Clothing Retailer JBC Rolls Out Checkpoint Systems’ RFID Across all Stores
17 Million RFID-Enabled Items for 144 Stores in Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany; Enables Omni-Channel Accurate Inventory Management
THOROFARE, N.J. – Dec. 1, 2015 – Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (NYSE:CKP), a leading global supplier of merchandise availability solutions, and JBC, Belgium’s largest clothing retailer, today announced that they rolled out radio-frequency identification(RFID) throughout JBC’s entire supply chain, from have point of production through its distribution center (DC) to its 144 stores in the region.
JBC is pioneering the adoption of RFID technology in Belgium to provide accurate merchandise visibility through its supply chain with the objective of enabling omni-channel retailing and enhancing its shoppers’ experience. JBC now tracks over 17 million items a year, from the moment of production of its 100 suppliers around the world up to the time they are sold in its 144 stores in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. This technology investment allows JBC to optimize its stock of 1.5 million hanging garments and 15.5 million flat-packed garments to minimize out-of-stocks and enhance its shopper’s experience online or in-store.
Fred Tielens, Logistics Manager at JBC, stated: “We partnered with Checkpoint to prove the concept and measure the impact RFID technology would have through our supply chain. We can now accurately track and have visibility into the quantity and location of over 17 million stock items, which enables us to confidently expand our omni-channel initiatives in the future.”
JBC leveraged Checkpoint’s RFID global expertise to enable its sales staff and logistics service providers to track stock movements, optimize store inventory and identify merchandise items that are being returned or recalled to its DC. The inventory visibility enables its online shoppers to see accurate inventory quantity of its merchandise, which is particularly important with a fast-fashion retailer.
According to Per Levin, President of Merchandise Availability Solutions, Checkpoint Systems, “We are proud to have earned JBC’s confidence during this project. The teams formed a deep partnership and have together deployed a highly sophisticated and well integrated RFID project from source to store, bringing sustainable benefits to JBC’s franchise partners and its customers. It’s not only the first and the biggest deployment in Belgium, but may also be the first globally in a franchisee organization.”
With Checkpoint’s RFID technology, each of the 144 stores is now a mini DC able to process online purchases next to regular brick and mortar activities. Six Checkpoint RFID Tunnels at JBC’s DC in Houthalen-Helchteren automatically verify the physical contents of inbound shipments from suppliers and outbound shipments to JBC stores. The tunnels, in conjunction with Checkpoint’s OAT Enterprise software, automatically match the exact contents against shipping manifests as they enter and leave the DC for its stores.
Tielens concluded, “In addition to the inventory visibility benefits, RFID might allow us in the future to measure the impact of promotions and make customized suggestions to our shoppers. We will be able to guide our shoppers through the purchase process from start to finish, whether they are shopping online or in one of our stores.”
JBC is one of the most important fashion retailers in Belgium. The company is an entirely Belgian family business that merchandises international fashion trends suitable for the whole family. JBC has shops across Belgium, Luxemburg and Germany. Our goal is to offer fashionable clothing of the utmost quality at an affordable price. JBC also has some important values that contribute to the success and growth of JBC. The most important ones are respect, development, honesty, loyalty and entrepreneurial spirit. Of course in everything that we do, the customer is always put first. JBC currently employs 270 people who work at the head office in Houthalen (Limburg).
About Checkpoint Systems, Inc. (www.checkpointsystems.com)
Checkpoint Systems is a global leader in merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, encompassing loss prevention and merchandise visibility. Checkpoint provides end-to-end solutions enabling retailers to achieve accurate real-time inventory, accelerate the replenishment cycle, prevent out-of-stocks and reduce theft, thus improving merchandise availability and the shopper’s experience. Checkpoint’s solutions are built upon 45 years of radio frequency technology expertise, innovative high-theft and loss-prevention solutions, market-leading software, RFID hardware and comprehensive labeling capabilities to brand, secure and track merchandise from source to shelf. Checkpoint’s customers benefit from increased sales and profits by implementing merchandise availability solutions to ensure the right merchandise is available at the right place and time when consumers are ready to buy. Listed on the NYSE (NYSE: CKP), Checkpoint operates in every major geographic market and employs more than 4700 people worldwide.