Japanese retailer Aeon Retail is to roll-out radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions to its flagship store to improve inventory management and the shopping experience after a successful pilot.

The deployment is being delivered by Checkpoint Systems, which will supply the RFID-upgradeable RF EAS systems and the RFID robot prototype to automate the in-store inventory cycle-counting process to improve inventory visibility. 

Aeon Retail – the core company of the Aeon Group with 350 supermarkets – has already started to implement source-tagging for apparel and consumer packaged goods merchandise. The programme, it says, will ensure merchandise arrives at stores already tagged and shelf-ready. 

Expanding the RFID solution to its latest flagship store, Aeon Retail will use Checkpoint's OAT Enterprise software fully integrated into its point-of-sale and point of exit systems and Checkpoint's new UNO RF/RFID label. 

This will allow the company to automatically match its inventory with merchandise sales and identify to the unit any items that left the store. The retailer says the accuracy of the information will help reduce excess inventory, reduce out-of-stocks and improve operational efficiencies.

Aeon's flagship store will also feature Checkpoint's prototype robot-enabled inventory counting solution. The robot will automate the inventory cycle counting process to eliminate human-error, reduce operational costs and shift what used to be an employee task to value-added activities where they can better serve shoppers.