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Kohl’s to Use RFID Solutions in Select Departments

Kohl’s Department Stores has deployed radio-frequency identification (RFID) solutions for select departments in its stores in an effort to improve efficiency in inventory tracking.

Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry and the company providing the technology to Kohl’s, announced the move at the National Retail Federation convention on Tuesday, January 14.

Ken Bonning, senior executive vice president for Kohl’s, said in a statement, “RFID will further enhance our customers’ shopping experience by providing improved operational visibility, enabling us to more efficiently identify items which need to be replenished on the sales floor.”

Checkpoint’s merchandise visibility enterprise software will be deployed in Kohl’s data center, in handheld RFID readers for performing regular in-store inventory counts, in RFID printers and handheld readers for tagging at distribution centers and in Checkpoint’s own RFID tags and labels for initial store tagging, tagging at distribution centers and source tagging.

Kohl’s had been piloting RFID since spring 2013 across twenty-five stores.

This official deployment will be focused on strategic apparel departments including footwear, denim and men’s basics.