For many people in Canada and the U.S., one of the greatest joys of the spring and summer seasons is taking care of a precious garden. Whether planting flowers, sowing seeds or mowing the lawn, nurseries see lots of business in the warmer months. Today’s garden centres offer much more than a variety of seeds and plants. They’ve become the number one source for consumers looking for patio furniture, gardening tools and gifts for loved ones with green thumbs! GAO RFID understands the complexity of this industry, which is why we’ve perfected solutions to simplify your operations.
Using GAO RFID Systems in the Gardening Industry
Many business owners have asked us how advances in RFID can meet their professional needs. RFID technology can help garden centres and nurseries do the following:
- Categorize and manage vast amounts of inventory
- Manage various sections of the facility, including warehouses and parking lots
- Track employee productivity and workflow anomalies
- Monitor entranceways and restrict access to sensitive zones
Those are just some of the areas where our expertise lies. Read on to see how GAO RFID can address the unique needs of this growing industry.
Question: Our inventory ranges from small gardening tools to a variety of rare and exotic trees. How can we better manage our products?
One of the biggest challenges many merchandising operations face is the tracking of inventory. GAO RFID is a leader in this regard. Our RFID Asset Tracking System for inventory management allow you to update product lines in real time — without the need for moving products around to physically scan items. Use our powerful software to complete inventory counts within minutes and trigger new orders, ensuring you never run out of inventory. The best part of our solutions is that everything is automated, eliminating the risk of human error. This way, you can allocate your human capital to other areas of your retail operation; such as customer service.
Question: We’d like to monitor employee productivity on the retail floor to establish where human bodies are most needed. Can we do this with the help of GAO RFID?
Absolutely. The beauty of our RFID Systems is that there is one to address every unique circumstance. GAO RFID’s Personnel Tracking System allows you to monitor the whereabouts of your employees and observe their productivity levels at the same time. This is done using RFID Tags and Readers. These RFID Tags are assigned to each employee and trigger signals as they pass RFID Readers installed at strategic points within your garden centre. Monitor how long each worker spends at a particular workstation and re-jig your staffing levels accordingly. Managing your human capital has never been easier with GAO RFID.
Question: Some of our competitors are moving away from the barcode system. I’ve heard that they’re opting for RFID instead. What are the advantages of this?
Barcode systems are an older model of operation that rely on a ‘direct line of sight’ to the printed barcode. This means the scanner must be directly in front of the barcode to read its data. RFID technology eliminates the need for line of sight. RFID Readers can pull information from an RFID Tag as far away as 100 metres. By implementing an RFID system, you’re removing the need for a human employee to directly scan each barcode affixed to your inventory and assets. Our RFID Readers can read RFID Tag information in batches and will give you information that includes an item’s dimensions and whereabouts—without having to pull a scanner physically up against it. Making an investment in RFID technology will benefit your bottom line by cutting labour costs dramatically and provide real, accurate information.
Integrating our RFID Systems with your Existing Management Software
GAO RFID’s Systems can be deployed as a standalone solution or can be integrated with other software solutions, according to your needs.
At the core of our solution is GAO RFID’s AUTO-ID Engine which incorporates middleware and essential RFID functions that perform RFID data collection and information processing. Our AUTO-ID Engine seamlessly integrates with a wide variety of retail management systems so that you can access the data it collects directly via the system or systems you currently have in place.
Our team of seasoned professionals will smoothly integrate the appropriate GAO RFID System with your IT architecture. The result is an RFID solution that is seamlessly unified with your retail management system.
Contact us for more information on how our RFID Systems fo can be configured for your organization.