Retail Problem


Did you know Wal-Mart charges 3%* of the value of the order for short shipment (not all items delivered), early shipment (arrived before due date), late shipment (arrived after due date), and incorrect product mix in the shipment?

RFID makes it possible to ship a product with high accuracy in large volumes. Without RFID, most suppliers Wal-Mart spend about 1.5% on their overall shipments as chargebacks.

The reason I'm talking about Wal-Mart is -- the math is easy. Large volumes. And an incentive to deliver the right product mix, on-time.

How do you make sure your shipment of 300,000 items a month is correct? Count it? Again? No way. It would help if you had a solution that automates the process.

Wave RFID Handheld Suites


There are two aspects of the retail market:

  • Selling products in your retail store
  • Supplying product to a retail store

As a manufacturer, providing pre-tagged RFID products, you can increase your product sales (retailers will know if your merchandise is in stock, so they order more). And, the retailer can increase same-store sales by ensuring stock is available on the floor.

Stores like Lululemon have adopted fully integrated RFID solutions. From manufacturing to store floor, Lululemon has reported the most efficient per-square-foot facilities in the world. Stores adding RFID are outperforming the non-RFID counterparts by having every product available in the right size. 88% of shopping occurs done at a store -- not online. But, if it's not in stock, they can't buy it.

Cost Savings -- Suppliers

On a typical run of product (yearly) for a manufacturer:

10,000,000 items average value $10 per item

Tag Cost
Barcode Asset Tag $0.01
SimplyRFiD RAIN RFID Item Tag $0.08
Cost Difference $700,000

1.5% chargeback of $100,000,000 in sales to Wal-Mart: $1,500,000

Savings by adding RFID at manufacturing: $800,000 per year.

This analysis only looks at the shipment level. Its possible shipments will be early/late. Maybe RFID would be a break-even event assuming half the chargeback is early/late? Regardless, RFID increases your delivery quality and improves in-stock products.

RFID In the Retail Store

If your product is arriving pre-tagged with RFID, you have no incremental costs to support RFID.

You can run a daily 100% count in minutes. You can ensure your store has every size available and on display. RFID is so fast; some stores do 2-4 counts a day.

Sadly, losses still occur. Ensuring your best-selling goods are available is the first step in being able to sell them.



Retail has two tags: The TH (Hang Tag). And, the TX (Sticker style RFID tag).

Of course, if your product is super-luxury, you may go with something more extravagant and build it into a more prominent solution, possibly even re-usable tags.

We go into this a bit more in our RFID in Jewelry how-to.


There are a few options in the high-volume apparel side of retail. Ticket tags from Avery are the first option for 1,000,000+ tags. Pre-encoded, priced, printed, for pennies.

For smaller volumes, checkout our TH tag. We can turn these around in a day, and they are a great start. It's the same quality Avery tag, only we produce and encode for you.

We can provide tags with your product name, size, price already printed, and a list of the tag IDs. Place the RFID tag on your product, and you can take inventory in minutes.

Auditing and Inventory

Our Wave handheld RFID reader is a low-cost, fast way to take inventory.

  • Load your inventory list
  • Scan tags
  • Missing tags are listed

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RFID is the fastest way to keep track of your assets and inventory. Our Wave Inventory System is everything you need to track thousands of assets easily from just $1,795!

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