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TFG puts RFID centre to Digital Transformation Strategy

Sep '19
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South-African retail group TFG is continuing its wide-scale RFID deployment in partnership with Intelligent Label Solutions (ITL). TFG, which operates 28 brands in over 4000 stores across 32 countries, has put RFID at centre of its 7 year 'Digital Transformation Program' and cited improved inventory accuracy as key to long term omni-channel strategy.

ITL offers a complete, integrated, and customisable range of RFID solutions that guide its customers across a number of key areas to ensure deployment is not just best positioned at the roll-out stage but continues to provide maximum benefit throughout the RFID.

TFG had selected ITL as its global RFID inlay and source tagging supplier embarking on an ambitious 24-month roll-out programme in September 2018. The first stage of deployment covered all 22 of TFG's South African brands including Markham, Fabiani, G-Star Raw, and Sports Divisions with the remaining brands going live thereafter.

The partnership with ITL will see the global label supplier print and encode RFID labels with data uploaded from TFG onto its LabelVantage supply chain application. This will allow for production and supply occurring seamlessly across a number of its global service bureaus including South Africa, Mauritius, China, India, Bangladesh and Turkey with deliveries going directly to TFG's product suppliers in region.

"From an omni-channel strategy stock accuracy is absolutely critical. We want to be able to fulfill orders across any channels and across any inventory point. The only way we were going to be able to deliver on that promise was with inventory accuracy. RFID is a huge step in that direction for us. We like to invest wisely with our partners and with our solutions," said Greg Walsh, head of omni-channel systems at TFG.

TFG announced a number of immediate cost savings attributed to their RFID adoption including reduced staff costs and associated stock counting expense. The retailer claims that counting stock in one of their stores now only takes three hours whereas, prior to RFID, the same activity would take the whole team two full days, incurring significant staff overtime and store closure costs.

"RFID allows us more time and more efficiency in reducing the physical count activity in store and releases people to do what they've been employed to do. Besides the data integrity and the significant increase in replenishment, the ROI on RFID is massive," said TFG's senior operations business process manager, Martin Kurc.

"We are honoured and delighted to have been selected as TFG's global RFID label supplier for this strategically critical project," said ITL's group COO, Chris Currie. "Working closer together, we have built on our already strong and healthy relationship forged over time. It’s been about finding solutions to challenges, building trust through always delivering on this initiative towards the future success of both parties."

With over 40 years-experience in labelling and ticketing, ITL is a tried and trusted supplier of RFID labels whilst also offering scalable software solutions and access to class leading hardware, all of which can be bundled together to provide seamless end-to-end integration of RFID. (PC)

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