Retailers such as M&S, Tesco, Wal-Mart and Metro are among the pioneers of RFID across their supply chains. But as well as enhancing inventory visibility and reducing shrinkage and out-of-stocks for fashion firms, RFID offers benefits for the consumer too, as Niki Tait finds out.
Technology supplier UPM Raflatac has unveiled what it calls a safe and residue-free labelling solution, designed to keep apparel labels securely in place yet prevent fabric discolouring or marking after removal.
The first large scale item-level RFID roll-out in Japanese apparel stores has been undertaken by a consortium of apparel and textile companies including Flandre, Teijin Group and Sumikin Bussan Corp.
Korean apparel company The Basic House has implemented an RFID solution to gain visibility into its supply chain management and to overcome a number of problems typical of the apparel industry.
Mexican department store chain El Puerto de Liverpool SAB de CV has launched a comprehensive RFID solution for its suppliers to help improve its inventory management processes.
Children’s fashion and textiles designer Carnaval de México has begun one of the country’s first item-level RFID tagging projects for apparel, and plans to use to technology to track and trace more than one million garments a year.
UPM Raflatac is teaming up with Digilogics SA de CV to develop RFID label solutions for retailers operating in Mexico.
UPM Raflatac is planning to shift production of its RFID tags and inlays away from Jyväskylä in Finland to Guangzhou in China, and to Fletcher, North Carolina in the US.
Label specialist UPM Raflatac has opened a new RFID manufacturing site in Guangzhou, southern China.
Finnish apparel company NP Collection has opened an “intelligent clothing” store in Hollola, Finland which uses RFID tags to help customers choose matching items and put individual looks together.
UPM Raflatac is to begin production of RFID tag and inlays in Guangdong province in southern China to serve the fast-growing Asian market.
NP Collection has become the first fashion firm in Scandinavia to pilot an RFID-based total supply chain solution.
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