NEW YORK & LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--F&F at Tesco, one of the world’s largest multi-national retailers, in partnership with r-pac International, a leading global RFID, trim and packaging company, has completed a smooth, rapid deployment of RFID technology throughout the clothing retail supply chain for F&F, a network of 525 stores in the United Kingdom. The extensive deployment, executed under strict time constraints in order to meet delivery mandates, presented a textbook case study in organizational teamwork, with r-pac working closely with F&F to ensure flawless tagging and tag commissioning.
“The executive leadership from F&F and r-pac International were fully aligned on the resources needed from both organizations to successfully implement the RFID program within the constricted timeline,” said Richard Collins, CEO F&F. “The implementation teams continued to meet key objectives and milestones collaboratively to ensure no disruption to the flow of RFID product at source and throughout the supply chain.”
According to Michael Teitelbaum, r-pac CEO, the joint project included the development of customization of a web portal to guarantee data accuracy, as well as specialized equipment for label application. “In addition, the sampling and supply chain for the required raw materials were concurrently completed,” said Teitelbaum. “Once the ordering portal was completed, the F&F supplier community was trained via webinars and face-to-face meetings in key sourcing locations.”
“We have been enthused by the proactive approach of the r-pac teams to launch the program in a timely and efficient manner. Our shared values and work ethic have created a partnership of innovative packaging solutions across our supply chain,” said Katherine Isle, RFID Program Manager at Tesco. “We look forward to continuing our journey with r-pac which will enable us to achieve competitive advantage in the marketplace as we deploy RFID across our clothing store network.”
Each r-pac RFID tag can be monitored throughout the entire production and commissioning process to increase visibility and ensure quality and a timely schedule. Quality checks on r-pac RFID tags are executed and recorded at each step of the process: from chip level to final case packing and shipping.
The deadline to implement the F&F program was inflexible due to circumstances beyond either company’s control or there would have been delivery ramifications. The F&F/r-pac story is an example of what two organizations with shared values and a focus on a common goal can achieve.
F&F is owned and operated by Tesco Stores Limited. Established in 2001, F&F is an International Fashion Brand, which is exclusive to Tesco, and sold through Tesco’s retail and online formats through the UK and Europe. F&F is an affordable fashion brand for men, women and kids, surprising and delighting customers with of the moment, trend driven fashion alongside quality and ethical sourcing.
About r-pac International Corporation:
r-pac International Corporation is leading the industry in item-level tagging for manufacturers and retailers from source-to-store with RFID technology. In addition to innovative RFID solutions, r-pac is a leading global supplier of branded packaging and trims to retailers, designers and merchants. Established in 1987, r-pac specializing in manufacturing printed packaging and trims for the garment and accessory industry, and now has 25 worldwide manufacturing locations combined with 20 sales offices. Our diverse product lines include corrugated displays, shopping bags, poly bags, labels (woven, printed and heat transfers, tapes (webbing and elastic), tags, patches (leather, paper, embroidered and synthetic) stickers, boxes (corrugated, gift, jewellery designer, shoe), foam inserts, blister packs, header cards and PVC clamshell packaging.