systems announced it had completed an item-level RFID deployment for Kohl's department stores. The Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based chain operates stores throughout the United States, selling clothing, home and beauty products.
In spring 2012, Kohl's began investigating the use of RFID technology to improve inventory accuracy by tagging select items and reading those tags during inventory counts. That fall, the retailer expanded the RFID pilot to 25 stores. Following the successful pilot, Checkpoint and Kohl's developed a plan to roll out the solution to track select product categories at Kohl's stores. The store deployments began in spring 2013 and were completed by year's end. The speed of the rollout suggests the benefits were clear to Kohl's and the technology is mature.
Many other retailers are currently exploring RFID's potential. During a panel discussion at the recent National Retail Federation convention in New York, Bill Hardgrave, dean of Auburn University's College of Business and founder of the RFID Research Center, told a crowd of retailers from around the world that 20 of the top 30 retail chains in the United States are currently in some
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