RAIN RFID Delivers Retail Efficiency and Customer Satisfaction

By automating their retail supply chain with Impinj RAIN RFID products, La Chapelle leaps ahead of the competition with more efficient warehouse operations, speedier product distribution, innovative in-store experiences, and reduced reliance on manual processes. Additional benefits include:

  • Three-to-five times improvement in warehouse process efficiency
  • Decreased labor requirements and related cost savings
  • Enhanced shoppers’ purchase experience with Smart Fitting Rooms that generate valuable marketing intelligence

Shanghai La Chapelle Fashion Co., Ltd. Profile:

One of China’s largest fashion retailers, La Chapelle offers mass-market clothing in stores and shopping malls throughout the country. With over 8,200 stores, La Chappelle employs approximately 35,000 workers.

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Innovating retail supply chain and store experience for competitive advantage

Distributing La Chapelle’s inventory to nearly 9,000 retail locations throughout China involves a complicated workload and a vast production and distribution network. In the past, human error during inspection and inventory processes caused stock shortages, delayed deliveries, and runaway labor costs. Adjusting back-end efficiency wasn’t enough to keep up with the competitive market. Management had to roll out new and exciting in-store experiences that would build customer loyalty.

Using the Impinj platform, La Chapelle delivered a streamlined supply chain and a revolutionized retail experience:

  • An Impinj Monza endpoint IC applied to each inventory item identifies it as unique
  • Impinj Speedway readers automatically track item location from manufacturing plant to warehouse to retail store
  • In store, Impinj readers identify customers’ selections and display related merchandise on touch screens in “Smart Fitting Rooms”

High-impact efficiency improvements deliver fashion while it’s hot

  • Reducing human error increases efficiency and sales
    Eliminating human error gave La Chapelle three to five times the efficiency in its receiving, forwarding, and inventory processes in warehouses and in stores. Inventory needs were reduced while sales of new stock improved.
  • Delighting customers with inventory visibility
    With reliable, integrated inventory figures, La Chapelle stores experience fewer disappointing “out of stock” moments. Stock accuracy increased 10% and expedited picking and shipping speeds the latest styles to eager customers.
  • Slashing labor costs with employee satisfaction
    With nearly 40,000 employees, the impact on labor and overtime costs—including employee satisfaction and productivity—has been enormous.
  • Smart fitting rooms dazzle customers
    La Chapelle’s smart fitting rooms are an innovative store experience that builds customer engagement by identifying each item and suggesting related items and accessories on a touchscreen display. Average fitting time nearly doubled with the Associated Purchase Rate (APR) increased by 6%.
  • Spearheading data-driven inventory
    Customer data collected from try-on rates, fitting room suggestions selected by customers, and purchases populate La Chapelle’s system and help guide future inventory decisions.
La Chapelle increases efficiency and sales using the Impinj platform

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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