American company Checkpoint Systems has announced a new 3-year-long RFID solutions partnership with Dutch fashion retailer Scotch & Soda, where the latter will annually tag an average of 10 million garments with RFID labels, thereby improving inventory accuracy across its domain.
New Jersey-based company, Checkpoint System, is a global leader in EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance) and RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) solutions for the retail industry, encompassing loss prevention and merchandise visibility solutions in growing omnichannel environment.
Utilisation of the RFID technology allows retailers to gain full and real-time visibility access of the entire stock holdings, while ensuring optimised omnichannel services.
Scotch & Soda operates 166 stores in more than 70 countries and has been using the Checkpoint Systems’ labelling technology for more than 10 years.
The brand is now advancing in the collaboration by incorporating the latest generation of RFID labels, featuring the high-performance Njord label with the Impinj M750 chip, onto all its merchandise.
Entrusted as an existing partner capable enough to deliver, the retailer’s relationship with Checkpoint Systems was extended within a short duration of 8 weeks, allowing Scotch & Soda to match its stock to its consumer demands, along with implantation of the new technology.
The retailer will, therefore, have the right stock, at the right place, at the right time, serving its customers regardless of their shopping channel. Optimisation of services, such as ‘click & collect’ in correspondence to optimised stock holding will ensure seamless and coordinated omnichannel retailing for the brand.
Rik Kok, the Global Director of Procurement and Real Estate for Scotch & Soda, said, “Thanks to Checkpoint Systems’ latest RFID labels, we know exactly how many medium blue trousers are still in our distribution centres in Belgium, the Netherlands or Germany, for example, or how many extra jackets our shops in Japan need from our summer collection.”
“In this way, we are not left with a large surplus of unsold items, at the end of a season and we can provide every consumer with the garment he or she wants, through his or her most preferred sales channel,” he added.
Geert den Hartog, the Key Account Director – Apparel at Checkpoint Systems, said, “2020 has changed the buying behaviour of consumers worldwide. Shoppers no longer just buy clothes in a physical shop or online. They buy through their preferred channel, as and when it is convenient for them, if retailers want to grow, they will have to accommodate their consumers with this omnichannel behaviour.”
“RFID ensure that shops can perfectly align e-commerce, click & collect and other online services. This improves customer loyalty by ensuring that the experience is enjoyable, from mobile/desktop browsing through to collection or delivery,” he added.