Zara to deploy RFID technology at stores worldwide

New York -- Spanish apparel giant Inditex, plans to have radio frequency identification technology in place in its nearly 2,000 Zara stores around the globe by 2016. The technology has already been installed at all of Zara's distribution centers and at more than 700 Zara stores.

The retailer uses RFID tags that are embedded in the electronic article surveillance security tags on items. Each garment is fitted with a reusable RFID-enabled EAS tag that is encoded at the distribution center. Store employees use handheld readers to take inventory of goods and verify shipments when the goods arrive at the store from the DC.

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