Impinj and RFsense Deliver RFID Solution to Popular Brazilian Retailer
memove will deploy RFID from source to store floor in 54 locations throughout Brazil
October 27, 2011 - Seattle, WA
Impinj, Inc., the leading provider of UHF RFID solutions for identifying, locating and authenticating items, and RFsense, a Brazilian provider of RFID software and systems, today announced the deployment of a complete “Source to Floor” RFID solution for memove, a new apparel brand and part of Brazil’s Valdac Global Brands, owner of the popular Siberian and Crawford brands. The initial phase of the implementation will involve three stores in 2011 and include more than 40,000 tagged items per location with an expected usage of 5 million tags in 2012. memove plans to open 54 stores within the next five years, all utilizing RFID technology.
memove’s suppliers manufacture apparel in Brazil, China and other locations, using Impinj Monza® chip-based RFID tags that are sewn into the labels of garments and encoded with serialized SKU data. Once received at the distribution center, memove utilizes RFID technology for tracking incoming goods, managing inventory, completing point-of-sale transactions (including via self-checkout kiosks) and for electronic article surveillance (EAS). Following a sale, the “sewn in” RFID tag will greatly simplify processing of any necessary returns. During the next phase of RFID implementation, memove will introduce additional capabilities to enhance the customer experience, including smart mirrors and other interactive devices. The RFID system in each store comprises six Impinj Speedway® Revolution readers, three Speedway xPortal readers and Impinj Brickyard antennas at the point of sale. RFsense provides engineering and system integration services, and specialized middleware software for the project.
“The launch of the memove brand provided a great opportunity to fully utilize all the benefits of Impinj’s RFID technology, including the ability to tag clothing at the source of manufacture,” said Mario Bisordi, of memove. “Gaining inventory visibility and efficiency, improving customer experience, and providing an effective EAS solution has been a problem at other Valdac stores. Product turnover is very fast and the stores were only doing annual inventory. With RFID, we plan to take inventory weekly.”
“The memove store is a great example of the innovative projects being deployed in the retail apparel market today,” said Kerry Krause, vice president of marketing at Impinj. “RFsense has used our high-performance products to create a solution that delivers real value to retailers and their shoppers.”
memove’s first store opened on October 7, 2011 in São Paulo, Tamboré and is the first large-scale retail RFID project in Brazil.
RFsense provides customized RFID solutions with value addition suited to meet client needs, increasing efficiency and reducing operational costs in the process. Specialized in complete end-to-end RFID systems, RFsense is the leading one-stop RFID services, engineering and components supplier for the Brazilian market. For more information on RFsense, visit www.RFsense.com.br.
Impinj, Inc. (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, automobile parts, luggage and food to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, asset tracking and item authentication. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.
Senior Director, Marketing Communications