RFID Improves Inventory Management for Dress for Success

dress for successDress for Success is a Charity organization located in South Central PA that aims to work within the community to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. This year, Dress for Success decided to begin a project that would improve product availability and client services using RFID technology within its three stores, mobile unit and warehouse.

Although Dress for Success is a charity, it does not differ from any organization that they must still meet all of the tax requirements and guidelines. In order to properly comply, while also improving operational efficiencies, Dress for Success partnered with Motorola, Avery Dennison, and a company specializing in RFID retail applications to create a solution that worked.

The RFID solution consisted of the Motorola MC9090-G RFID handheld reader, AN series RFID antennas, AD-224 RFID tags from Avery, and a software solution called Tracker Mobile. The right combination of hardware, labels, and software, allowed Dress for Success to tag their clothing and accessories as donated in order to track inventory more efficiently. In addition to better inventory tracking, Dress for Success was also able to use the Motorola 9090-G to find inventory and quickly perform once arduous annual physical counts.

Dress for Success plans to implement their new RFID solution across all of their locations by the fourth quarter of 2009 and looks forward to operating more efficiently.