Trasluz Achieves Control of All Processes and Activities Through RFID Technology
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Trasluz Casual Wear launched its business operations in 1999 with the objective of becoming an established brand in the children's fashion industry. Based in Burgos (Spain), the company designs and sells clothing for children aged between 2 and 16.
The company sells its products in its home country Spain as well as to Portugal, the UK, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany and the US, and is expanding its market presence using franchises, multi-brand channels and online sales.
With these ambitious expansion plans, Trasluz decided to introduce state-of-the-art technology in order to automate the maximum number of logistics and distribution processes possible, and set up an effective track-and-trace facility to trace every item of clothing
ordered – from production through to delivery to the end client and all reverse logistics stages.
The chosen solution was an identification
system based on passive RFID technology,
which is fully integrated into the
management software of the company.
Intermec and TAG Ingenieros were responsible
for analysing, designing, planning and
executing this project, as well as for
developing middleware that manages RFID
infrastructure, and designing innovative
products such as reading portals and antitheft
The use of RFID technology in Trasluz's
logistics processes starts with the printing
and encoding of source tags as part of the
production process for every item of clothing;
a passive UHF tag which includes information
on each garment is attached to every clothing
Source tagging is performed at Trasluz's
own external production units, although
the company has a centralised tagging
system which provides a very simple way of
controlling and configuring the printed serial
Trasluz sends the clothing designs to the
production centres, as well as the plan for
tag production. This gives great flexibility
when printing tags based on their order and
reference, and allows tags to be printed as
and when necessary according to the orders
The Central Warehouse
Once the items of clothing have been tagged,
identified and boxed, they are taken to the
central warehouse. There, the receiving
system uses RFID readers which validate the
receipt of incoming goods. The readers have
significantly optimised the goods receipt
process as the RFID technology enables
hundreds of tags to be read at one time
without having to open the boxes.
Picking and Stock List
The central warehouse is responsible for
supplying the shops with merchandise.
When shops place an order, the warehouse
workers – who are in charge of supplying the
correct goods – have Intermec rugged
handheld computers with IP4 and IP30 RFID
handles, which they use to identify the items
of clothing and complete the order.
Once the franchise orders have been
completed, the warehouse uses another
RFID portal which incorporates an IF61
RFID reader for the identification of items
to be dispatched. The system ensures that
the packages correspond to the orders
placed and enables errors to be detected
during order preparation, helping to speed
up resolution and avoid costly refunds or
claims to the shop network. When loading
the packages, the system is responsible
for sending automatic messages to the
respective franchises, allowing shops to
prepare for receiving the incoming goods.
Once the orders have been delivered to the
shop, a reading is taken (without having
to open the boxes) using rugged handheld
computers with IP4 and IP30 RFID handles.
The information obtained is uploaded to the
shop system which checks that the order
placed matches the delivery. If everything is
correct, a notification is sent to the central
Thanks to RFID technology, staff at each of the
shops can check stock levels much more quickly
and frequently, as clothing tags can be read
simultaneously and at a much faster rate.
Trasluz has identified numerous benefits of using
RFID technology for its operating processes:
- Fewer employees required for managing the warehouse: Trasluz has estimated that time required for receiving goods has now been cut by half.
- Dispatch processes are 100% reliable: Trasluz has
also been able to fully automate their reverse
- Reduced number of thefts in transit: Rugged handheld computers carry out immediate checks on goods entering the shop and compare numbers
with the order data.
- Time savings are another great benefit
enjoyed by Trasluz: Stock levels can be checked in less than an hour; warehouse stock checks can be carried out in just one working day.
In short, Trasluz has successfully achieved
total control of all its processes and activities
in real time – from the start of the chain
(production) until the item of clothing
reaches the end client, including returns using RFID technology.