The future of retail: Advantages from DENSO through RFID and mobile computers

The retail sector is facing major challenges from customers who are increasingly digitally oriented and innovative competitors. DENSO, part of the Toyota Group, provides (Auto-ID) solutions.

Düsseldorf. The German retail sector and the changes it has to face as a result of the corona pandemic – that is the focus of a recent survey carried out on behalf of Sensormatic Solutions. More than 1,000 consumers were surveyed in February 2022. Although digitalization does not stop at the retail sector, the survey showed that brick-and-mortar is still the preferred shopping format for most customers.

In general, the retail sector in Germany has generated 2.3 billion Euros and 3.6 million jobs since 2020. Around 13 percent can be attributed to online retailing. DENSO WAVE EUROPE offers innovative solutions that help master challenges in physical shops, online retailing, warehouse management, and related logistics. Information on DENSO, Auto-ID solutions, and RFID for retail is available at

RFID is ideal for the retail sector because of its speed and precision

Compared to a classic barcode, RFID technology offers decisive advantages, especially for retail. RFID tags can carry more information than barcodes, allowing inventories to be managed better and stock takes to be more precise. Employees in the retail sector can quickly and easily scan individual goods, but also entire containers or pallets with RFID and a mobile computer from DENSO, part of the Toyota Group. A direct line of sight to the RFID tags is not necessary. The SP1 RFID scanner from DENSO, for example, manages 1,000 tags per second at a reading distance of up to 13 meters – one of the best reading performances in the industry.

In order to be able to test the advantages of RFID directly, DENSO offers a three-month starter kit free of charge. The RFID DEMO Kit contains everything retailers need to get started with RFID, including an SP1 RFID scanner and a BHT-1800 handheld terminal from DENSO, preinstalled with the fully functional RFKeeper RFID software. With this software, employees in retail can, among other things, count inventory and compare it with an inventory file. They can also commission new labels, move products between different locations, and create advance shipping dates. More information on how to get the RFID DEMO kit from DENSO:

Hand in hand: online retail and brick-and-mortar shops

The RFID Inventory Management from DENSO and its partner RFKeeper helps retail companies optimize and digitize their processes, since this digital solution brings the benefits of online retailing to physical stores. DENSO and RFKeeper“s RFID Inventory Management improves inventory and sales efficiency with nearly 100 percent accurate shipping confirmations, inventory counts, search capabilities, and replenishment reports. Thus, the customer experience is significantly improved.

And not only inventory management can be optimized with RFID, but also the payment process at the POS. With the UR21 from DENSO, for example, long queues in brick-and-mortar shops are a thing of the past. The RFID scanner reads all of a customer’s goods at once – waiting times are hence significantly reduced.

In order for online retailing and brick-and-mortar to work hand in hand, employees must be able to use mobile data collection devices with the ideal technology quickly and easily. DENSO“s mobile computers, scanners, and handheld terminals are particularly user-friendly and robust. A long period of training is not necessary. The SP1 RFID scanner, for instance, can even be combined with the existing equipment. Therefore, employees can profit from the advantages of RFID without having to get familiar with complicated new technology.

Without a doubt, the corona pandemic has accelerated the development of trends in brick-and-mortar retail, and retailers must continue to adapt in order to survive in the market. This is not only evident in retail in Germany, but also in other countries such as Great Britain or Italy. Omni- or multi-channel concepts must be further developed and adapted to customer requirements. But with all the developments, one thing is clear: With DENSO WAVE EUROPE, Auto-ID solutions, RFID, and mobile computers, smart retailers can also master the challenges of the future. Further information is available at

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DENSO WAVE is a global provider for high quality Auto-ID solutions helping businesses in retail, logistics and healthcare to improve their stock management, have full data transparency and accelerate processes along the supply chain.

As the inventor of the QR Code® – a technology that has revolutionized the way data is stored and accessed – DENSO strives for nothing less than perfection. DENSO WAVE hardware and software solutions are therefore tested extensively before being available at the market. This way the company ensures that users in retail, logistics and healthcare can fully focus on their tasks without having to worry about the technologies“ functioning.

DENSO WAVE solutions range from premium RFID readers and software, handheld terminals / mobile computers and barcode scanners to complex and cloud based IoT Data Management Systems.

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