Denim brand G-Star RAW has selected RFID solutions provider Nedap Retail’s Nedap iD Cloud platform to achieve full inventory visibility in support of its omni-channel strategy.
What started a few years ago as an in-store inventory visibility project leveraging Nedap Retail solutions has now grown and is further closing the gap between online and brick-and-mortar shopping. Knowing what is in stock and where items are located at all times, throughout the supply chain, is essential for G-Star. With Nedap iD Cloud, the brand can now perfectly match demand and supply anywhere at any moment.
With optimum digital product availability through the leveraging of store stock, the denim brand will also achieve efficiency gains when fulfilling Ship-from-Store and BOPIS (Click & Collect) orders and when checking on incoming goods as well as optimising availability based on refill suggestions.
“Covid-19 has further underlined the importance of our omni-channel approach,” commented Barry van Wijk, Head of Retail Operations Europe at G-Star RAW. “As a brand, you must integrate e-commerce and traditional retail to create a seamless shopping experience for today’s hyper connected consumer.
We have clearly seen a change in the traditional role of stores. They used to be the go-to spot to try and buy denim, but the actual purchase isn’t necessarily made in stores anymore these days. Stores are transforming into an even more important asset to give shoppers a full omni-channel brand experience as we now also use them as mini distribution centres. This enables our customers to pick up an item they have just purchased online or have it delivered to them within a day.”
Bruno Bakker, Business Development Manager at Nedap, said of the partnership, “It was great to partner with G-Star on this project, and as they already source tagged all their merchandise it was easy to implement our technology. Source tagging involves applying the RFID label to the garment in the factory, which allowed us to kick-start our project and show results with regards to end-to-end traceability and rapidly fulfilling e-commerce orders. We are thrilled that G-Star is reaping the benefits of RFID and we are proud to add this great denim brand to our iD Cloud platform community.”