Spanish retailer Inditex has chosen Checkpoint Systems to implement RFID technology at its distribution centres, as part of a plan outlined by CEO Pablo Islan at the company’s annual meeting in July.
The technology is already in use more than 700 Zara stores in 22 countries. Inditex expects to operate RFID in all Zara stores by 2016, with plans for gradual roll-out across the rest of its chains.
Pablo Islan, Inditex chairman and CEO, said: “Implementation of this next-generation technology is one of the most significant changes ever in how the group’s stores operate.”
Checkpoint provides the massive item-level encoding solution of RFID labels at Inditex distribution centres for garments in boxes, pallets and hanging items at a speed in line with Inditex’s logistics needs.
The high-speed bulk encoding solution, which combines hardware and software, ensures the highest levels of accuracy and encoding speed without needing to manually open boxes and handle individual garments. RFID label encoding means that Inditex products are associated with a unique code allowing the apparel retailer to manage its inventory automatically.
Checkpoint’s solution also enables Inditex to automate the sending of garments from the distribution centres to the stores, avoiding any possible packing mistakes in quantity, model, size or colour. The RFID solution automatically checks the accuracy of the content of the boxes regardless of the packing format — with a high level of precision and at a high speed — in line with Inditex demands before they are sent to the stores.