Shop floor inventory in real time with UHF RFID

Articles | By MOJIX | 02 January 2017
A US retailer for men‘s fashion has tested the Mojix solution successfully: 18 antennas were installed over the approximately 180 square metre shop floor and five more together with the reader system in the back room. The reading rate came to more than 99 percent. A US retailer for men‘s fashion has tested the Mojix solution successfully: 18 antennas were installed over the approximately 180 square metre shop floor and five more together with the reader system in the back room. The reading rate came to more than 99 percent. Photo: Mojix

Permanent inventory control: overhead antennas locate goods in warehouses and on shop floors

Manual inventory in retail is labour-intensive and time-consuming, even when RFID handhelds are used. The solution provider Mojix developed an inventory solution specially tailored for retail. It locates tagged goods on the shop floor and in adjacent warehouses around the clock and in real time, and also registers movements. Roelof Koopmans, from Mojix, speaks with “RFID im Blick Global” about the technology of the solution. He focuses on the benefits for retailers and the enhanced buying experience for customers.

Roelof Koopmans, Managing Director Europe, Mojix, in an interview with “RFID im Blick Global”

UHF RFID overhead antennas for real-time localisation

Roelof Koopmans describes the exemplary architecture of the specially-designed RFID solution for retail businesses: “The main device for real-time inventory on the shop floor is an overhead system attached to the shop ceiling. Passive UHF overhead antennas locate all tagged goods on the shop floor around the clock in real time, and send the collected data to a central reader. The RFID tags on the goods originate from the suppliers that the retailer works with. Further antennas mounted near the entry and exit register the goods transfer from warehouse to shop floor. A reader system at the POS registers the purchase of a product and removes it from the inventory automatically. The reading rate of the Mojix system is almost 100 percent. How many antennas are needed depends on the store size and construction.“

“OmniSenseRF” inventory service

The managing director explains: “The Mojix ‘STARflex’ reader can be installed, for example, out of the customer’s sight in a side room. It receives the good’s location data and product information such as size and colour. The reader sends this data as a bundle to the ‘OmniSenseRF’ inventory service, which Moijix provides to the retailer on request as an additional monthly or annual service. This means that retailers don’t have to invest heavily in hardware and software. Implementation and IT integration are both done by Mojix. The advantage of this solution is the almost 100 percent inventory accuracy and scalability. Plus, it is easy to implement into existing architectures – because flush and surface ceiling integration is possible”.

Roelof KoopmansRoelof Koopmans “The reasonably priced Mojix hands-free RFID solution for real-time inventory on the shop floor consists of UHF overhead antennas to consistently locate all tagged goods on the shop floor in real time. Additional antennas on the doors register the goods transfer from the warehouse to the shop floor. Out-of-stock situations can be reduced and customer satisfaction increased.”

Click & Collect, a strategy to combat e-commerce

“Click & Collect as part of an Omni-channel strategy is an important trend that has gradually found its way from the US to Europe. Click & Collect provides customers with the option to shop online and to pick up goods in a store nearby where the customer can try the purchased goods on, get professional advice, and try different sizes, colours, or styles. This provides the customer with an enhanced shopping experience. When buying the products in the online shop the Mojix system checks their availability in the nearby stores in real time so that the customer guarantee of availability. This is totally different to a simply reservation without guaranty of awareness.

This way, the workflow takes the pressure off staff as goods don’t have to be relocated or rebooked. The customer benefits from the fact that the products purchased online are immediately taken from the sales floor and can be picked up in the store on the same day within seconds. Crucial for all of these processes is precise inventory data through the use of RFID overhead antenna. Click & Collect is an effective means for physical shops to combat competition from e-commerce. The customer is attracted by the special purchase experience at the store,“ says Roelof Koopmans.

No search effort, increased shelf availability, customer satisfaction

“The main advantage of the real-time inventory solution: Mojix overhead antennas reduce manual search effort to zero. Even when RFID handheld solutions are employed, employees have to enter each shop area at certain times to identify the goods. This uses up personnel time and is time-consuming, taking up time that could be invested in customer care. Mojix‘s reasonably priced hands-free solution enables a continuous and permanent inventory. Staff can concentrate fully on customer needs. Shops equipped with RFID overhead antennas report to employees when a product needs to be refilled. Out-of-stock situations are reduced and the revenue increases. Customer satisfaction is enhanced by the increased shelf availability of merchandise,“ says Roelof Koopmans.

ROI after 18 months in a first-use case

A US retailer for men‘s fashion with around 100 stores rolled out Mojix initial RFID solution as a first use case. “For the retailer, 97 percent of the merchandise inventory, a total of 15,000 garments, was tagged with RFID labels from Avery Dennison. 18 antennas were installed throughout the approximately 180 square meters of shop floor, and five more antennas were employed in the back room along with the reader system. Together with customers and partners, the company tested the solution for performance and quality. The reading rate was well above 99 percent. The retailer benefitted from ROI after around 18 months,“ says the managing director.

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