RFID in retail apparel

RFID in retail apparel

RFID technology used in fashion applications significantly improves supply chain transparency. Moreover it improves inventory accuracy, thereby helping retailers avoid out-of-stocks and boost sales.

Key features and benefits

Application benefits

  • Improves inventory accuracy
  • On-shelf availability ensures increased sales
  • Significantly reduces inventory time
  • Improves customer experience and satisfaction
  • Improves EAS detection rates

Application features

  • Unique serialized identification
  • Read / write memory
  • Does not require line-of-sight
  • EAS and inventory accuracy
  • Kill command for privacy protection 


RFID is the perfect way to increase efficiency and accuracy, across the supply chain, inside stores and beyond the point of sale.

Both on the sales floor and in the backroom, RFID gives you better control over, and more visibility of, inventory. It helps you more quickly replenish sold, misplaced or stolen items.

Cycle counting (inventory control) can take days using barcode technology, but RFID simplifies and shortens the process to a matter of hours. This allows more frequent cycle counting with RFID technology, which again adds to the inventory accuracy.

RFID makes receiving in distribution centres more efficient. There’s no need to open boxes of garments to count them. Simply pass the sealed box through a tunnel reader, or other RFID read point, and the items are checked within seconds.

The same tags can also be used, in combination with electronic article surveillance (EAS) gates, for theft deterrence. As RFID tags uniquely identify each product, EAS-RFID systems provide inventory updates, so shops and warehouses can quickly replenish missing or stolen items.

Satisfied Shoppers
Well-stocked shelves and accurate inventory data improves customer satisfaction and loyalty. RFID can also benefit consumers more directly, through the use of RFID-enabled store displays such as magic mirrors. When consumers interact with RFID-tagged products, these mirrors can automatically check stock levels, provide product details or suggest coordinating items.

Plus, RFID can be used at the point of sale, speeding the checkout process and simplifying the returns process by providing quick, accurate sales history data.

Standards and Data Protection
NXP UCODE transponder ICs feature a Read Protect Mode that secures the IC data, thereby ensuring complete customer privacy protection. Unlike the Kill command, which permanently renders the IC unusable, the Read Protect Mode can be turned ON and OFF, allowing retailers to reactivate the tag if a product is returned.

NXP is committed to driving global RFID standards that enable cost-effective solutions. Furthermore, we strongly believe in open standards as it speeds up market adoption. All NXP transponder ICs comply with the appropriate ISO or EPC global standards.

NXP's product portfolio is the perfect fit for Retail Apparel

UCODE passive UHF transponder ICs offer high anti-collision rates and long operating distances, and can help protect your brand. Ideal for supply chain management and logistics applications requiring high speed, long range operation.

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