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SATO Helps Leading Fashion Retailer Decks Implement RFID Inventory and Stock-Take System

Bringing greater operational efficiency and channelling time for staff for value-adding activities

February 16, 2016

Singapore, February 16, 2016 – SATO (TOKYO:6287), a global provider of Auto-ID solutions that empower workforces and streamline operations today announced that it supported the implementation of an RFID inventory and stock-taking system for Decks, one of the leading fashion retailers and apparel suppliers in Singapore.

Before implementing the RFID system, Decks spent up to 600 worker-hours for its annual stock-taking with 88% accuracy. To help Decks achieve greater efficiency and accuracy, SATO recommended Decks adopt an RFID inventory system which involved tagging apparel with RFID labels, scanning incoming and outgoing items through an RFID enclosure making stock-taking a breeze with the sweep of a mobile RFID scanner. With this new system, Decks is now able to complete its annual stock-taking in five worker-hours with 99.8% accuracy.

Decks was also hailed as an example for the retail sector at the launch of the Retail Sectoral Manpower Plan (SMP)* by the Singapore Minister for Manpower, Mr. Lim Swee Say. Regarding the labor savings for stock-taking, Mr. Lim said, “Today’s visit to Decks retail shop is an eye-opener for me. They have improved business outcomes for their company to create better jobs for Singaporeans and made their careers more meaningful.”

Kelvyn Chee, Managing Director of Decks Pte. Ltd. commented, “With the retail industry growing more competitive and the rise of e-commerce and m-commerce changing the way consumers shop, retailers have to act fast to keep up and stay ahead in the game. Besides stock-taking advantages, the new RFID system SATO provided also helps us achieve greater inventory data accuracy enabling us to ensure stock availability and customer satisfaction.”

“We are honored that Decks chose us to lead this important project and pleased to hear that their investment in RFID has not only improved their business outcomes but also allowed their staff to focus on more meaningful tasks. We look forward to continue working with Decks in their pursuit to achieve continuous improvement through other retail solutions such as Anti-Theft and Self-Checkout and also help other players in this industry facing similar issues rise to the challenge as well,” says Akihiro Ito, General Manager of SATO Asia Pacific.

*Retail SMP - Developed by SPRING Singapore and the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) in consultation with industry stakeholders and unions, the Retail SMP builds a future-ready retail workforce with the skills required to support the sector’s transformation. For more information, please visit SPRING Singapore or Ministry of Manpower website.

About Decks
With 19 years of experience and commitment, Decks Pte Ltd is one of the leading fashion apparel suppliers for departmental stores in Singapore. Aside from this, Decks has also launched several retail boutiques in Singapore major shopping malls and has various distribution channels within South East Asia. Decks is the authorized manufacturer for Universal Studios Singapore and Resorts World Singapore. Decks carries brands such as Surfers Paradise, Beverly Hills Polo Club and Island Shop. More information about Decks can be found at http://deckspl.com.

About SATO
SATO (TSE:6287) is a leading global provider of Auto-ID solutions that connect people, goods and information. It serves a diverse range of customers, delivering end-to-end solutions that streamline operations, empower workforces and help customers reduce their environmental impact. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2015, it reported revenues of JPY 99,831 million (US$ 910 million*). More information about SATO can be found at www.satoworldwide.com or www.linkedin.com/company/sato-worldwide.

*Conversion is based on an average exchange rate of 1 US Dollar = 109.75 Japanese Yen.

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SATO Global Business Services
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