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RFID in the Retail Application Scenarios and Technologies

RFID in the Retail Application Scenarios and Technologies

  • 2018/01/11
With the first application of RFID technology in product manufacturing industry, rising labor costs in retail industry, increasing demand for reducing logistics costs, and the need for retail enterprises to compete and develop themselves, the rise of unattended retail / smart retail stores, will provide objective impetus for the rapid application of RFID technology in modern retail industry. It can be predicted that RFID technology will play an increasingly important role in enhancing the competitiveness of modern retail enterprises.

1, Wal-Mart
With a wide range of goods, ranging from 80,000 to 100,000, every week there will be more than 900 items into the automatic selection ranks. RFID-based automation workflow integrated with multiple RFID reader can automatically place orders, sorting and screening, can greatly reduce inventory of goods, improve capital flow, at the same time, visibility of warehouses is greatly enhanced, allowing suppliers, managers at a glance the ratio of inventory to arrival.

2. Metro
In 2002, METRO, the world's third-largest retailer, announced the "Future Store" program, announcing the adoption of RFID technology throughout its supply chain. The survey data shows that using RFID reader handheld to identify pallets, delivery confirmation and warehousing process, each truck inspection and unloading tasks save an average of 15 to 20 minutes of time. At the same time, the supply chain can be found in place of delivery in time can be found Improved inventory accuracy, an 11% increase in inventory availability, a 11% reduction in out-of-stock, and a 18% reduction in lost cargoes; in addition, a 14% reduction in man-hours for warehousing.

3. Decathlon
Decathlon has set up its own RFID company, Embisphere, in 2010. About 85% of the products currently use RFID tags and RFID reader system. In addition to inventory and supply chain management, Decathlon has also implemented batch cashier in stores to reduce the number of customers lining up time, enhance the experience. Jean-Marc Lieby, head of Decathlon's RFID program, said RFID technology improves inventory efficiency by 5x and reduces product loss by about 10%.


Inditex, the parent company of Zara, decided in 2014 that the group adopt RFID technology to improve the Group's supply chain and said that RFID is an important innovation for next-generation store management. In the first half of 2016 earnings, Inditex CEO said publicly that: Through the application of RFID technology, improved the inventory and supply status of nearly 70% of the flagship brands, coupled with the design, production and distribution upgrades, the first half sales rose 11.1 % Reached 10.47 billion Euros, profits rose 7.5% to 1.26 billion Euros.

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