Several years after releasing an RFID solution to help optometrists manage their store’s glasses frame, Frame Source Group has released a new version of the system, which can more effectively order frames with lenses and ensure that the display frames will remain on the display wall for customers.

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The system, known as Advanced Inventory Management System 2.0, is provided by technology company SimplyRFID. It combines integrated software that changes the model of delivering frames directly to the glasses lab, while incorporating in-store RFID technology to track inventory levels.

Frame Source Group Headquartered in Addison, Texas, provides glasses products to about 1,600 retailers and optometrists. FSG sales manager Greg Smith says the company’s customers often sell hundreds of frames in the store, but they know very little about the amount of frames in stock each day.

Typically, when a customer buys an eyeglass frame, the frames are removed from the display wall and sent to the lab, where the right lenses are cut. Meanwhile, retailers or optometrists must add to another set of glasses in the vacant display area.

Smith added that doctors selling FSG products have been seeking ways to address these issues and, and therefore, FSG developed the original A.I.M with RFID capabilities. S. Glasses tracking solution.

Stores will put passive UHF RFID tags on each frame, and they can read them through a handheld reader and count the frames hanging on the wall or in the cabinets daily. The generated data can be managed on the SimplyRFID cloud-based Pogi server.

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The store purchased a solution with a Convergence Systems Ltd. (CSL) CS108 handheld reader equipped with a stand and a Bluetooth connection that allows users to connect the device to an ios based smartphone and then run A.I.M. S. AP.(The BoingTech RFID tag was sent to the store and applied to the glasses frame, after which the staff read the daily inventory tag.)

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Smith said it had just worked very well. The FSG regularly receives an email showing the inventory count of each store using the RFID reader, and we can see when they scan, and as long as the label is applied to the frame, the data can be entered through the UPC barcode scanning system.

SimplyRFID Design software is easier to use existing inventory data on the server when the UPC barcode is not available. Users simply enter the first few letters of the frame model name and then scroll through the possible options to select the right product.

But over time, the average inventory volume began to change, Smith added. When we look at the data, they do it once in the morning and evening. But FSG and SimplyRFID found that because optometrists did not prioritize inventory counts, they began to rethink the process. SimplyRFID President Carl Brown said that although (the system) provided them with actionable data, the value was no longer there.

Frsales are fast and volume is high, but the technology does not take things into account. For example, the location of the frames during ordering, transportation and receiving, because they are sent to the laboratory and the lenses need to be returned to the original position. Therefore, SimplyRFID has developed a completely new model for this situation, called A.I.M. S. 2.0.

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In the A.I.M. In S. 2.0, the display sample remains on the wall when the customer selects and buys the frame. Store to use the A.I.M. S. The system orders frames to the participating brands sold through FSG, which will be sent directly to the lens manufacturer, the optometrist will also forward the glasses prescription to the lens manufacturer, and finally the user can view the status of the order in the software.


According to FSG, the result is that the frames process faster, the display frames do not leave the store, and order management is more efficient. In addition, the software reduces the work steps for sales people, who no longer need to write the order information and ship the frames to the lens manufacturing lab. By continuously reading the RFID tag on the display rack. FSG and frame brands can see which frames sell well, which ones are not, and which may need to be replaced with more popular styles.

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So far, Frame Source Group has signed up to 17 suppliers to sell Luxottica, a large number of glasses rack brands. These brands have been involved in the a.I.M. S.2.0 program, with over 80,000 frames currently available from these vendors’ catalogue. SimplyRFID Inventory unit data for each frame is built into the software, including the UPC of the frame. Brown predicts that enhanced delivery systems and software, along with existing RFID technologies, will drive a more dynamic model to is business-oriented rather than sales-oriented.

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The solution costs $3,000 and includes a Zebra printer, pre-coded RFID tags and a $199 monthly data service charge. The complete solution includes a handheld CS108 card reader that ranges up to 15 meters (49 feet), is reinforced to withstand a drop drop drop of up to 1.2 meters (4 feet), and can be used with a Android-based smartphone or iPhone.

According to Rod Saunders, CSL’s business development manager, the card reader is designed for durability, ease of use, and reliability. At the same time, these readers are cheap, and there are no supply chain problems reported by some reader companies.

In the long run, Smith predicts that the frame brand will apply RFID tags to every product they make to help them better manage the entire supply chain. He also expects the benefits of using RFID technology to track contact lenses.

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