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Apparel Inventory Management

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Efficient apparel inventory management is crucial to the success of any clothing brand, but especially ones utilizing omnichannel fulfillment processes. Stock accuracy can make or break a customer’s experience, so you have to get it right.

Fortunately, RFID tags on clothes can provide apparel business owners with item-level visibility so you can track each item as it makes its way through the supply chain. These tags are quick to scan for receiving and stock-taking purposes, and also offer electronic article surveillance to deter theft.

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Common Apparel Inventory Challenges

Every apparel business, from small mom-and-pop shops to multi-location enterprises, faces its share of inventory challenges. Whether it’s uncounted stock lingering on back shelves or in-stock inventory that’s nowhere to be found, inaccurate stock counts can cut into your bottom line, making it harder to grow your business.

A disorganized inventory management system makes it impossible to ensure stock accuracy, costing your business time and money. If your business suffers from any of the following, it’s likely a sign that it’s time to update your apparel inventory management system.

If you’re using omnichannel fulfillment processes, stock accuracy can make or break a sale. The last thing you need is to lose a sale because your inventory count mistakenly listed an item of clothing as out of stock, or to sell an item based on stock counts only to discover that it’s nowhere to be found.

When you put our RFID tags on your clothing, it will tell you with 99% + accuracy how many of each item you have and give you their specific location, resulting in faster, hassle-free order fulfillment. Eventually, you will be able to start fulfilling orders from your closest store and not only from your warehouse inventory.

When done right, omnichannel fulfillment is faster and cheaper for both you and your clients.

Many businesses that don’t use RFID tags only do inventory once or twice a year, and when they do take the time to do it, the counts are inexact. This makes it difficult to sell items through multiple channels, since it’s never entirely clear if an inventory listed as in-stock is actually where it says it is.

The key to a successful order fulfillment process is excellent stockout management and knowing quickly when you’re out of stock.

RFID tags allow you to count stock so quickly that you can do it everyday if you’d like. Plus, they offer electronic article surveillance that allows you to track every item individually no matter where it is.

Getting started with RFID can be very expensive, with equipment like RFID tunnels costing upwards of $50,000 for each tunnel. With these kinds of figures, it can be difficult to work out what your ROI will actually be so you can determine whether it’s worth it for your business.

kcode can reduce the cost of shielding your sales floor and back stock room. We do this in a couple of ways:

  • Providing a cost-effective RFID tunnel alternative
  • Virtually splitting your store into two sections (sales floor and stockroom) and analyzing what’s missing from either section – no need to install shields separating the areas thanks to kbeacons

Our ROI calculator can help you get a better idea of the savings we can provide compared to other solutions, so you have a clear picture of what different solutions out there will cost.

If your employees are receiving stock using manual SKU entry – or worse, an outdated clipboard method – they’re spending more time than they should. With today’s modern RFID technology that can scan hundreds of apparel items in seconds, there’s no longer any reason for receiving processes to take hours.

Additionally, businesses that don’t use RFID technology are often fraught with errors in their inventory numbers, so no matter how careful your employees are, there’s a good chance your inventory problems are starting as soon as shipments are received. kcode RFID tags have a 99% accuracy rate, so you can be sure that every item is accounted for as soon as it hits your stockroom.

Every business owner in the apparel industry knows the pain of inventory shrinkage – your stock counts say one thing, but your bare shelves say another.

The item-level visibility provided by RFID tags lets you keep an eye on each item individually, giving you the ability to locate misshelved items. Plus, electronic article surveillance compatibility means clothes won’t disappear and be unaccounted for.

Battling theft is an unfortunate part of running a retail establishment, and RFID-enabled electronic article surveillance can reduce your losses drastically.

It’s also worth noting that theft is more likely to happen in your stockroom than on the sales floor, so it’s a good idea to utilize RFID technology in there as well.

Poor apparel inventory management affects every aspect of your business, from the receiving bay all the way to the customer level.

Overworked employees dealing with mismanaged stockrooms are more likely to suffer from low morale, which often leads to poor customer service. Employees spending too much time dealing with the stockroom also have less time to dedicate to keeping your sales floor in top shape, potentially leaving customers with a less-than-stellar impression of your business.

Additionally, customers who shop online might be left unimpressed with a business that gives inaccurate information about stock availability and expected shipping dates.

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How kcode Helps Apparel Companies

Inefficient apparel inventory processes can waste your employees’ time, decrease customer satisfaction, and lower your margins over time. If you’re trying to navigate omnichannel fulfillment processes between multiple warehouses or store locations, inaccurate stock counts can spell disaster.

kcode can help you get a handle on your apparel stock and streamline your entire inventory process. Our 30+ years in the business have given us a pretty good idea of what it takes to improve business success:

  • Optimize your inventory investment so you get the most out of the stock you purchase
  • Track your inventory with real-time electronic article surveillance
  • Reduce theft and inventory shrinkage
  • Streamline employee processes to cut labor costs
  • Improve customer satisfaction by freeing up employees’ time for customer service
  • Boost sales with accurate stock figures
  • Remove the need for cashiers with our automated POS process

kcode is compatible with most ERP and POS systems for seamless integration.

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ktrac: The Apparel Inventory Management Solution

kcode apparel inventory management solutions can give you the item-level visibility you need to make omnichannel fulfillment easier for your workforce. ktrac is our cornerstone software development for inventory management. This powerful software reads RFID tags on clothes and inputs them into the system to help you:

  • Receive, inventory, or transfer thousands of items in seconds (rather than the 35-40 SKUs per minute that’s common when using manual barcode inventory)
  • Get a clear picture of your inventory situation thanks to item-level visibility
  • Prevent theft with electronic article surveillance compatibility
  • Facilitate accurate, timely stock replenishment
  • Create detailed inventory reports

ktrac gives you incredible control over your inventory and can help you manage every step in your supply chain process.

Use ktrac alone or with the available peripheral solutions below to ensure improved stock accuracy, increased employee productivity, and an overall boost in your bottom line.

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kshield

Because RFID tags on clothes rely on radio waves for quick scanning, it’s necessary to isolate items with RFID tags when you’re checking in stock so that other items in your stock area aren’t unintentionally scanned. You can do this using RFID-isolation tunnels or boxes, but these solutions are cost-prohibitive and take up valuable space in your stockroom.

kshield is a cost-effective alternative that bounds the reading area using a series of beacons that surround a swivel base for fast, easy receiving. The product’s innovative design allows you to fold it down for easy storage when not in use.

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kbeacons

kbeacons are small but mighty, blending in with your store’s aesthetic so they won’t be noticed. When placed within your store or warehouse, they create radio-wave boundaries that separate the space into departments. kbeacons also help to separate between your stockroom and your your showroom.

kbeacons offer you a further level of control over your stock accuracy so you always know exactly where in your business each inventory item is.

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kfind

Use our proprietary algorithm to seemingly search for misplaced items or find the last existence that a client is looking for in no time. With kfind, take full advantage of a full RFID enabled stock and reduce your inventory search time from minutes to seconds.

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kfit

One of our newest products of the lineup, control the flow of garments from and to the fitting rooms. Shedding some light to a known hotspot of shrinkage that affects every retailer. Kfit registers what comes in and out for a particular customer at the fitting rooms. Making it easier for the clerks to focus on what’s important, assisting the customer and not on controlling thievery.

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kshield

Because RFID tags on clothes rely on radio waves for quick scanning, it’s necessary to isolate items with RFID tags when you’re checking in stock so that other items in your stock area aren’t unintentionally scanned. You can do this using RFID-isolation tunnels or boxes, but these solutions are cost-prohibitive and take up valuable space in your stockroom.

kshield is a cost-effective alternative that bounds the reading area using a series of beacons that surround a swivel base for fast, easy receiving. The product’s innovative design allows you to fold it down for easy storage when not in use.

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kbeacons

kbeacons are small but mighty, blending in with your store’s aesthetic so they won’t be noticed. When placed within your store or warehouse, they create radio-wave boundaries that separate the space into departments. kbeacons also help to separate between your stockroom and your your showroom.

kbeacons offer you a further level of control over your stock accuracy so you always know exactly where in your business each inventory item is.

kfind Icon

kfind

Use our proprietary algorithm to seemingly search for misplaced items or find the last existence that a client is looking for in no time. With kfind, take full advantage of a full RFID enabled stock and reduce your inventory search time from minutes to seconds.

kfit Icon

kfit

One of our newest products of the lineup, control the flow of garments from and to the fitting rooms. Shedding some light to a known hotspot of shrinkage that affects every retailer. Kfit registers what comes in and out for a particular customer at the fitting rooms. Making it easier for the clerks to focus on what’s important, assisting the customer and not on controlling thievery.