Supply Chain

Achieve full stock visibility

Full stock visibility

Moving from a linear supply chain to an omnichannel supply chain is a major step. While in the past, items would move from the supplier, through the DCs into the stores, the new reality is that items are moving up and down between the DC, stores and customers. And that is exactly what consumers expect – transparent availability, fast delivery and flexible return options. In order to meet today’s consumer demands, retailers increasingly introduce RFID to create full stock visibility and become more agile.

EPCIS repository

!D Cloud is designed as an EPCIS repository (based on GS1 standards), holding all read events from various RFID read-points along the supply chain. This makes !D Cloud a perfect solution to aggregate stock information from all possible locations. This creates total stock visibility, which is the basis for a succesful omnichannel strategy.

!D Cloud DC Connector

The API-based !D Cloud DC Connector makes it easy to integrate 3rd party RFID hard- and software with !D Cloud. This enables retailers to quickly gain full stock visibility and become more agile.

Certified partners

Our certified supply chain partners have vast experience in designing and implementing RFID solutions in retail supply chains. Based on your specific needs, they design an RFID solution that enables you to quickly react on shifts of demand and (re-)allocate items.

Agile order fulfillment

Enabled by an EPCIS repository

Impact on customer experience

In order to not disappoint customers and fulfill orders in a flexible way, retailers increasingly open up their traditional supply chains. That means, new shipments do not necessarily just arrive from a distribution center anymore – new stock can also come from an e-commerce warehouse, nearby stores or any other stock source. In this omnichannel reality, achieving total stock visibility across multiple channels is the foundation to route and orchestrate orders, wherever they come from or they need to be delivered to.

Inbound & outbound

Typically, retailers start their RFID deployment in the stores to raise the stock accuracy to 98+%. However, once all merchandise is tagged with RFID labels, it is an easy step to move downstream in your supply chain. Especially, the optimization of the distribution process by applying RFID read-points (e.g. for inbound and for packing verification) gives valuable insights into the flow of goods.

Omnichannel

Customers expect their desired items to be available anytime and anywhere – no matter if they browse in a physical store or online. With so many shopping choices, retailers have to offer multiple options – such as ship-to-home, ship-to-store, ship-from-store, click-and-collect, and a range of return choices – to compete. However, it is a huge challenge to keep this promise if you do not know where your inventory sits across your enterprise.

Reverse logistics

A full, customer-centric omnichannel strategy requires agile order and pick-up/delivery services, but also needs frictionless return options. However, allowing customers to return items to any store in any country has consequences for the stock data and reverse logistics processes. Here, the !D Cloud EPCIS repository can bring the needed visibility regarding the stock levels and locations.

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