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Air France to introduce RFID bag tracking in Paris

Air France will introduce RFID bag tracking technology at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport from 2020 in a move aimed at improving efficiency and giving passengers more information about their luggage.

The French carrier has struck a deal with Paris Aeroport to introduce tags equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to about 8 million pieces of baggage a year. The airline says the technology will gradually be deployed to its other airports.

In addition to responding to the growing desire by passengers to know where their bags are, the companies say the tags will improve baggage identification and tracking, giving gains in operational performance and reducing associated operating costs. It will also help them comply with the International Air Transport Association’s Resolution 753. This requires bags to be tracked throughout their journey from check-in through to boarding, transfer and arrival. It also recommends the global deployment of RFID chips.

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Decathlon: getting smart with RFID tags

It is nearly three years since the retailer expanded its already established RFID programme, working the tags into all of its products in order to manage inventory and to keep goods secure.

This is part of a supply programme it has delivered for more than five years now, in partnership with SML Group. It is aimed at ensuring Decathlon’s network of suppliers all adopt the RFID stickers and labels, which are sewn into clothing during manufacture.

Each RFID item is assigned an individual Electronic Product Code (EPC) number to match the unique product SKU. The resulting item-level tracking has improved inventory management and ensured better availability of goods, while also reducing out-of-stocks and improving customer service.

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Transforming the Retail Supply Chain With RFID

The retail industry has complex supply chains. Managing them is difficult and, as a result, retail stock inventories are often inaccurate. This can lead to wastage and consumer frustration at items they want being unavailable.

One solution is to place digital tags on each stock item as it travels through the supply chain, from the manufacturer to the consumer.

Kim Berknov, Executive Chairman of Detego, has claims that the accuracy of retail inventory management systems can be improved by as much as 70 to 98 per cent. This could have transformative effects on a retail business. Out-of-stock events can be reduced by 50 per cent, revenue by between 10 and 15 per cent, and overall profit margins can rise by 2 per cent.

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