Feeds

Exel trials RFID in House of Fraser

Garments tracked from China to hanger

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Exel is embarking on a project with House of Fraser to trial RFID in the retailer's international supply chain. RFID, although not a new technology, is capturing the imagination of several leading retailers in Europe and the US who see it as a potentially revolutionary supply chain tool. Although the technology is neither proven nor perfected, Exel is gearing itself to meet the challenge.

Fresh from a limited trial of RFID with UK retailer Selfridges, Exel is about to begin another trial of the technology with House of Fraser. But whereas the Selfridges trial was restricted to the tracking of vehicles and containers in the UK, the House of Fraser trial, "Project China", pushes the technology further by tracking individual garments from the retailer's own brand manufacturers in China. This will bring Exel a step closer to realising the full possibilities that RFID offers.

RFID technology works through the use of tags and readers, similar in principle to barcode technology. RFID tags can be embedded or attached to containers, cases and even the individual products they contain. RFID readers, fixed in place or hand-held by warehouse or store staff, pick up signals from the tags providing details about the identity and origin of the product or medium they are attached to.

In a store this means that, with readers placed around the shop and in the backroom, a manager can have real-time visibility of exactly where tagged products are. This can avert empty shelves and so reduce the number of lost sales caused by stock failing to make the final few yards from the backroom to the shelf.

But if the potential advantages of RFID are almost too many to describe, there are also a host of practical constraints that have served, so far, to dampen the excitement. Cost is a key issue - whether it is the price of the tags, the readers needed to interrogate them, or the work needed to integrate the technology with manufacturers and retailers' existing systems. Another issue is the torrent of additional data from all of these tags, which CIOs fear would deluge their IT systems.

With giant retailers like Wal-Mart and Tesco pressing ahead with RFID, however, it seems safe to assume that there exists the will to overcome such hurdles and capture the technology's potential.

Source: Datamonitor

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables
Why mess with armoured 10kV cables when land-based, and legal, snoop tools are easier?
TOR users become FBI's No.1 hacking target after legal power grab
Be afeared, me hearties, these scoundrels be spying our signals
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach
Miscreants probably got in, you guys know the drill by now
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha
A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.