Checkpoint Systems, provider of loss prevention and merchandise visibility software, has unveiled Inventory Quarantine (IQ) – a solution for managing return of garments.
The innovation aims to provide a safe environment to both the shoppers and employees as the retail stores are slowly re-opening.
The software would put all the returned stocks in the quarantined holding area for few hours before re-selling it. This will remove the item’s visibility to the customers both online and in-store.
The items in the quarantined holding area will only be ready for re-sale when they have completed their quarantine duration, maximising re-sale while minimising health risks.
The IQ software identifies the returned products in the fulfillment centres, stores as well as merchandise from fitting rooms.
It then assigns a virtual quarantine clock which, on activation, puts the garment in the retailer’s safe area until the quarantine time is completed. The retailers are notified once the product completes its quarantine duration and clothes are ready for re-sale.
Many retailers like Macy’s, Gap, Nordstrom and Mango have already announced that they would quarantine the clothes taken into dressing room before putting them on sales again.
The Checkpoint’s IQ solution assists retailers in managing the returns and trial rooms of the stores.
Phil Fisher, Director, Product Management – MV DC/ supply chain at Checkpoint Systems, said “Shoppers who use dressing rooms are 70 per cent more likely to buy, so it’s important to get them safely opened as quickly as possible. IQ enables retailers to do just that, and will ensure stores minimise the financial impact.”