It is said that on the assembly line and chain stores of HLA, the purchase of “Internet of Clothes” and automation will cost 30 million US dollars a year. “Men’s Wardrobe” and chips have indeed been rumored, and HLA has long clarified that it does not manufacture chips. However, this time it is a real purchase order for IoT chips.

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As early as ten years ago, the Internet of clothes was the outlet for global shoe and apparel brands to compete for layout. Decathlon, Nike, Adidas, Zara, Uniqlo, etc., all introduced RFID technology in their production lines and stores to transform to digital.

On the self-media platform, Uniqlo’s pick-up and outfit notes can be collected and eaten, but the “black technology” of the tag cannot be ignored. With the UHF RFID tag tag, the self-checkout in the store can also be very elegant. There is no need to align and scan the barcode one by one. The shopping cart can automatically read the model, price, and quantity of the product, and you can quickly pay and leave.

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What is an UHF RFID Tag?

The UHF RFID tag was born out of RFID, that is, radio frequency identification technology. From logistics, retail stores, to when and where you consume for it, the whole life cycle can be seen at a glance.

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According to the data in 2020, HLA sells 160 million pieces of various kinds of clothing every year. It is not only the leader of men’s clothing and men’s wardrobe in China, but also various brands of women’s clothing and children’s clothing under its umbrella. The clothing business has a large volume. In order to better count and manage these clothes, HLA has been building an “RFID streamlined reading system” since 2014.

“RFID streamlined reading system”, adopts “channel machine” mode, streamlined reads RFID chip information, batch scans, uploads, compares, and classifies clothing product information in boxes.

The core of connecting hundreds of millions of clothing sold across the country is a chip and an antenna carried by each product.

The UHF RFID tag is embedded in the clothing tag, and the RFID chip is written into the product number, color number, specification, quantity and other SKU information of the product, and the real-time monitoring of each garment through the chip collects detailed data.

The characteristic of this kind of chip landing is that it consumes a lot of materials. When the “Internet of Clothing” of HLA was officially put into operation in 2015, 80 million tags, or 80 million RFID chips, were ordered for autumn and winter clothing.

The Gain Brought by the UHF RFID tag —— Take HLA as an Example

According to statistics from Impinj, the chip supplier of HLA, RFID can save HLA tens of millions of dollars in expenses every year, save about 250 man-hours per store, and store millions of pieces every day. Commodities, the inventory capacity is expanded by 5 times, the warehouse purchase capacity is also expanded by 5 times, and the transaction records are 100% accurate.

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With radio frequency identification technology, in retail stores, staff only need to hold RFID readers to read the information of hundreds of garments on turnover boxes and shelves at one time from a few meters away. The antenna communicates with the reader through radio waves, and the chip It can modulate and demodulate radio signals, process and store all kinds of data from products, and complete the inventory in a few seconds. The whole process does not require batteries.

Due to its large size and high inventory, at the end of 2021, the inventory of HLA was US$1.25 billion; as of the end of September 2022, the inventory of HLA was as high as US$1.4 billion, and the clothing warehouse had to digest it. In retail stores, the inventory of one SKU in the inventory center may reach hundreds or thousands of pieces.

Inventory management is a cumbersome job. In the past, scanning barcodes had to be within a few centimeters. Friends who have used supermarket self-service checkout counters know that they can only scan one item at a time, and sometimes it fails, which is complicated and time-consuming. However, RFID chips can transmit data to multiple readers at the same time, greatly improving the efficiency of inventory management.

In addition, HLA can also analyze when you take the product, when to put it back on the shelf, which one sells well, analyze consumer behavior, further optimize production and sales, and destock.

HLA started to build this clothing tracking assembly line in 2014. After it was officially put into operation, HLA became the first clothing company in China to apply the radio frequency reading and writing technology of the Internet of Things on a large scale.

Summary and Outlook

To enable traditional industries and applications, clothing RFID identification of such a kind of consumer Internet of Things is the first to land, and RFID technology has taken root and sprouted in all walks of life, explosive growth.

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