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.

Parent firm IT’s International Co has implemented the solution across the supply chain, including production, distribution and stores.

At store level, it saves time by immediately processing information on incoming goods.

Stocktaking and inventory data transfer between stores are also faster, as they can be done in real-time by utilising RFID.

Information on product stocks, by colour and size, as well as related goods and their location is instantly available.

The item-level solution also streamlines check-out process as clerks can scan all products for payment simultaneously.

The solution uses UPM Raflatac ShortDipole RFID tags, and complies with guidelines for RFID in apparel supply chain management provided by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Japan Apparel Industry Association.

It is also said to be the first-ever RFID operation commissioned by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan.