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Checkpoint Systems Implements RFID at Apparel Brand Zara Distribution Centres

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. has been selected by the Inditex Group to implement Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology into its Zara distribution centers. Inditex’s RFID implementation project was recently unveiled by Chairman and CEO Pablo Isla at the company’s Annual General Meeting.

Checkpoint provides the massive item-level encoding solution of RFID labels at Inditex distribution centers for garments in boxes, pallets and hanging items at a speed in line with Inditex’s logistics needs. The high-speed bulk encoding solution, which combines hardware and software, ensures the highest levels of accuracy and encoding speed without needing to manually open boxes and handle individual garments. RFID label encoding means that Inditex products are associated with a unique code allowing the apparel retailer to manage its inventory automatically.

Checkpoint’s solution also enables Inditex to automate the sending of garments from the distribution centers to the stores, avoiding any possible packing mistakes in quantity, model, size or color. The RFID solution automatically checks the accuracy of the content of the boxes regardless of the packing format -- with a high level of precision and at a high speed -- in line with Inditex demands before they are sent to the stores.

The RFID project is already active in more than 700 Zara stores in 22 countries. According to Pablo Isla, Inditex Chairman and CEO, "Implementation of this next-generation technology is one of the most significant changes ever in how the Group’s stores operate."

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