While the technology goes through some considerable changes almost on a daily basis, some aspects of the technology never change - like the positive transitions it brings to the business or the manner in which it makes the work easier.
In order to endure the continuous competition, the retail apparel industry has to rely upon the technology. To deal with a perishable commodity like fashion, the retail apparel sector must ensure that it has the precise quantity of the products. If the retail store orders too much of a product, it can become stale and result in loss. In case of apparel retail stores, the position of the items is not fixed on shelf. The items constantly move between shelves and trial rooms. The odds are that even when an item is available with the retail house, it might not be on the shelf. This raises the likelihood of the stock never getting cleared, by creating a false out-of-stock situation and resulting in loss to the store. This explains the value of keeping an update of the inventory so that the right item is available for the customers when they demand it.
As per a report presented by the Harvard Business School, eight percent of all retail items are out-of-stock at any given time, costing the top 100 retailers approximately $ 69 billion in a year. The disadvantage that the items in the inventory are not visible, often results in up to 65 percent erroneous inventory counting. In return, this makes accurate ordering an arduous task. The very nature of high value merchandise that is openly accessible to customers increases the prospects for theft.
In such a scenario, RFID technology has come for the rescue of the apparel retail stores. RFID is an acronym for Radio-Frequency Identification, which functions as a tracking technology to discover and authenticate tags that are applied to products. General RFID is a tiny electronic device that consists of an antenna and a microchip, which is fitted with transceiver and transponder called as the RFID tag. The RFID tags are designed to receive and respond signals from the transceiver, allowing the tags to read from a distance.
The RFID device is similar to the bar code or the magnetic strip at the back of the debit or credit card that provides a unique identifier for that object. And, just as a bar code or magnetic strip must be scanned to get the information, the RFID device must be scanned to retrieve the identifying information. Providentially, RFID works better than the barcodes, as the RFID device does not need to be placed exactly on the scanner. This helps the store keepers in avoiding the trouble that they face when they find it difficult to read the barcode. As RFID device can work even when it is placed a few feet away from the scanner, so if a bag full of all the purchased items is placed on scanner, it queries all the RFID devices and totals the purchases immediately.