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Checkpoint Systems unveils Inventory Quarantine software

May '20
Pic: PRNewsfoto/Checkpoint Systems, Inc
Pic: PRNewsfoto/Checkpoint Systems, Inc
Checkpoint Systems has unveiled a new technology agnostic software solution, Inventory Quarantine (IQ), in response to questions surrounding the handling and management of returns in fitting rooms, stores, and fulfilment centres. Phased re-opening of the retail sector should provide a safe shopping environment for both employees and customers.

The SaaS-based solution can be stand alone or integrated with your store management system and allows retailers to assign returned stock to an automated quarantine holding area for a number of hours, removing items from visibility to customers both online and in-store. Recommended to be set to Government guidelines in accordance with the lifespan of COVID-19 on garments and packaging, the simple but effective solution helps retailers process returns, releasing items only when deemed safe for re-sale, maximising sales while minimising health risk, according to a media statement by Checkpoint Systems.

IQ uses unique software to identify returned items in fulfilment centres, stores, as well as merchandise from fitting rooms – initiating a virtual quarantine clock. Once activated, the items remain in a retailer’s designated safe area until the assigned quarantine period is completed. A push notification is then sent to employees notifying them that items are safe for re-sale.

Retailers carry the responsibility of ensuring returned or customer handled merchandise does not pose a health risk to others. As a result, the likes of Macy’s, Gap, Nordstrom, and Mango have already announced plans to quarantine items for a set period of time after they’ve been taken into a dressing room. Keeping track and minimising time ‘off shelf’, Checkpoint’s IQ solution is part of a suite of safer shopping automated solutions that are technology agnostic and help retailers introduce effective health and safety measures – instilling confidence in both employees and consumers.

“Across the world, the shopping experience we have grown to know is dramatically changing. Retailers implementing new processes demonstrate they are keeping people safe will undoubtedly be seen favourably by shoppers. Returns and fitting rooms have always presented a huge challenge to retailers. COVID-19 has compounded this challenge even further. 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. Inventory Quarantine enables retailers to do just that, and will ensure stores minimise the financial impact,” Phil Fisher, director, product management - MV DC/ supply chain at Checkpoint Systems said.

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