Fashion retailer Brownie chooses Nedap’s !D Cloud RFID software solution

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 20 July 2017

Nedap has signed an agreement with the fast-growing Spanish fashion retailer Brownie for the supply of its Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) software solution !D Cloud. Brownie uses !D Cloud to raise the in-store stock accuracy of its stores. The roll-out took place from May to June 2017.

Albert Puyol, CEO at Brownie: “The implementation of Nedap’s RFID software is the first step in our digitalization process. This technology gives us the stock accuracy level that we need to be a real omnichannel player. Using !D Cloud, we have more insight in our operations than ever before. We now know the product availability and stock depth for each store and even per location within each store.”

Insights into actual stock data
Nedap’s !D Cloud software suite is specifically developed for retail applications to raise a retailer’s stock accuracy. Detailed insights into the actual stock levels also make it possible to connect the stock of physical stores with the retailer’s online platforms and offer services like Click & Collect. During the pre-rollout in three stores, Brownie evaluated the user-friendliness and effectiveness of the solution. Puyol adds: “We now have an RFID solution that not only gives us a better stock accuracy, but is also easy to use for our store staff. This significantly increases its effectiveness.”

RFID in the cloud
At Brownie, all items are source tagged with an RFID label on the hangtag. In the stores, staff members perform a weekly cycle count using an RFID handheld reader and the !D Cloud app on a mobile device. !D Cloud then translates the collected data into comprehensive lists that highlight the differences between Brownie’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and the RFID count. Consequently, the causes of stock differences, through losses or administrative errors, can be identified and dealt with more quickly. Puyol concludes: “With the implementation of !D Cloud, we have access to structured and up-to-date information that allows us to make better decisions and significantly increase our sales.”

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170 Fiorella Rubino brand stores equipped with Nedap’s iD Top RFID overhead reader

Groenlo, The Netherlands – 13 July 2017

Nedap’s iD Top Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) overhead reader for electronic article surveillance has been installed in 170 Fiorella Rubino brand stores throughout Italy. Fiorella Rubino is part of Miroglio Group, a leading fashion chain with 1.100 owned and franchise stores. The RFID rollout at the Fiorella Rubino stores is part of Miroglio’s Retail 4.0 initiative, aimed at improving its overall retail efficiency, loss prevention and service level.

Hans Hoegstedt, CEO of Miroglio Fashion: “We are always looking for ways to provide our customers with a richer, more complete shopping experience and to increase and improve the efficiency of our outlets. Here, the introduction of RFID is of key importance to us.”

Loss prevention with RFID
For the implementation of its RFID-reader in the 170 stores of the Fiorella Rubino brand, Nedap collaborated with technology company Temera. Temera’s modular TMR Core software platform enables RFID-based product tracking throughout the supply chain – from production to POS – to improve a retailer’s stock accuracy and enable omnichannel services.

Nedap’s ceiling-mounted iD Top is installed at store exits, to identify any unpaid item leaving the store. When an RFID label is read by the iD Top, data is shared directly with the TMR Core platform. Arcangelo D’Onofrio, CEO at Temera: “We tested RFID overhead readers of different suppliers during the Proof-of-Concept phase and came to the conclusion that the iD Top is the best-performing overhead reader in the market. Especially the advanced beam steering technology, which enables reliable label detection, is a unique feature that makes the iD Top especially suited for loss prevention purposes.”

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Acne Studios chooses Nedap’s !D Cloud for stock accuracy and Omnichannel services

Successful rollout in 12 countries accomplished in 3 months

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 9 May 2017

Nedap has signed a global agreement with Acne Studios, a Swedish high-end fashion brand, for the supply of its RFID software platform !D Cloud. The global rollout to Acne Studios’ 45 stores in 12 countries was accomplished in only three months. Using !D Cloud, the retailer aims to raise the in-store stock accuracy in their stores and enable omnichannel services.

Mattias Magnusson, CEO at Acne Studios, explains: “Our main challenge is how to unify the online and in-store experience and service in order to gain and maintain the trust of our customers. The only way to master this is by having a nearly 100% stock accuracy. Therefore, automating our stock taking with RFID was the logical next step.”

Fast RFID implementation plan
The pace of the RFID implementation at Acne Studios was extraordinarily high as it took only 3 months from the first proof-of-concept to the completion of the rollout. During this period, the ERP integration, staff training and RFID labelling of the merchandise was completed.

Magnusson adds: “Once we decided to move to RFID, we were looking for a cloud solution that fits our IT strategy. We believe that in today’s cloud empowered world, it does not make sense to opt for an on-premises software solution. Cloud solutions like !D Cloud, but also for other fields like CRM or e-commerce, enable us to scale much faster with only a fraction of the internal work load and ongoing costs.”

!D Cloud: Accurate stock data & omnichannel enablement
The !D Cloud software suite is specifically developed for retail applications to raise the retailer’s stock accuracy and support store employees with processes like in-store replenishment. Detailed insights into the actual stock levels also make it possible to connect the stock of the physical stores with the retailer’s online platforms.

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Nedap introduces new iSense Lumen 3-in-1 RFID antenna

In-store hardware for article surveillance and article tracking

Groenlo, The Netherlands — May 3, 2017

Today, Nedap announces the global launch of its new iSense Lumen line. It is the latest extension of Nedap’s successful iSense hardware platform for article surveillance and article tracking in retail stores. In the first half of 2017, Nedap will introduce three iSense Lumen antennas starting with the Lumen iL45, which offers new user feedback functionalities. It can be used at multiple locations in a store, thus optimizing the retailer’s product availability.

Intuitive user feedback with light & sound
The iSense Lumen antenna line is designed to enhance the user experience through advanced light and sound options. The multi-colored lights and state-of-the-art speakers notify the store staff about  the cause and urgency of specific events with light and sound signals.

Hilbert Dijkstra, Product Manager at Nedap Retail, explains: “iSense Lumen is another big step forward in the development of article surveillance solutions. It is the result of great feedback we got after the introduction of iSense in 2014. With iSense, we completely redefined the way electronic article surveillance works, because of its intelligence. The system recognizes individual items, detects the direction of the item and gives instant feedback to the store staff.”

Intelligent 3-in-1 RFID antenna
The Lumen iL45 antenna can be placed at three key locations in a store to track article movements. At the entrance, it is able to detect which items are leaving the store and it will activate an alarm with items that have not been paid for, thus minimizing losses. The antenna can also be placed between the stock room and the sales floor to track article movements and in the back to track new deliveries.

“Product availability is an absolute necessity for retailers. Our solutions enable retailers to always have the right products available without adding complexity. Our iSense hardware platform is IP-based and uses open protocols, which makes information-exchange and integrations with other solutions very simple and straightforward,” says Rob Schuurman, Managing Director at Nedap Retail.

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H&M renews global multi-year contract with Nedap

Global fashion retailer selects RFID-ready loss prevention solution

Groenlo, The Netherlands — March 2, 2017

Nedap has renewed the global agreement with Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), one of the world’s largest fashion retailers, for the supply of intelligent article surveillance systems. The multi-year contract encompasses the supply and installation of Nedap’s !Sense hardware and tags for new stores and refurbishments.

The !Sense solution offers an outstanding detection performance, enables easy IP-integrations with other devices and direct insights via onboard dashboards. The hardware is also fully RFID-ready, which means that a future RFID upgrade is possible with the least complexity and with minimal additional investments.

Rob Schuurman, Managing Director at Nedap Retail, commented: “We are extremely proud that H&M has renewed the partnership with us. In fact, we have designed !Sense with global retailers like H&M in mind, who need an effective and future-proof loss prevention solution that reinforces their global expansion and future business plans.”

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Nedap wins Brique d’Or innovation award with !D Top

RFID solution for retail stores offers more selling space without false alarms

Groenlo, the Netherlands — December 7, 2016

At the 16th Briques d’Or ceremony organized by the club Enseigne & Innovation in France, Nedap won the Brique d’Or for the most innovative retail product with its !D Top – a ceiling-mounted RAIN RFID reader. Nedap’s !D Top was recognized as the most innovative solution by the jury, because this ceiling-mounted RFID reader takes up no selling space in the store, offers reliable detection and prevents false alarms with state-of-the-art tag filtering and direction detection.

No loss of selling space
As no floor space is required, the !D Top is a very suitable EAS solution for stores with limited space in the entrance area, because it keeps the store entrance clean and open. The !D Top overhead readers blend seamlessly into the store design and filter out non-moving tags in the direct environment of the reader. This makes it possible to place tagged merchandise in the premium selling space near the store entrance.

Tag filtering and direction detection
The !D Top is equipped with a sophisticated antenna array that dynamically creates a multitude of independent beams in different directions. With this beam steering functionality, the smart integrated reader determines whether a product is really moving or if it is just a stationary tag. The functionality also detects in which direction each RFID label is moving, which makes it possible to reliably monitor if a person carrying a garment is actually leaving the store or just passing underneath the !D Top.

Maximum performance with compact design
With a size of 15” by 15” (37 cm x 37 cm), the !D Top is an extremely small and lightweight integrated RFID reader that can be fitted to the ceiling using a standard VESA mount, keeping the entrance of the store completely open. The !D Top can be used stand-alone as RFID-based EAS system or as an RFID upgrade to any existing traditional EAS system.

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Norwegian retailer Brandstad rolls out Nedap RFID solution

Groenlo, the Netherlands — November 23, 2016

Nedap today announced that multi-brand menswear retailer Brandstad has successfully rolled-out !D Cloud, Nedap’s cloud-based RFID solution to all their stores in Norway. In close cooperation with Nedap’s local partner Securitas Teknikk, Brandstad rolled out the RFID solution to 18 stores within four weeks. !D Cloud enables Brandstad to significantly raise the stock accuracy and optimize the merchandise availability in their stores.

In July 2016, Brandstad was acquired by fashion retailer Moods of Norway, who have already been using Nedap’s !D Cloud solution since 2014. As Thomas Kjoesnes, Operations Manager at Brandstad stated: “We had already selected Nedap’s RFID solution, but the takeover by Moods of Norway has definitely accelerated the roll-out. The first results are amazing, because we already see a giant leap in our stock accuracy from 65% to 99%. To fully benefit, we opted for an integration of our retail system, Visma CS-Web, with !D Cloud. Now we can finally trust the numbers and improve our replenishment process to make sure that we always have the right products available for our brand sensitive customers.”

Cloud-based RFID solution with ERP integration
Once a week, the Brandstad employees take rapid inventory with Nedap’s !D Hand RFID handheld reader in the stores. After the stock take, the results are sent to !D Cloud, which generates a difference list highlighting the differences between the RFID reads and the ERP data. After approval of the difference list, Visma CS-Web is automatically updated.

“The newly developed integration of the Visma software with !D Cloud is not only great for Brandstad, because in fact all Visma retail customers can benefit from RFID from now on,” explained Danny Haak, Product Manager at Nedap. “!D Cloud allows for easy integration of RFID with ERP systems without additional middleware, which makes the implementation extremely fast and cost-effective for retailers.”

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River Island and Nedap roll out RFID within 7 months

Retailer rolls out RFID to 280 stores after achieving sales increase in first stores

Groenlo, the Netherlands — October 26, 2016

UK-based fashion retailer River Island has selected Nedap for the international roll-out of RFID hard- and software in 280 stores. The roll-out will be completed within a period of only 7 months as there is no need for time consuming IT integrations. In this large-scale project, Nedap will be the main contractor responsible for delivering the cloud based software !D Cloud and RFID handheld readers as well as ensuring the quality of the RFID labels on the merchandise.

To prove the business case, River Island first initiated a pilot, which demonstrated that !D Cloud enables a significant increase in stock accuracy and, as a result, an increase in sales due to improved product availability. Jon Wright, Head of Global Loss Prevention & Safety at River Island, explains: “Initially, our total stock accuracy was not where we needed it to be. Upon implementing and trialing !D Cloud, accuracy was raised to 97% for all stores within two weeks and has remained consistent week after week. And even more important, that has achieved us a significant sales increase across all our pilot stores.”

RFID as the omnichannel enabler
“In a world of omnichannel, product availability is king. Therefore, accurate stock data is vital for us to successfully offer omnichannel services to our customers. We are impressed with how advanced !D Cloud is, yet how little IT effort it takes to implement it, which makes adopting RFID extremely easy. This enables us to focus on the most important part right from the start – raising the stock accuracy in all our stores and gaining full control over our inventory through item-level visibility,” commented Jon Wright.

Using RFID, River Island is aiming to significantly raise their in-store stock accuracy which can enable efficient omnichannel services like ship-from-store, Buy Online Return In Store and Buy Online Pickup In Store.

Rob Schuurman, Managing Director at Nedap Retail, added: “We are incredibly proud to be able to announce that River Island sets of their RFID journey with us. The full roll-out to 280 stores will be completed within 7 months. This shows how !D Cloud perfectly fits the retail sector’s requirements. The solution is native cloud-based which makes it extremely future-proof, as new features become available continuously. Moreover there is no need for costly and complex software integrations or servers in each store location. This makes it possible to quickly benefit from RFID with the least complexity and upfront investments.”

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Retail Fraud Awards: !D Cloud awarded as “Most innovative cross-functional product”

Groenlo, the Netherlands — October 6, 2016

Nedap won this year’s the award for “Most innovative cross-functional product” with the !D Cloud solution. The award ceremony took place on the evening of Retail Risk – Leicester. The Fraud Awards showcase and celebrate the very best in retail fraud and loss prevention, people, processes, strategy and technology.

“We are extremely proud that !D Cloud is recognized as this year’s most innovative cross-functional product. As the introduction of RFID touches on so many different departments within a retail organization, we continuously challenge ourselves to make it simple for the retailer. Therefore, !D Cloud takes a different approach to using RFID in retail stores as it does not require integration with existing IT systems and adapts extremely well to existing processes,” commented Rob Schuurman, Managing Director at Nedap Retail.

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Nedap globally releases new RFID handheld

Groenlo, the Netherlands — May 2, 2016

Nedap today announced mass availability of its !D Hand 2 RFID handheld reader. The !D Hand 2 is available worldwide complying with the different regional ETSI and FCC regulations for UHF RFID (RAIN RFID) products. The reader offers a high reading performance, wireless charging and extensive software development kits (SDKs).

The !D Hand 2 is specifically designed for RFID applications in retail stores like cycle counts, goods receiving and tag commissioning. The handheld reader sets itself apart from traditional RFID handheld readers through a number of unique characteristics which makes the use of RFID more accessible and scalable: one-button operation, lightweight design, Bluetooth-enabled and equipped with a barcode scanner.

The !D Hand 2 works together with iOS and Android mobile devices, supporting the trend of a large increase in the amount of mobile devices already used in the store for other tasks. Whenever staff members want to perform an RFID-related task, they can simply take the !D Hand, pair it with their mobile device and start the task.

“We have already integrated the !D Hand into our ControlSpan application” states Kris Doane, Director of Product Management at CONTROLTEK USA. ”It was very easy to do the integration with the SDK supplied and best of all our customers are really impressed with the user-friendliness and performance of this Bluetooth reader.”

The !D Hand 2 is available with a charging cradle for wireless charging of the !D Hand’s battery using induction transfer, simply by placing it on a wireless pad with no need for additional cables or adaptors.

Free developer kit at RFID Journal LIVE
At the RFID Journal LIVE congress in Orlando (3-5 May 2016), Nedap will give away three developer kits for free. These developer kits include an !D Hand 2, the charging cradle and a SDK for iOS and Android to enable developers to build their own RAIN RFID applications.

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