UK-based retailer Marks & Spencer is extending its item level RFID tagging programme to include all clothing and home products in its 700 stores - with future plans including the use of RFID scanning throughout the supply chain.

The roll out of Avery Dennison's RFID technology will be completed by spring 2014, and extends a nine-year partnership between the two companies.

M&S already integrates RFID tags into a complete range of labels and tickets, allowing merchandise to be scanned at up to 15,000 items per hour, making the inventory tracking process faster and more efficient.

Avery Dennison has supplied almost 1bn RFID tags to M&S, helping the retailer to replenish stock from the distribution centre more quickly and accurately, making more garment sizes available to more customers.

"Having accurate stock information is a driver for our whole business, especially when it comes to multi-channel," explains Kim Phillips, head of packaging at M&S.

Phillips adds that the RFID partnership "is allowing us to replenish stock from the distribution centre more accurately, making more garment sizes available to more customers and continuing to prove its value over and over again."

In the future M&S plans to expand the use of RFID scanning throughout the supply chain to increase accuracy and speed of distribution.