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South African Retailer House Of Busby Deploys RFID Program With Remarkable Results

- Apr 19, 2018 -

South African retailer House of Busby deploys RFID program with remarkable results

Read: South African retailer House of Busby deployed RFID-based solutions in a store in its Johannesburg to increase inventory visibility and reduce the time spent on inventory.

South African retailer House of Busby deployed an RFID-based solution at its store in Johannesburg to increase inventory visibility and reduce the time spent on inventory. The solution was provided by Milestone Integrated Systems, using Keonn's EPC UHF RFID readers and using AdvanCloud software to manage the acquired read data.

Since the deployment of the system, the store’s inventory count has been reduced from 120 to 30 minutes. The retailer also uses the technology at the exit to confirm the presence of unmanifest products leaving the store. Since the elevated reader can read the labels within a few meters, the store does not need to install additional hardware.

The company's general manager Neels Lourens said that Milestone Integrated Systems is headquartered in Johannesburg and provides loss management solutions for South African SMEs. House of Busby was founded in 1986 as both a retailer and a wholesaler. The company mainly sells handbags and suitcases, and also provides brand management for companies such as Guess, Aldo, Forever New, Karen Millen, Call it Spring and Kipling.

Since the system was put into use, Sandton has attached passive UHF RFID tags to approximately 7,000 items including apparel, jewelry, watches, handbags, wallets, and sunglasses. These products use two kinds of UHF RFID tags: hard tags and jewelry tags, tags are provided by Century RFID.

When the store received the item and displayed it, the staff used a Keonn AdvanStation RFID reader to encode the tag. The desktop reader includes a barcode scanner and UHF RFID reader. The user can use the device to scan the QR code to read the item SKU information and read the tag ID number, and the item's bar code and RFID number will be bound on the cloud software.

During inventory, employees use the AdvanScan handheld reader to scan. The employee simply opens the AdvanScan application on the device, clicks on the inventory as prompted, walks in the warehouse, and can read the item ID on the surrounding shelf items, and the reader will transfer the data to the WiFi network or the cellular network. Cloud software.

An AdvanPay reader was also installed at the checkout counter. When the customer checks out at the store, only the tag of the article is placed at the reader for reading, and the tag ID information read is transmitted to the software to update its status.

At the exit of the store, Milestone installed an AdvanSafe overhead loss-protected reader, and the AdvanCloud software will trigger an alert when personnel leave the store with unpaid items.

Lourens said that since the technology was used, the manpower spent on inventory has been significantly reduced. He said: “Before RFID is installed, it takes 2 working days to inventory, but now, this time is reduced to half an hour.” This is equivalent to reducing operating costs, but also improves inventory accuracy and indirectly increases store profits. . House of Busby is considering installing the RFID solution in other stores.