Xterprise Announces Easy-To-Use RFID Item-Level Display Compliancy System For Footwear Retailers

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With the easy to deploy Clarity Mobile application, footwear retailers can achieve 100% display compliancy and stop missing sales due to display out of stocks

”The display compliance business case is a perfect and simple use of RFID/Item-Level technology to create value for retailers by insuring what they want on the sales floor is in the sales floor displays,” says Dean Frew, CEO of Xterprise.

Xterprise today announces a released configuration of its Clarity Mobile product targeting the footwear-retail market which is helping retailers increase sales by achieving 100% store display inventory compliance. This specific configuration of the Clarity Mobile product addresses the problem that footwear retailers face every day of having to make sure that their display inventory is accurate and complete so that customer can pick out what they are interested in leading to new sales. Case studies in the industry have documented that through empowering a retailer to take a display-floor inventory rapidly and multiple times a day, and then by using a real-time report showing what is missing off the sales floor as the basis for making sure the display is full and complete with the right product, sales have increased for stores using such a system.

The Clarity Mobile application combines a quick and easy approach to gaining an accurate inventory of the sales-floor displays with the ability to view a real-time report of what is missing from the sales floor so that they can fill the display inventory discrepancy and get back to 100% compliance with display planogram. It also provides the ability to search and find misplaced inventory using the “Geiger counter” function on the mobile terminal. With this application a retailer can take a high accuracy floor display inventory in a few minutes, as opposed to the hours necessary for using the traditional manual method. Clarity Mobile utilizes Xterprise’s “Scan and View” capability, which provides real-time reporting for users in the terminology of the product catalog and without the need for any EPC to Product Descriptor translation tables. The central reporting feature supports a chain wide view of display compliance and display inventory template configuration.

”The display compliance business case is a perfect and simple use of RFID/Item-Level technology to create value for retailers by insuring what they want on the sales floor is in the sales floor displays,” says Dean Frew, CEO of Xterprise. “We continue to find processes across the retail spectrum where our light footprint and easy to deploy Clarity applications are being applied to unserved business problems and are subsequently creating significant business impact for retailers.”

The business case for using Clarity Mobile for footwear display compliance is extremely strong. For example, a footwear retailer with 400 stores with product in the $50/pair average price range, who achieved an increase in sales of just four pairs of shoes/week by managing display compliance more efficiently using Clarity Mobile would generate a positive ROI in less than 9 months (under a traditional capital purchase model). In this example, the retailer would also experience an increase in sales of over $3 Million every year and would add over $1.6M in net gross profit to the bottom-line for the second year and every year thereafter. The ROI can be improved even further if the system is purchased through a system lease model vs. an up-front capital purchase. There are many other savings components available within the business case that have not been included in the numbers above, all of which would improve the results even further. The above business case includes all the technology elements of a solution: software, RFID terminals, professional services, tags, cloud services and support.

“The flexibility, rich feature set and ease-of-use of our Clarity Mobile application along with application delivery through Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology sets this product apart from our competitions pure data collection or infrastructure heavy solution offerings,” Frew adds. “The system is so intuitive and has so little to install that it is not uncommon for us to bring a customer up and using the system within a few hours after products are tagged and on the floor.”

The Clarity Mobile leverages Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology allows the customer to only have to provide wireless connectively for the RFID terminals within the store, no servers, and still have the full benefit of reporting delivered through the Clarity web inventory reporting portal. Xterprise’s Clarity technology leverages Microsoft technologies including: .Net, SQL, and Windows Mobile. Customers of Clarity Mobile are also deploying the companion product, Clarity ST (Source Tagging), a cloud based application for in-store and in-distribution center item-level source tagging of inventory items.

About Xterprise
Xterprise Incorporated is a leader in RFID Item-Level inventory management and in the development of enterprise-class software applications for the retail market. These highly scalable applications combine the Clarity™ application framework technology, Microsoft platform technology, continuous improvement and lean supply chain expertise, enterprise systems integration along with RFID to deliver previously unachievable levels of value to their clients. The company has been honored with numerous awards and third partner recognitions: by Microsoft as the 2008 and 2009 RFID Partner of the Year, by Microsoft as a finalist (top three) SOA/BPM ISV Worldwide partner of the year in 2008 and 2009 and by ABI as the #1 ranked RFID Line-Of-Business ISV in its 2009 assessment. Xterprise’s applications deliver rapid ROI for the retail market. For additional information call us at +1-972-690-946, email us at info(at)xterprise(dot)com or visit us online at http://www.Xterprise.com.

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