Modern retail businesses have broader channels to market than ever before, and more opportunities to reach consumers in every corner of the globe. While e-commerce presents unprecedented potential to Australian retailers, it is also more complex, and comes with a range of challenges.
The challenge of managing and stocking multiple channels
Omni-channel is the new normal for retail businesses, but multiple channels add a new level of complexity to managing sales and inventory. With stock in various locations including retail outlets, stock rooms, warehouses and distribution centres, it is difficult to makes sure the right stock is in the right place at the right time to meet customer demand.
If you don’t know where stock is, it can be difficult to complete sales, and without complete visibility across all your channels and locations, opportunities can be missed and ultimately customers may be left disappointed.
On top of that, re-ordering stock for your online store for example, when it is available in a retail outlet, is wasteful and costly.
How to get visibility of your stock across all channels
RAMP offers a complete RFID for Retail solution that works straight out-of-the-box and comes complete with RFID tags, RFID readers and Loca.fi retail software that has been specifically designed to work with RFID solutions.
Unlike traditional barcodes, RFID tags can be ‘read’ at a distance, meaning that waving an RFID reader around a room full of stock can produce very accurate results, very quickly. In fact, RFID Journal estimated that average inventory accuracy increases from 65% to 95% with RFID technology.
And the use of RFID technology for inventory tracking can extend right through the supply chain. With RFID tags embedded at the point of manufacture, and fixed RFID readers placed strategically at critical points along the supply chain, accurate and real-time stock counts can be made as products move from manufacture to warehouse to store to sale.
Completing the picture is specialised software as part of a complete RFID technology solution that delivers real-time information via dashboards to key stakeholders who can then make better, more informed business decisions with accurate data at their fingertips.
Online sales, retail sales, ship-from-store and in-store pick-up are all made easier when there is complete visibility in real-time for all inventory across all locations.
Knowing where inventory is in real-time allows you to move stock around to where it is needed (or will be needed soon) and is one of the major benefits of RFID technology for Australian retailers.
RFID ticks all the boxes for retail inventory management
√ Maximise sales – sell what you have, not what you don’t
√ Accurate and streamlined inventory management and sales across all channels
√ Save time and effort counting stock so staff can focus on sales
√ Provide an improved customer experience
√ Works for all kinds of retail product categories including apparel, eyewear, cosmetics, beauty products and many more
How RFID makes retail better
Retail RFID solutions not only ensure that sales are maximised, but customers also have a better experience and staff time is saved. There are a range of business benefits that help make RFID a valuable investment for retailers of all sizes.
Faster stock movement: RFID helps streamline warehouse processes, removing stock-counting bottlenecks and human intervention.
Fewer ‘out-of-stock’ situations: Knowing where stock is at a moment in time, and in what quantities, helps anticipate inventory usage accurately. RFID can also be used to trigger auto-ordering as inventory moves out of warehouses and stock levels get low.
Less ‘safety stock’ needed: Accurate inventory counts means less need to have valuable working capital tied up holding buffer stock.
Reduced ‘shrinkage’: Slash shrinkage and stock loss by more than 50% to save replacement costs and the need for time-consuming audits.
Less errors across the supply chain: With RFID tags affixed to inventory items at the point of manufacture, errors can be reduced across the entire supply chain. A study by Auburn University found that 69 per cent of orders that used barcodes contained an error, but with RFID this was reduced to just 0.01 per cent.
Better reports, faster: RFID retail inventory management solutions improve real-time reporting accuracy for all stakeholders to make better business decisions.
RFID retail inventory solutions are proven to improve stock management to ensure the sales floor, or online retail store, are replenished for prompt stock turnover, ensuring increased customer satisfaction, reduced costs and improved revenue and margins.
RAMP RFID in action: delivering a stylish and effective solution for leading fashion retailer
Leading Australian high-end fashion retailer Tuchuzy chose RAMP to deliver the Loca.fi Retail RFID solution to provide real-time visibility of stock across retail and online stores, reduce reliance on manual stock takes and reduce shrinkage for their premium products.
Facing increasing online demand, stock shrinkage and regular business shut downs to conduct time-consuming manual stock takes across a range of designer fashion brands, Tuchuzy implemented the RAMP Retail RFID solution to improve efficiencies across the retail and online stores, reduce stock losses and increase product availability for customers.
The RAMP Loca.fi Retail RFID solution for Tuchuzy includes a combination of hardware and software to create an integrated and seamless retail inventory management system, fully integrated with the legacy Cin7 POS system.
RFID tags: Affixed to products on arrival from various suppliers (part of swing tag), the Gen 2 UHF EPC tags are compliant with GS1 standards.
Handheld RFID readers: can read entire racks of products with a Geiger search. Holding the reader up to 6 metres from inventory, it will locate and count your stock.
RFID printer: New generation thermal printer with advanced support for barcodes and RFID encoding.
Loca.fi software: Developed by RAMP, Loca.fi is easy to deploy and the foundation of an end-to-end RFID solution that seamlessly integrates with Tuchuzy Cin7 POS, inventory, and order management system.
Since implementing the RAMP Loca.fi Retail RFID solution, Tuchuzy has seen the following benefits:
- Reduction of around 20% of working capital tied up in stock
- Reduced shrinkage of high-value fashion items
- Increase in customer satisfaction from 90% to over 99%
- Reduced out-of-stock situations
- Vastly reduced time for stock takes, that are now completed in under and hour (so can be undertaken far more regularly)
- All stock takes and stock movement integrates in real-time with inventory and POS system
- Improved stock visibility and management across retail and online environments
- Estimated payback of system investment of 6-months, representing 200% ROI over first 12 months
“Having item level visibility of all inventory creates huge value for our business in terms of improved omnichannel fulfilment and customer satisfaction, helping reduce the potential for errors when fulfilling online orders and handling returns.”
Making the implementation and adoption of the RFID solution simpler and faster for Tuchuzy was the easy integration with their existing Cin7 POS system. The new RFID solution worked out-of-the-box with the Cin7 system to provide an effective, holistic retail inventory management system that could be deployed quickly and provide immediate returns to the business.
Join the RFID retail inventory management revolution
RFID technology solutions are proven to keep track of valuable stock and inventory for omni-channel retailers. With greater accuracy and real-time information, businesses can better meet customer demand, increasing customer satisfaction and retention.
At the same time, costs are reduced, and staff can be redeployed from mundane and routine tasks to more productive, revenue-generating activities.
When you need to improve retail inventory management, speed up your supply chain and gain valuable, real-time insights to make better business decisions, you need to talk to RAMP, the trusted, leading RFID specialists in Australia with over 16 years of experience in delivering customised RFID solutions for retail, inventory and asset management.
The RAMP team is based in Australia and includes customer service, developers and product experts who can help quickly deploy an RFID solution for retailers of any size, in any category.
You can rely on RAMP to serve up effective RFID technology solutions
Whether you are a farmer, manufacturer, distributor, wholesaler or retailer in the food and beverage industry, RAMP can help design and implement a cost-effective RFID technology solution to improve efficiency, minimise losses and increase visibility at every point of the supply chain.
RAMP has been working with Australian businesses for over a decade to design and implement customised RFID solutions to automate and streamline processes for supply chain management and to track inventory, assets, vehicles and people across a range of industries and applications.
RAMP is the leading specialist provider of RFID technology solutions in Australia, and the best choice of partner for RFID solutions delivered by locally-based consultants, engineers and software developers.
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