The Lower Bavarian fashion house Garhammer offers plenty of space for a fashionable and attractively presented range of goods on 9,000 square metres. 200,000 articles, shirts, trousers, dresses and shoes, outfits for leisure, special occasions as well as young fashion, spread over 4 floors, were counted individually during the annual inventory. The special feature: for the first time, the inventory took place with the help of the REMIRA Instore App.
Sixty Smartphones in Use
REMIRA's retail technology had already proven itself at Garhammer for years. When the offer came to use the REMIRA Instore App as a pilot customer for the next inventory, the timing was right. IT manager Matthias Höllmüller: "Our MDE devices are getting on in years. So it was just right when we heard that there was an app from REMIRA for inventory as an alternative to the devices."
At Garhammer, the annual stocktaking is carried out on a normal working day after closing time and follows a structured procedure. The employees count their fashion items per department, which in turn are divided into individual units, such as shelves or clothing racks. These are labelled with inventory stickers and counted in advance.
Matthias Höllmüller: "We loaded the REMIRA Instore App via QR code on a total of 60 devices (mainly company mobile phones) with the Android and iOS operating systems". Only in-house employees were entrusted with the inventory. And the vast majority of them coped very well with the changeover to inventory via app. Höllmüller had previously familiarised his colleagues with the operation of the REMIRA Instore App in a training session.
"The handling of the app is simple - anyone who can basically handle an app will have no problems with it," says the IT manager.
Each label was read in with the inventory app via the camera of the respective smartphone. According to Höllmüller, the inventory took the usual three to four hours during this first use of the app. What the employees noticed positively: "If there were errors to be corrected, for example, it was easier to rework them. With the MDE devices, it was easier to delete an entire recording if there was an error in it."
More than just Stocktaking
In the future, Höllmüller would also like to try out online inventory. Then every employee would connect to the branch server with a configuration entry, for example by scanning a QR code, to which the data would be transferred directly. "With the manual transfer, we had to import the inventory results per device, i.e. 60 times, so an online inventory, where each device sends its data independently to the merchandise management system, would be a good time-saver."
In addition, the Garhammer IT manager could also imagine using other processes besides stocktaking later on. Because Garhammer, a company with a long tradition, does not have a central warehouse or branches, the app-based stock transfer function would not be in demand. But the company could imagine using the app-supported price changes and also the inventory query via smartphone or tablet in the future.
Used REMIRA-Systems at Garhammer
REMIRA merchandise management manages the supply of your areas with goods and takes over the company-wide goods control largely automatically. You can manage and track millions of articles and receive suggestions for stock transfers, price changes or reorders.
Advantages of enterprise resource planning:
- Ready for omnichannel: Connecting webshops via a universal webshop interface
- Fast: Use the electronic data exchange EDI and save additional time
- Available: Relocate to fast-moving shops with the merchandise control system
- Present: Up-to-date data is available to you in the dashboard, both stationary and mobile, including informative graphics.
Mobile checkout instead of long checkout lines: The INSTORE App is an app that works on tablets and smartphones and provides you with all the functions and information relevant for the branch at any time on the floor. This way you always have an eye on the most important thing: the customer. If the goods are not available in the desired quantity, you can use stock queries from other branches and warehouses to offer the customer alternatives with dropshipping, click & reserve and click & collect. Return in Store is also possible with the INSTORE App.
Advantages of the INSTORE App:
- Multifunctional: consulting, cashiering, navigating branch processes
- Customer-friendly: avoid queues at the POS
- Compatible: runs on iOS, Android and Windows
- Secure: DSGVO-compliant