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Unlocking Efficiency and Accuracy: The Benefits of RFID in Retail Stock Taking

The key to unlocking efficiency and accuracy in retail stock taking, is investing in the right tools for the job. Maintaining accurate inventory is crucial for operational efficiency and customer satisfaction. We all know that traditional methods of stock taking are often reliant on manual counting and barcode scanning. Not only that, they’re also time-consuming and prone to errors. Enter RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technology, a game-changer in the retail sector. Paired with OpSuite’s Stock Taking module, you can turn hours into seconds. In this blog, we’ll explore how RFID works in retail, and when paired with OpSuite Stock Taking will save you time and increase your stock accuracy.

RFID in Retail

RFID in retail works involves the different components working together to communicate accurate stock information with ease.

Key Components of RFID:

  • RFID tags on inventory
  • Readers
  • Antennas
  • Software

Items in store are equipped with an RFID tag which contains unique information about the product as a traditional barcode would. This could include, size, colour, type or any information specific to the item being sold. These unique tags can be printed using desktop or industrial printers. RFID tags respond with their stored data to radio waves sent by RFID readers, even when not in a line of sight. RFID readers are also capable of reading multiple tags simultaneously, allowing for bulk reading and faster tracking than ever before. OpSuite’s software then receives this data, providing instant and accurate inventory data.

1. Enhanced Accuracy

One of the most significant advantages of RFID technology is its ability to drastically improve inventory accuracy. Unlike barcode systems that require line-of-sight scanning, RFID tags can be read remotely and simultaneously. This reduces the chances of human error, ensuring that inventory records are precise and up-to-date. Research into the impact of RFID in retail reports accuracy levels of up to 99% after implementing RFID, compared to around 65-75% with manual or barcode systems.

2. Time Efficiency

Stock taking can be a labour-intensive and disruptive process, often requiring stores to close or operate with reduced staff. RFID technology streamlines this process by enabling rapid, automated inventory checks. With RFID, entire sections of inventory can be scanned in seconds, drastically reducing the time required for stock taking. This means more frequent inventory checks are possible without disrupting normal business operations.

3. Real-Time Inventory Visibility

RFID provides real-time data on inventory levels, offering retailers an up-to-the-minute view of stock availability. This real-time visibility helps in making informed decisions about reordering, stock replenishment, and managing out-of-stock situations. Retailers can respond swiftly to changes in demand, ensuring that popular items are always available for customers, thereby enhancing customer satisfaction and sales.

4. Loss Prevention

Shrinkage due to theft, misplacement, or administrative errors is a significant concern in retail. RFID technology helps in loss prevention by providing precise tracking of inventory items. RFID systems can be integrated with security systems to alert staff about potential theft or unauthorised movements of goods. This not only deters theft but also aids in quickly locating misplaced items, further reducing losses.

5. Improved Supply Chain Management

RFID enhances supply chain efficiency by providing detailed insights into inventory movement from warehouse to store. This transparency helps in optimising logistics, reducing lead times, and improving overall supply chain coordination. Retailers can track the journey of each item, ensuring timely deliveries and reducing instances of lost or delayed shipments.

6. Cost Savings

While the initial investment in RFID technology can be greater, the long-term cost savings are significant. Reduced staffing costs, minimised out-of-stock situations, lower shrinkage, and improved inventory management lead to a healthier bottom line. Talk to our team about how retailers can achieve a return on investment (ROI) from RFID implementation within a short time frame, making it a financially sound decision.

7. Enhanced Customer Experience

Accurate and real-time inventory information enhances the overall customer experience. With RFID, customers are less likely to encounter out-of-stock items, leading to higher satisfaction and loyalty.

Stock Taking with OpSuite and RFID

OpSuite’s stock taking module is meticulously designed to seamlessly integrate with RFID technology, offering retailers an advanced solution for stock taking. This module uses the power of RFID to provide new levels of accuracy and efficiency in stock taking processes. With OpSuite, retailers can easily transition from traditional barcode systems to RFID, benefiting from real-time inventory updates and automated data capture.

The module’s user-friendly interface and robust functionality ensure that RFID implementation is smooth and hassle-free, minimising downtime and maximising productivity. Additionally, OpSuite’s comprehensive reporting tools allow retailers to gain actionable insights from their RFID-enabled inventory data, driving informed decision-making and strategic planning.

Whether it’s enhancing inventory accuracy, reducing labour costs, or preventing losses, OpSuite’s stock taking module is equipped to harness the full potential of RFID technology, positioning your retail business at the forefront of modern retail innovation.

RFID Technology from RMS

As expert EPoS solution providers in almost any retail vertical, we pair our unique systems with world-class RFID technology. From RFID printers to suit retail businesses of any size to powerful RFID readers, we will provide you with exactly what you need to succeed.

RFID Printers

RFID in Retail

The Zebra ZD621 Desktop Printer is the perfect choice for small to medium retailers seeking to boost precision and efficiency.

RFID in Retail

For larger retailers wanting to print higher volume RFID labels, we recommend the Zebra ZT411 Industrial Printer. It’s compact, highly versatile and rugged.

RFID Readers

RFID in Retail

25% faster and 40% more accurate than others in its class, the Zebra MC3330xR delivers game-changing inventory management technology.


The integration of RFID technology in retail stock taking is transforming the industry. By enhancing accuracy, efficiency, and real-time visibility, RFID not only streamlines inventory management but also contributes to better customer experiences and substantial cost savings by identifying shrinkage and optimising stock. Investing in RFID and pairing it with advanced systems like OpSuite’s Stock Taking module can turn the traditionally labour-intensive and error-prone process of stock taking into a quick, precise, and automated operation.

This technological advancement is crucial for maintaining operational efficiency, reducing losses, and ensuring that inventory levels are always accurate and up-to-date. Ultimately, RFID equips retailers with the tools needed to stay ahead of the competition, driving both customer satisfaction and business success.

Why Choose RMS?

RMS have worked with ambitious businesses since 2004, supplying tailored software solutions and EPoS hardware from the Shetland Islands to the Seychelles. We work with businesses in most retail verticals, contact us and discover how we can help you unlock efficiency and accuracy with OpSuite and RFID.

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