Kohl’s Department Stores Deploys RFID in Select Departments
The biggest news at NRF Big Show in New York was “the announcement by Checkpoint that Kohl’s Department Stores has rolled out RFID,” according to RFID 24-7.
Kohl’s began piloting RFID in spring 2013 across 25 stores. The company’s RFID deployment is focused on a large number of strategic apparel departments including footwear, denim and men’s basics.
“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,” said Ken Bonning, Senior Executive Vice President, Kohl’s Department Stores.
“Rolling out the solution to Kohl’s stores required that Checkpoint’s staff and contractors visit each site in order to prepare the store. Large-scale deployments,” commented Per Levin to RFID Journal, “often involve steps to ensure that tags are read properly throughout a building. This has been among the notable RFID projects that Checkpoint has deployed for its customers.”
Kohl’s deployed Checkpoint’s Merchandise Visibility enterprise software centrally in Kohl’s data center, handheld RFID readers to perform regular in-store inventory counts, RFID printers and handheld readers for tagging at distribution centers and Checkpoint’s RFID tags and labels for initial store tagging, tagging at distribution centers and source tagging.
“For Kohl’s, it’s all about the customer experience,” Levin added in RFID Journal. By identifying what inventory is on the sales floor, he explains, store personnel can rapidly replenish goods, thereby ensuring that products are located where shoppers expect to find them.