International menswear brand Faconnable has implemented the fashion-item tracking system (FiTS) integrated RFID system developed by inventory management systems provider Tagsys RFID. The Tagsys system is based on its UHF RFID hardware and e-ConnectWare software to monitor inventory at each step in the supply chain. The FiTS system provides a centralized management dashboard that delivers detailed real-time information on product availability, shipment status and retail inventory levels. It integrates with existing business process systems such as Façonnable’s ERP system, as well as its distribution partners’ warehouse management solutions.
Beginning a pilot project a year ago, the company tested the Tagsys system in retail environments and its two main distribution centres. The implementation is now expanding to include all 70 of Façonnable boutiques worldwide as well as its two logistics suppliers. The deployment includes UHF garment hang tags, HHU-400 handheld readers, the SRU-400 point of sale reader, UHF security gates for theft prevention and Tagsys’ e-Connectware software, which manages RFID data and provides an interface to back-office and in-store systems as well as enterprise applications. When items arrive at a distribution centre or retail store, the merchandise is read as its passes through UHF portals positioned at a variety of checkpoints. As the events are recorded, the inventory is automatically updated within Façonnable’s management software.
“The Tagsys system goes beyond typical RFID project-level implementations and gives us, from a single supplier, a true systematic approach to inventory management at each step of the product life cycle. It provides us the type of visibility and real-time data we need to dynamically make critical decisions on distribution and replenishment, both within our operations as well as with our third-party logistics suppliers and retail partners,” says Yonni Mrejen, vice president of retail and operations at Façonnable.
“Faconnable’s use of our FiTS system represents the type of forward-looking and holistic vision required to realize the potential of RFID-based inventory management. They recognize the need to make this system an integral part of their overall business strategy, which will translate into bottom-line benefits and a rapid ROI on their RFID investment,” adds Alain Fanet, CEO of Tagsys.
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