Retail Intelligence Blog

April 11th, 2016

SML RFID to Detail Advances in Retail RFID for Omnichannel at 2016 Ops Summit

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While RFID technology has steadily gained traction across various applications in the retail market, one use case is becoming particularly popular with today’s leading retailers — omnichannel fulfillment.

The promise of RFID to improve omnichannel operations has made the technology a hot property in retail, particularly for apparel brands. With recent advances in performance and deployment best practices, the results are more compelling and retailers are realizing even greater ROI with RFID. (more…)

April 7th, 2016

SML’s Clarity 3.x Retail Software Selected as RFID Journal LIVE! Best New Product Award Finalist

— SML RFID best-in-class software delivers simplicity, functionality and scalability for retail RFID supply chain and in-store deployments —

Dallas, Texas — April 07, 2016 — Today, SML RFID announced that the Clarity 3.x retail software platform is one of the top ten finalists for the RFID Journal LIVE! 2016 Best New Product Award.

The comprehensive SML RFID Clarity 3.x retail software contains enterprise-class scalability and all the functionality needed to optimize inventory management and supply chain visibility from the factory floor to the store, reducing shrink and out-of-stocks, improving omnichannel efficiency and enabling a seamless evolution to the new world of Retail 3.0. (more…)

March 31st, 2016

SML’s Dean Frew To Present RFID Advances in Retail at Connected Things 2016

connected things 2016It’s not hard to understand why RFID adoption has seen exponential growth throughout the retail
market. With a seemingly endless assortment and quantity of items to be tracked and inventoried, retailers and brand owners worldwide rely on smart RFID technology and software solutions to maintain visibility from the source to the store.

To learn more about large retail deployments of item-level RFID, join SML for a panel discussion at the upcoming MIT Enterprise Forum Connected Things 2016 to be held on April 5 at the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Mass. (more…)

March 17th, 2016

SML RFID Group Announces Continued Growth and Office Move

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SML RFID has setup RFID technology center in Plano, Texas

SML Group, a global leader in manufacturing and supplying apparel branding and RFID technology for the retail industry around the world, has announced its continued business growth and relocation of its U.S. office.

SML RFID has moved from its Carrollton location to a new facility located at 6400 International Parkway STE 1550, Plano, TX 75093. With better accessibility for staff and clients, the new office also is fully equipped to showcase the future of retail RFID. (more…)

January 26th, 2016

SML RFID at NRF 2016

NRF 2016What a great show. Over 30,000 retail technology executives and vendors attended the NRF 2016 show.

One of the highlights of the entire show was seeing about 1,000 people at the Tesco presentation by Matt Newby. Matt discussed how RFID technology provided by SML, including tags and software solutions, is behind the dramatic improvements in how Tesco is servicing customers. He also shared that Tesco has seen a reduction in their out of stocks — which are down to less than 1 percent — and that overall store inventory has been greatly reduced as well. (more…)

January 11th, 2016

Tesco to Share Lessons from SML RFID Deployment at NRF Big Retail Show

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UK retail giant Tesco will be speaking about one of the largest retail RFID deployments in the world at the upcoming National Retail Federation (NRF) conference, Retail’s Big Show 2016. Tesco has deployed RFID tag and software technology from SML in hundreds of its stores in the UK, tracking over 95 percent of its F&F branded apparel line for a total of tagged items that exceeds 200 million annually. (more…)

December 14th, 2015

Avoid Christmas Retail Chaos with RFID

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The holiday season can be a wonderful time. But for many retailers, this time of year brings up bad memories of past Christmases that turned dreams of sugar plum fairies into their worst nightmares.

Even in the best of times, lack of retail inventory accuracy can cause serious issues that negatively impact customer service and hurt the retailer’s brand. For example, Walmart executives acknowledged that an inventory management problem resulted in a loss of $3 billion in sales during 2013 due to out-of-stock merchandise. (more…)

December 11th, 2015

RFID — A Foundational Element Of Disruptive Change In Retail Business Processes


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Implementing new business processes presents a spectrum of challenges. From the creation of new backend procedures to the training of personnel, changing the status quo requires diligence and vision. Yet some new business processes can usher in disruptive change in customer service levels, efficiency and profit margins that are well worth the effort. The use of RFID technology for retail inventory management is one of those transformative business decisions. (more…)

November 19th, 2015

Come See SML Demo in GS1 Booth at Drapers Fashion Forum

Drapers Fashion ForumDrapers Fashion Forum is the only UK event bringing together senior fashion professionals to focus on the topics critical to the fashion retail industry. SML is part of the global GS1 organization that defines identification standards, and we work to help retailers make EPC tags work. Come see SML’s technology in the GS1 Demo at Drapers Fashion Forum, London, November 19, 2015. For more information, visit the Drapers website.

November 10th, 2015

SML Releases Clarity™ 3.X Software for Retail Inventory Management

Clarity 3.x software— Latest retail software revision delivers simplicity, best-in-class RFID functionality and scalability to maximize return on investment —

Dallas, Texas — November 10, 2015 — Today, SML RFID announced the release of Clarity™ 3.X software, the latest version of their comprehensive cloud-based software suite that simplifies retail RFID deployment to enable real-time management of inventory across the global retail channel.

The easy-to-use, cloud-based software suite provides best-in-class stock availability, reducing out of stocks, delivery shipment auditing and stock counting variance reporting, as well as improving omnichannel execution at each store. Clarity™ has been referred to by numerous RFID experts and customers as the “most comprehensive suite of functional, flexible and scalable software solutions for retail stores we’ve seen for inventory management and omnichannel.” (more…)