Belgian fashion design and retail company Essentiel Antwerp is deploying an RFID system at 40 of its stores that provides the firm with greater visibility into its stock counts, thereby improving the availability of its products in stores, and also enabling omnichannel sales. The solution consists of Nedap’s !D Cloud software and handheld UHF RFID tag readers. Essentiel Antwerp operates 55 stores across Western and Central Europe, most of which will be RFID-enabled, meaning the stores will be equipped with handheld RFID readers and connect to Nedap’s !D Cloud solution. Essentiel Antwerp, launched by a young couple in 1999, originally sold T-shirts consisting of four styles in 20 colors from their apartment. According to the company, the T-shirts “sold like hot cakes,” and it quickly expanded to other products sold in signature Essentiel stores across Europe. The firm had tested various RFID solutions to gain inventory visibility, but found in the Nedap solution “a satisfactory system which will now be rolled out across the company,” says Jan-Jakop Drabbe, Essentiel Antwerp’s RFID project manager. “After a rapid pilot in the coming ...