by May 7, 2008 0 comments

The biggest challenge plaguing the apparel industry is the constant need to
crunch time-lines as much as possible in order to reduce time-to-market and
consequently minimize losses in sales. The Lifestyle Retailing Business Division
of ITC did an extensive survey across its warehouses in Delhi and Bangalore, to
come up with a detailed report of these concerns which included efficient
material handling and accuracy of books vs. physical stock. After completing the
survey, it was inferred that RFID technology can be effectively used to overcome
most of these hurdles.
During a pilot run on the range of RFID tags, RFID Readers and Antennas were
tested to achieve the stated objectives. Various systems such as RFID tunnels
were conceptualized and fabricated during the pilot to arrive on the final
project components. After the technology was successfully tested, it was
implemented in warehouses in Bangalore and Delhi. These warehouses have
essentially five parts — the receiving bay, the scanning bay, the storage bay,
the segregation bay and the dispatch bay. RFID tagging has enabled the ‘book
keepers’ to keep a close watch on the status of batches, and reduces paperwork
to a great extent.

Project Specs
Project Head:O
P Bansal,
Divisional CIO

Deployment Location:
NCR and Bangalore

Team Size: Six

Tech Used: Hardware: RFID
Readers & Antennas from Motorola and Intermac

Software: Custom built application software was developed to act
as a middleware application.


Vivek Kamra, ITC Infotech

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