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RFID Reading Robot Automates Decathlon Store’s Inventory Management

The company’s flagship sporting goods store, located in San Francisco, is leveraging Simbe Robotics’ Tally robot to automate inventory counts, locate missing products and enable analytics about products of interest, while RFID readers at the door help to prevent loss.

Dec 14, 2018

Since Decathlon USA, opened its doors in November 2017, it has saved labor costs and boosted inventory accuracy with an EPC UHF RFID reading robot. The robot enables the sporting goods store, located in San Francisco, to automatically capture data not only about the inventory it has on hand, but also where goods are located and when they might be misplaced.

Decathlon has already been using RFID to manage inventory at its stores throughout Europe and Asia (see Decathlon Sees Sales Rise and Shrinkage Drop, Aided by RFID and Decathlon Scores a Big Win With RFID). When it planned the opening of a flagship store in the United States, the firm considered new ways to use the technology, and selected a robotic system from Simbe Robotics. Simbe’s Tally robot was initially launched to use computer vision to manage activities at a store, including pricing, as well as monitoring which products are on which shelves. It has more recently been providing RFID reading functionality with its robot.

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Source: RFID Reading Robot Automates Decathlon Store’s Inventory Management – 2018-12-14 – Page 1 – RFID Journal