Heilan Home automates inventory tracking and sorting with RAIN RFID

Since 2014, Heilan Home has worked with Impinj to increase the efficiency of its warehouse operations and lower its labor costs. Impinj’s RAIN RFID platform is used for inventory management, allowing for automated tracking and sorting in multiple locations. After implementing RAIN RFID upgrades in logistics centers, garment factories, and retail stores, Heilan Home’s locations worked in synchronicity and achieved numerous benefits.

  • Saving the company tens of millions of dollars each year
  • Saving each store around 250 labor hours per month
  • 100% accuracy in all transaction readings
  • Warehouse inventory intake capacity increased by five times

Heilan Home Profile:

Founded in 1988, Heilan Home Group is a distinguished enterprise in the garment and textile industries with total assets equal to RMB 50 billion. It operates over 6,000 retail locations across China, providing affordable luxury fashion and home and consumer goods. In 2018, they became the first enterprise based in Wuxi to generate over RMB 100 billion in revenue.

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Real-Time Asset Tracking Saves Heilan Home Millions

Heilan Home needed a reliable asset tracking solution to address business challenges brought on by rapid growth and increased labor costs. The company needs to track and sort millions of assets, with 100% accuracy, as they move from factories to warehouses to the sales floor. The previous barcode technology was error-prone and labor-intensive. In 2014, Heilan Home turned to Impinj and our partners to build a RAIN RFID solution that automates operations throughout its supply chain. By tracking assets in real time, Heilan Home optimizes logistics processes and automated sorting, which reduced labor cost by 2/3. In retail locations, the solution collects sales data on each item, which helps Heilan Home refine its distribution choices and inform research and development for future consumer products.

  • Impinj Monza R6-P chips are embedded in each apparel hang tag which is attached to the item during manufacturing.
  • Impinj Speedway readers are installed at key transition points such as warehouse entry and exit points and loading dock doors.
  • RAIN RFID handhelds with Impinj R2000 chips are used by staff to take inventory in all Heilan stores.

Heilan Improves Operations Across Factories, Warehouses, and Retail Stores

  • Saving millions in labor cost
    The solution provided increased accuracy and efficiency with the ability to read 400 clothing labels in five seconds at 100% accuracy. By eliminating manual scanning using previous barcode technology, the company estimated a labor cost reduction in the tens of millions of dollars per year.
  • Reduce manual labor for sorting, scanning, and delivery preparation
    After implementing the Impinj platform across their supply chain, Heilan Home saw improvements in their retail and logistics operations across factories, warehouses, and retail stores. Automating tasks such as sorting and scanning reduced the need for manual work.
  • Improve store personnel efficiency
    All Heilan Home stores use RAIN RFID handheld readers with Impinj R2000 reader chips inside. These devices eliminate the need to run manual inventory checks, allowing store personnel to focus on customer service and sales. Staff can now scan and sort inventory ten times faster compared to manual inventory checks.

Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, and automobile parts to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, and asset tracking. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.

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