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River Island To Deploy RFID Across All 280 Stores
- Nov 07, 2016 -

River Island to Deploy RFID Across All 280 Stores

Fashion retailer River Island is rolling out a radio frequency identification solution at all 280 of the stores it owns and operates. The retailer will track all of the garments it sells within the 280 stores, which are located in United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands and Belgium, using tags applied by suppliers.
However wide-scale the deployment may be, though, the RFID system's use case is concentrated on only a single process, says Jon Wright, River Island's head of global loss prevention and safety. The deployment—consisting of the !D Cloud EPC ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID solution from Nedap Retail, based in the Netherlands—will initially monitor only the overall inventory levels within each store, and thereby enable a more accurate automated replenishment, with the goal of boosting sales.

The deployment follows a multi-phase pilot carried out at a total of seven stores during the course of several years. According to the company, the pilot showed that the RFID technology raised River Island's inventory accuracy to 97 percent, while also significantly boosting sales.

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