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Decathlon advances with global RFID implementation

Nedap’s hybrid RF/RFID solution selected for 15th country

Groenlo, The Netherlands – June 11, 2015

French sporting goods retailer Decathlon has selected Nedap for its RFID roll-out in Croatia. Worldwide, Croatia is the 15th country where Nedap’s RFID solution was chosen following twelve other European countries, Russia and China. Decathlon is the first retailer worldwide to use RFID instore in such a large geographical area.

In 415 stores across the 15 countries, Nedap supplies hybrid RF/RFID electronic article surveillance (EAS) systems at the store exits for loss prevention purposes.

360° article surveillance

Decathlon’s main driver to implement RFID is to increase inventory accuracy and avoid out-of-stocks. To benefit fully from the RFID deployment, Decathlon uses the RFID tags on the merchandise for loss prevention purposes as well. This enables Decathlon to track the merchandise from end-to-end - from the arrival until the moment it leaves the store. In addition, Decathlon secures selected items with a high theft risk with an additional RF hard tag.

This enables Decathlon to track the merchandise from end-to-end - from the arrival until the moment it leaves the store

Loss prevention with hybrid RF/RFID technology

The solution Nedap provides consists of EAS systems with hybrid technology combining RF and RFID technology in one gate. Initially, all Nedap RF EAS gates that were installed prior to the RFID roll-out were upgraded to hybrid RF and RFID EAS systems. For this, a clip-in RFID reader was added to the already installed RF gates. All new stores are equipped with hybrid RF/RFID EAS gates right away.

About Decathlon

Decathlon is a retail chain and network of innovative brands providing enjoyment for all sportspeople. At Decathlon, 60,000 of us live our common Purpose on a daily basis: “to make the pleasure and benefits of sport accessible to all”. In every country where we are present, we share a strong and unique company culture, reinforced by our two values: Vitality and Responsibility. At Decathlon, we place innovation at the heart of our activities: from research to retail, including conception, design, production, and logistics. Our twenty Passion Brand teams channel all their energy into developing technical, good-looking, and simple products, always at the lowest possible prices. These products are aimed at all sports enthusiasts, from beginners to experts, and are sold exclusively at Decathlon.

Ilse Protsman
Marketing Communication Manager
Ilse Protsman

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