UHF RFID systems have been beneficial to various industries with their inventory and supply chain management. However, their advantages are not limited to particular processes of stock counting or manufacturing houses. RFID’s unique trait of easy communication from a distance allows it to be a great choice when it comes to managing various moving parts in any similar system. Another new example of these use-cases includes RFID implementation into book stores and libraries.
Ona Libres’ latest store leveraging UHF RFID
Ona Libres, a Spanish bookseller, is already leveraging UHF RFID technology to create an immersive experience in their store where customers can do a lot more than just simply reading books. Having sold books for the last 50 years, Ona Libres is aware of the challenges that book stores usually face. These challenges, such as long rows of shelved books and tiring lines at the cash counter creating a disturbance. Manual efforts to limit these challenges have only helped up to a certain degree.
Considering all these in mind, Ona Libres has tried to transform their new store into a book cafe with art installations that feature a wave of books for users to access and read. On top of that, they offer a separate zone with rare books that are only accessible on-premise. This new store in Barcelona leverages RFID to help customers through automated access to book content where users are allowed to find what they want without the need for manual staffing and searching.
On top of that, RFID also makes book purchasing easier for the user with the help of a self-service checkout. Most importantly, it solves one of the significant concerns for book stores by taking care of precise book placement. This way, books are well managed where customers can easily find them at their spot. These features combined offer an enhanced customer experience by enhancing the traditional engagement at the book store.
Technical system interface of RFID in the bookstore
It is crucial in a bookstore that the ambiance or environment of exploring the books and reading information is not disturbed. As such, a subtle and small technology such as RFID can be a great fit to integrate with books. In this case, the system consisted of printed RFID printing and encoding device that allow the card to be printed on the books. As for reading those tags, the system offers a handheld inventory reader for mobility and RFID-based kiosks on counters for customer interactions and payment. Each affixed RFID tag is associated with a particular book and author. Therefore, any book can be identified anywhere around the store through the readers and can be appropriately rearranged. Plus, the store can carefully plan the front sales area with limited books while managing a back room with more quantity stock.
With such a system, these book cafes can create a brand new experience for users where they won’t have to notice RFID implementation, but they will be able to benefit from their implementation. It is truly one of the perfect implementations of RFID tags and readers.