Anyone that has ever worked a jewelry trunk show knows it can be long hours and a lot of work. After spending the day on your feet, coddling customers and selling the line, do you really want to spend another few hours in the hotel room doing inventory? TracTech System’s RFID technology can be your secret trunk show weapon. Helping you keep track of inventory, locate missing items and get a good night’s sleep while you’re spending all your time on the road.
What is RFID Technology?
RFID (or radio frequency identification) is a special type of technology that can automatically track and identify items using a special electromagnetic signal. To make this technology accessible to the jewelry industry TracTech Systems has created jewelry tags that are embedded with RFID chips. These tags look like standard tags, but with the added advantage of storing information about each individual piece in your inventory. Plus, when paired with an RFID reader they can shave valuable time in taking inventory and help you be in control of your line.
How Can RFID Help at a Trunk Show?
RFID can provide many benefits at a jewelry trunk show, before the show begins, at the show and once it is over. Let’s take a look at how RFID can benefit you:
Before the Show
When displaying hundreds of pieces and dealing with countless cases and trays of jewelry it can be difficult to keep track of the right pieces for each show, especially when you are attending multiple shows in a given week. You can use RFID to make sure that each intended piece is displayed at a trunk show and that you aren’t missing anything that you need. Simply place trays of inventory in TracTech System’s flatbed reader and your laptop computer will display information about each piece of jewelry inside. RFID will ensure that your line will be inventoried and ready in a fraction of the timer you are currently spending.
During the Show
Remembering the details of each individual piece of jewelry can be difficult, but once again the TracTech Systems RFID technology can help. Each small chipped tag can bring up a substantial amount of information, such as current cost & today’s gold, stone measurements, total carat weight and more. Information about each piece at your fingertips helps you to provide customers with answers to questions quickly and easily.
Have you struggled to find a missing piece in your line, only to find it another place that should have only held other items? Misplaced jewelry is a common problem at trunk shows since their chaotic nature can easily lead to pieces being left on the wrong trays. TracTech Systems RFID search feature makes finding the piece easy. Simply place tray, rolls or displays of jewelry into the reader one at a time and when the tray with the desired piece enters the reader, the computer will alert you.
After the Show
After a long day of selling, who wants to do inventory? By placing each tray of jewelry into the reader you can know exactly what you have without ever having to examine each individual piece. Inventory that once took hours can be completed in just a few minutes.
If you aren’t using TracTech Systems RFID technology for your jewelry trunk shows, you’re working harder than you need to.
RFID Search Feature
Struggling to find a misplaced ring hidden on one of many jewelry trays often feels like searching for a diamond in the rough. Was the ring simply misplaced or is it missing? Is it on one of the trays you haven’t yet tackled or was it overlooked in your searching? The hunt for the missing piece of jewelry could potentially take hours and if a customer is waiting could even result in the loss of a sale. Luckily there is a solution. TracTech Systems’ RFID technology can help you find a missing item in minutes. No more searching, no more hassle, no more worries.
While the RFID technology offered by TracTech Systems offers many benefits to those in the jewelry industry, one feature customers turn to again and again is the search feature. This innovative tool makes it possible to find one particular piece quickly and easily whether you’re searching through a hundred pieces or thousands.
What is RFID Technology?
RFID stands for radio frequency identification. It’s a type of technology that enables automatic identification of items or tracking using small chips and a reader device. RFID is used in many applications from automatic toll payments on highways or subways to inventory tracking and employee monitoring. Information is stored on an RFID chip and is transmitted to a reader device using electromagnetic fields. Although the chips are very small they can store a great deal of information. When the chip is attached to a particular tag on an item the information stored on it can be easily transmitted and accessed.
TracTech Systems RFID tags make this technology accessible to the jewelry trade. RFID chips are implanted in standard jewelry tags. These tags look and function just like a conventional tag, but with a twist. When these tags are used in place of conventional tags information about each piece of jewelry can be obtained in seconds. This technology can maximize efficiency and streamline processes throughout the jewelry business and has applications in inventory control, billing, shipping and more.
The search feature is just one of many potential uses for the TracTech Systems RFID tags. This feature utilizes RFID technology to find one particular piece quickly. Say for example that a customer comes in looking for a particular ring they tried on the week before. They’ve decided to make a purchase and they need it today. You look on the tray where the ring is supposed to be and it isn’t there. Inventory indicates the ring hasn’t been sold, but where is it?
Without RFID technology you’d have to manually sort through each bin of jewelry looking for the missing piece, a process that could take valuable time. However with the RFID tags from TracTech Systems all that is necessary is to place each tray of jewelry into the specialized reader one at a time. When the tray with the specific ring is placed in the TracTech reader the software will alert employees. Rather than sorting through countless trays of jewelry looking for one piece, you’ll only have to look through one. The customer will be delighted to have the ring they love and you’ll love not having to spend the afternoon searching.
The Search Feature In Action
As you can see Trac Tech Systems’ search feature hold many possibilities for your business. Let’s look at a few additional potential uses:
- Jewelry and Watch Tracking- Finding one particular item is easy with the search feature. Simply place trays of items into the TracTech reader and wait for the software to alert you. If the needed item is on the tray inside, our software will let you know. If not, place the next tray in the reader and keep looking. Misplaced rings, watches, necklaces and bracelets will quickly become a distant memory. Multiple styles of jewelry tags make it possible to easily categorize items and our special watch tags allow you to use this tool even with larger items.
- Diamond Tracking- TracTech Systems doesn’t just make jewelry tags; we also have a line of diamond tags that can be used to tag parcel papers containing loose diamonds. The search feature makes it easy to find a particular diamond and the information stored on the RFID tags will tell you everything you need to know about a particular stone including the item’s history.
- Find Items Quickly at Trade/Trunk Shows- Trade and Trunk shows can be extremely profitable, but their fast paced nature and the need to pack up and travel can lead to a lot of stress. TracTech Systems’ reader can be easily transported allowing you to use the many features including RFID search even when you’re out of the store. Plus the inventory control system will help you ensure that you aren’t accidentally leaving jewelry behind.
- Find Single Items or a Range of Items- The search capabilities of the RFID system aren’t limited to finding a single piece. If you are looking for a range of items the search feature will still come in handy. You can search for single items or multiple items quickly and easily.
What Can TracTech Systems’ RFID Search Feature Do For Me?
Maximizing profits in business is all about finding ways to make more while doing less. The TracTech’s RFID jewelry system and especially its search feature can certainly fulfill this need. Your employees will save time as they quickly and easily find the inventory they need. Multiple trays can be scanned in minutes finding one particular item or a range of items. Customers will appreciate the increased organization this system provides and inventory control will be streamlined for maximum efficiency.
In addition to simplifying in-store operations the search feature also has other applications. It can make it easier to find and control inventory at trade shows and industry events. The RFID chips can be scanned even through typical shipping boxes allowing you to find a particular item, even after it has been packaged for shipping and can eliminate or reduce shipping errors. Dealers with an online store can find and package sold inventory quickly ensuring that items are never double sold accidentally.
Integrating the TracTech RFID jewelry system to an existing jewelry business is easier than one might think. It is compatible with most existing software systems and hardware eliminating the need for costly upgrades. Using the RFID system with your existing computer network will reduce the amount of training required and will lead to an easy transition to the new system. TracTech is integrated by your software provider to offer new functionalities and screens to your existing system. All of our printers/readers have an easy installation process.
All you need to get started is a computer network using Windows based PCs and software that can assign and track unique ids (similar to a serial number) for each item. The system works with both 110 and 220 volt making it an ideal choice for US, Asian and European jewelry dealers.
Stop searching through trays of jewelry looking for one particular piece. TracTech’s RFID jewelry system makes finding the perfect piece simple so you can focus on what really matters: your customers and your business.
Savvy businesses can take advantage of little-known component of the Stimulus Bill to dramatically cut the cost of investing in new equipment. It’s called Section 179, and it allows companies to deduct the full price of qualifying software and equipment the same year they purchase it.
“Section 179 is one of the few incentives included in any of the recent stimulus bills that actually helps small businesses,” says Irina Tsyganovskaya, Shine & Company LLP, an accounting firm that specializes in the jewelry industry. Instead of waiting for years to depreciate the cost of investing in new equipment, “you can deducted the full purchase price from your income,” she says.
TracTech understands the importance of making sure you maximize the return on your investment. Our equipment meets all the criteria set for Section 179—which means making an investment in advanced RFID technology now will pay off even more quickly for businesses that invest their money wisely.
Make sure as much of your product as possible is equipped with TracTech RFID tags. To help manufacturers and others dealing with large numbers of loose gems, TracTech has developed tags specifically designed to be used on diamond papers and polybags.
Going through vaults of merchandise is a time consuming and often frustrating process. Trac tech can ease the burden of manual counting and free you from the need to individual scan untold numbers of bar codes.Whether you’re dealing with diamond papers or individual items, TracTech will be an invaluable tool that will allow you to capture major amounts of information with minimal effort.
Sales lines can spend an entire year on the road without a detailed inventory of the line. While your low-technology competitors are taking their trays and rolls apart and doing inventory, slowly, piece by piece, you can simply be placing them in a TracTech scanner and getting full information in a manner of moments.
It’s a great idea to take a look at how you’re handling your sales lines and think through the ways that integrating RFID into the process can help you speed things up. Whether you use trays, rolls or your items are in displays, it’s all the same to TracTech. We can read the tags without you ever having to pick up an item, giving you full information in a matter of minutes. Now is the time to think about your sales lines that are due back in at the start of the year. TracTech RFID can help you put your sales lines in order.
New tools such as our HR-300 hand-held scanner mean users now have a wireless, hand-held scanner that can allow them to capture information as they walk around the stores without opening display cases or directly handling products.
Getting accurate data off sales floors without interrupting salespeople during the busiest time of the year can prove an invaluable advantage, one that, once again, will put TracTech users ahead of their competitors.
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