Nedap applies for global patent for new Virtual Shielding™ technology

The Netherlands, Groenlo, 30 April 2019 

Smart, proven technology in !D Cloud, Nedap’s leading RFID platform, eliminates a multi-million cost component from retail RFID deployments 

Nedap announces that the patent application is pending in over 120 countries for !D Cloud’s latest functionality: Virtual Shielding™. This smart allocation technology in the Nedap !D Cloud software platform, allows store staff to easily read RFID tags by using RFID handheld devices and automatically determine the actual (sub) location within a store of RFID tags in an accurate way. This solves the problem of reading RFID tags through walls. The industry has long denied the feasibility of reliably determining individual tag locations without physical shielding however, Nedap has cracked the code on this.  

Rob Schuurman, Managing Director Nedap Retail, comments: “Our main competitive edge is that we are more than willing to invest in Research & Development. We are convinced by doing so we add more value to our solutions and help our customers to become more successful in their business. Last year alone we spent over 25 million Euros at Nedap in R&D, resulting in many new technological breakthroughs. One of them is Virtual Shielding. In our view, this is another breakthrough to make it easier and more cost-effective for retailers to deploy RFID. We are proud to say that our first customers have already successfully implemented this technology, saving significant amounts of money.” 

Proven technology, redefined  

RFID is a proven technology to raise the stock accuracy and quickly get insights on the available stock-items in a retail store. However, RFID also has its challenges when it comes to determining the correct (sub-)location of a stock items in the store. That means that retailers need to apply physical shielding like aluminum foil or metallic paint to prevent ‘leakage’ and to ensure reliable insights regarding what stock is available on the sales floor and which stock-items are available in the stockroom.  

Virtual Shielding eliminates the need for physical shielding and allows for faster RFID roll-outs across the globe. The patent-pending Virtual Shielding technology developed by Nedap lowers the RFID deployment and investment costs. This significantly increases the ROI of RFID-projects and making RFID financially feasible for more retailers.   

Virtual Shielding has been officially launched during the NRF trade show in the US, which was held on January 13-15 this year. 

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Media contact:
Ilse Protsman
Marketing Communications Manager
 +31 (0)544 47 19 18
+31 6 55 41 51 67
ilse.protsman@nedap.com
www.nedap-retail.com 

Nedap integreert Zebra-technologie in RFID-retailplatform !D Cloud

Groenlo, 25 april 2019

Dankzij een vrije keuze van RFID-apparaten kunnen retailers de beste oplossingen inzetten voor de inventarisatie van voorraden

Nedap kondigt aan dat het nu de integratie van alle fundamentele onderdelen van de Zebra RFID-technologie voor in-store voorraadbeheer voor retailers binnen  !D Cloud – het toonaangevende RFID-platform van Nedap – heeft voltooid. De integratie bestaat uit de handheld RFID-reader uit de RFD2000- en RFD8500-serie, de Touch Mobile Computers uit de TC5x- en TC2x-serie en de RFID-printers uit de ZD500r- en ZT400-serie. 

Opvallend is de diepgaande ondersteuning die !D Cloud biedt voor de RFD-reader, waarbij zelfs de firmware-updates via de !D Cloud-oplossing worden beheerd. Voor printers in de winkels biedt !D Cloud de unieke mogelijkheid om in-app individuele RFID-labels te printen. Daarnaast is het mogelijk om RFID-labels voor complete zendingen te printen, indien de fabrikant de labels niet meelevert. Hier worden de labelsjabloon en de ZPL-printopdrachten (Zebra Programming Language) rechtstreeks vanuit de !D Cloud-app via in-store Wi-Fi naar de printers beheerd, waardoor er geen software voor het printen van labels meer nodig is en de bijbehorende kosten komen te vervallen.  

Jeroen Struycken, Global Director of Business Development bij Nedap Retail, zegt het volgende hierover: “We zien een toenemende vraag naar RFID-oplossingen bij retailers en als toonaangevende RFID-leverancier willen we onze klanten de keuze bieden uit de beste producten die er zijn. !D Cloud is van zichzelf hardware-agnostisch en ondersteunt talloze RFID-apparaten, maar het grote pluspunt is dat we het brede aanbod van Zebra-apparatuur standaard in onze toolbox hebben.” 

De recente Zebra TC20 PDA en RFD2000 handheld UHF RFID-reader, gecombineerd met de Nedap !D Cloud-oplossing, worden gepresenteerd bij Nedap-stand #5B60 tijdens RetailEXPO 2019, die op 1 en 2 mei wordt gehouden in Olympia – Londen. 

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Media contact:
Ilse Protsman
Marketing Communications Manager
 +31 (0)544 47 19 18
+31 6 55 41 51 67
ilse.protsman@nedap.com
www.nedap-retail.com 

America Today kiest voor RFID-oplossing van Nedap

Eerste RFID roll-out in de Nederlandse retailmarkt

Nederland, Groenlo, 19 Februari 2019

Fashion retailer America Today, onderdeel van Coolinvestments, heeft besloten om in haar 69 winkels in de Benelux de !D Cloud RFID software van Nedap te gaan implementeren om de voorraadnauwkeurigheid structureel te verhogen en daarmee productbeschikbaarheid te garanderen. De roll-out staat gepland voor de 2e helft van 2019.

Op zoek naar de business case
Om te onderzoeken of er daadwerkelijk voldoende basis voor een business case is, is America Today in het najaar van 2018 samen met Nedap een pilot in 3 winkels gestart. Tijdens de pilot werd een wekelijkse voorraadtelling met de !D Cloud software en een RFID-handlezer uitgevoerd wat resulteerde in een verbetering van de voorraadnauwkeurigheid van gemiddeld 75% naar 98%.

Jonathan Kahn, CFO van America Today, licht toe: “Wij beseften dat onze voorraadnauwkeurigheid een enorme bottleneck ging worden voor onze omnichannel ambities. Daarom zijn we samen met Nedap gaan onderzoeken of er een business case is en die bleek er te zijn. We hebben er voor gekozen om de GS1 standaarden te volgen en zo de samenwerking met al onze Supply Chain partners meer mogelijkheden te bieden in de toekomt. Wij zijn er 100% van overtuigd dat RFID ons enorm gaat helpen om veel meer inzicht en controle over onze voorraden te krijgen.”

Arjan Pruiksma, Business Developer bij Nedap Retail, vult aan: “Wij zijn zeer verheugd dat America Today als eerste Nederlandse kledingretailer de stap neemt om RFID te implementeren met Nedap. Net als andere retailers heeft America Today geen betrouwbare voorraaddata wat hen belemmert om hun winkels en hun online kanalen echt met elkaar te integreren. Wij kijken er enorm naar uit om samen aan deze RFID journey te beginnen.”

Voorraadnauwkeurigheid met RFID
De !D Cloud-softwaresuite van Nedap is een SaaS-oplossing (Software as a Service) speciaal ontwikkeld voor de retailsector. De software geeft inzicht in voorraadniveaus en de exacte locatie van elk item wat tevens de basis vormt voor omnichannel-concepten zoals Click & Collect en Ship-from-Store. Kahn: “Onze grootste drijfveer is omnichannel, maar bij een technologie zoals RFID is het heel verleidelijk om gelijk alles te willen doen. Wij hebben gekozen om in eerste instantie te focussen op het maximale resultaat met zo min mogelijk complexiteit. De eerste resultaten zijn veelbelovend en ook de winkels zijn enthousiast. Wij kunnen niet wachten om aan de slag te gaan.”

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Noot voor de redactie:
Robin van Stenis
Director Global Marketing
+31 6 25 24 95 24
robin.vanstenis@nedap.com
www.nedap-retail.com

Nedap’s !D Cloud software selected for first large-scale RFID deployment in the African retail market

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 11 January 2019

South African value retailer Ackermans has signed a three-year contract with Nedap for the supply of !D Cloud, Nedap’s leading RFID software platform, to its 800 stores in Southern Africa. Ackermans is the first retailer in Africa to roll out RFID on such a large scale. The primary objective of this endeavor is to increase in-store stock accuracy in order to optimize replenishment processes from warehouse to stores.

Marius Jordaan, Operations Systems Manager at Ackermans explains: “We know that the on-shelf availability of our apparel items is crucial in our large-format stores. If a certain size is missing, we will lose that sale. We understand that RFID is the ideal solution to raise stock accuracy and to guarantee that the full size range is always available on the sales floor.”

Proving the business case
The decision to roll out Nedap’s !D Cloud software was preceded by a proof-of-concept at ten stores to confirm the RFID business case. During the proof-of-concept, weekly RFID cycle counts resulted in approximately 98% stock accuracy. This led to improved product availability and, ultimately, increased sales.

Helmuth Luttig, Commercial Director comments: “We knew that selecting the correct platform partner would be critical to the success of our project, therefore after extensive market research, we selected Nedap as our long-term service provider. Key reasons for selecting Nedap is their ability to scale, their cost-effective software, their extensive roll-out experience, and their community-based feature development program.”

Mark Kasbergen, International Business Development Manager at Nedap Retail, concludes: “What makes this RFID deployment unique is that, together with our local partner StegTech, we have successfully managed to build a business case for value retail. This project clearly shows the profound benefits associated with increased in-store stock accuracy. We are proud of our achievement as well as the learnings gained by signing up the first Southern African retailer for a large-scale, source-tagged RFID rollout in the region”.

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Media contact:
Janna Dirks
Marketing & Communications Nedap Retail
T +31 (0)544 471 904
US 646 751 8820
janna.dirks@nedap.com

Nedap at NRF Retail’s Big Show: Fastest growing RFID platform now available in the US

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 10 January 2019 At the upcoming NRF retail’s Big Show in New York, from 13 to 15 January 2019, Nedap (booth #4547) officially launches the !D Cloud software platform in the US. !D Cloud enables retailers to boost the inventory visibility in retail organizations, leading to a perfect on-shelf product availability and […]

Nedap’s !D Cloud software selected for largest RFID deployment in Nordic retail market

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 18 October 2018 Voice Norge AS selected !D Cloud, Nedap’s leading RFID software platform, for the RFID roll-out to their 200 stores in Norway. The roll-out, which was completed within 6 months, is the largest RFID deployment in the Nordic retail market to date. Johnny Ottesen, CEO at Voice, comments: “We realized […]

Fashion retailer Scalpers partners with Nedap for international RFID roll-out

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 5 July 2018 Nedap today announced that the Spanish fashion retailer Scalpers has selected Nedap as their technology partner for the RFID roll-out to their 150 stores. Nedap will provide its !D Cloud software platform and the RFID hardware to enable the complete traceability of Scalpers’ inventory and raise the retailer’s stock […]

RBTE 2018: Nedap showcases RFID solutions

“EAS in the Cloud” & “RFID in the Cloud” for secured mobile payments & Omnichannel

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 30 April 2018

At the upcoming RBTE trade show in London, from 2-3 May 2018, Nedap (booth D105) presents its latest RFID solutions that boost the product availability in retail stores. The featured innovations for effective loss prevention and improved stock management lead to a perfect on-shelf product availability and enable true Omnichannel retailing.

Nedap & MishiPay showcase “EAS in the Cloud”
An increasing number of retailers is offering alternatives to the traditional point-of-sale by offering the possibility to their customers to do the payment on their own mobile device. These ‘seamless checkout experiences’ however conflict with traditional EAS solutions. At RBTE, Nedap and MishiPay showcase how mobile payments can be combined with RFID-based EAS systems to effectively prevent merchandise from being stolen.

Stock accuracy & Omnichannel with “RFID in the Cloud”
The !D Cloud software suite is a Software-as-a-Service solution specifically developed for retail applications, giving retailers the quickest route to implement RFID and improve their in-store stock accuracy to over 98%. The detailed insights into the stock accuracy and the exact location of each item is also the basis to successfully introduce Omnichannel concepts like “click & collect” or “buy online & return offline” without adding complexity or a separate supply chain.

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Learn more about what you can expect at RBTE 2018

Media contact:
Janna Dirks
Marketing & Communications Nedap Retail
T +31 (0)544 471 904
US 646 751 8820
janna.dirks@nedap.com

EuroCIS 2018: Nedap showcases product availability solutions

“EAS in the Cloud” & “RFID in the Cloud” for secured mobile payments & Omnichannel

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 22 February 2018

At the upcoming EuroCIS trade show in Düsseldorf, from 27 February – 1 March 2018, Nedap (booth 10A02) presents its latest innovations that boost the product availability in retail stores. The featured innovations for effective loss prevention and improved stock management lead to a perfect on-shelf product availability and enable true Omnichannel retailing.

Nedap & MishiPay showcase “EAS in the Cloud”
An increasing number of retailers is offering alternatives to the traditional point-of-sale by offering the possibility to their customers to do the payment on their own mobile device. These ‘seamless checkout experiences’ however conflict with traditional EAS solutions. At EuroCIS, Nedap and MishiPay showcase how mobile payments can be combined with RFID-based EAS systems to effectively prevent merchandise from being stolen.

Stock accuracy & Omnichannel with “RFID in the Cloud”
The !D Cloud software suite is a Software-as-a-Service solution specifically developed for retail applications, giving retailers the quickest route to implement RFID and improve their in-store stock accuracy to over 98%. The detailed insights into the stock accuracy and the exact location of each item is also the basis to successfully introduce Omnichannel concepts like “click & collect” or “buy online & return offline” without adding complexity or a separate supply chain.

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Learn more about what you can expect at EuroCIS 2018

Media contact:
Janna Dirks
Marketing & Communications Nedap Retail
T +31 (0)544 471 904
US 646 751 8820
janna.dirks@nedap.com

Misako to use Nedap’s !D Cloud RFID software in 200+ stores

Groenlo, The Netherlands, 6 November 2017

Spanish fashion retailer Misako will use Nedap’s !D Cloud Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) software solution in its 200+ stores and in its distribution centre. By using !D Cloud, Misako is able to raise its stock accuracy to over 98%. Having full transparency of  its store stock levels is an essential part of the retailer’s international growth strategy.

Excellent match
Jean François Thuilliez, Deputy CEO at Misako: “Accurate stock data will strongly contribute to our current stores’ performance and enable our international expansion. We are a very lean organization and Nedap’s !D Cloud solution is an excellent match with our way of working. It is easy-to-use, light on our IT resources and highly scalable.”

By raising the stock accuracy on item-level to over 98%, Misako is able to increase the on-shelf availability, improve the DC-to-store replenishment and also improve the speed of their online and Click & Collect orders. Thuilliez: “In today’s omnichannel world, we need to know exactly where our merchandise is. Only then, we are able to speed up our processes and truly integrate our physical stores with our web shops. True integration means that we have one single pool of products and we know the exact location of each individual item.”

RFID in the cloud
All items are source tagged at the retailer’s production facilities. In the stores, staff members perform a weekly count using an RFID handheld reader and the !D Cloud app on a mobile device to determine which items are available. !D Cloud then highlights the discrepancies between Misako’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and the RFID count. Consequently, the causes of stock differences – through losses or administrative errors – can quickly be identified and dealt with.

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Media contact:
Janna Dirks
Marketing & Communications Nedap Retail
T +31 (0)544 471 904
US 646 751 8820
janna.dirks@nedap.com

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