RFID Inventory Management for Wine – Scan-at-Once & Save Your Time

June 23, 2022

Article Courtesy of SATO

Solving Time and Manpower Constraints to Accurately Manage Valuable Wine Inventory

Hotels, restaurants and food retail establishments which maintain a sizeable inventory of bottles of wine or alcohol, often face the challenge of tracking the actual inventory status efficiently in order to lower the risk of lost or mix-ups.

SATO has successfully employed specifically designed RFID wine tags for Tokyo Baycourt Club Hotel & Spa Resort. Tokyo Baycourt Club is a resort hotel in Tokyo’s Odaiba entertainment district operated by RESORTTRUST, INC. The stocktaking operations of its roughly 5,000 bottles of wine for its restaurants, bars and lounges previously required sommeliers to carefully and laboriously handle each bottle separately and enter details manually into the purchasing system. The hotel sought a faster and more accurate system to streamline operations. Press-Release

SATO RFID Inventory managementDiagram: Summary of benefits; Case Study on Time and Manpower saving achieved with RFID Tag Inventory Management for wine inventory at RESORTTRUST Group.

Tokyo Baycourt Club is a resort hotel in Tokyo’s Odaiba entertainment district operated by RESORTTRUST, INC. The stocktaking operations of its roughly 5,000 bottles of wine for its restaurants, bars and lounges previously required sommeliers to carefully and laboriously handle each bottle separately and enter details manually into the purchasing system. The hotel sought a faster and more accurate system to streamline operations.

After switching to RFID, Tokyo Baycourt Club can now scan multiple bottles with contactless operation and automatically register inventory in its purchasing system, drastically reducing time spent for stocktaking. At one restaurant in the resort, two workers previously spent eight hours apiece (16 hours total*1) before switching to RFID. After the upgrade, the operation only required one staff and two hours, for an 88% labor savings.

What are the benefits of SATO’s UHF RFID Tag for Bottle Management?

Due to interference, RFID read rates are generally problematic when attached to items containing liquids. However, the wine bottle buckle-on tags developed by SATO allow for error-free reads from as far away as 50 cm. Because the tags are not directly affixed to the bottles, there is no effect on the wine quality. The RFID tags are also paired with security labels to prevent falling off or being replaced.

View the latest specifications of the UHF RFID Passive Tag here

Features of SATO designed UHF RFID Tag for Bottle Management:

- EPC global Class1 Gen2 Compliant (ISO/IEC 18000-6)

   Compliant with EPC C1 Gen2 which is widely used as communications protocols.

    It can be easily introduced to the existing system.

- Good Re-usability & Universal Design

    It can be easily attached/detached. The long band is compatible with any type of bottle. 

- Excellent Communication Performance

    When attached to bottles / stored in cellars, it can have maximum 3m of communication

    range. (May differ depending on the environment / devices)

- Water Resistant

    RFID Inlay (Tag body) is sealed with weather resistant vinyl chloride material,

    which makes the tag water-proof.

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