How Inventor-e’s SmartStores stores management solution has improved Babcock stores management.

Inventor-e SmartStores Case Study at Babcock, Plymouth

Devonport Royal Naval Dockyard is the largest naval base in western Europe with 650 acres and four miles of waterfront.

Stores use to write everything down on paper, they had a database on the system but if they were busy they would sometimes forget to issue things off. This meant the system was not an accurate reflection of the stock and this would lead to restocking issues.

Since moving over to SmartStores, the whole process is much quicker, there is no need to manually record anything, the system data is always accurate and up-to-date. Babcock would confirm that they haven’t had any problems at all. The system was very quick to set up and the technology is easy to use.

  • The advantages of Inventor-e NFC Tags over barcodes:
  • Process quick and error-free, saving time and money over Barcode applications. The ability for allocation of lists of parts to users through one-touch NFC from the user and one-touch NFC from the Storeman with the scanning device through SmartStores Connect.
  • More robust and less costly to maintain after setup. Barcodes are more susceptible to become dirty or torn. NFC Inventor-e tags are made of PVC to protect the NFC label from being torn and will continue to work even if dirty.
  • NFC tags can be used again and again. NFC tags are read/write, barcodes are read-only.
  • Relatively low cost of readers and 3G real-time communication of inventory transactions. Android, Smartphones and Tablets have a low entry for hardware purchase.
  • No cost for printers and ongoing maintenance costs. Barcodes require on-site printing. NFC can be stocked and the product code written to the tag so no on-site printers are required.
  • NFC tags can identify individual items. For example, serial number. Most barcodes can only identify the product type (not uniquely).
  • SmartStores Connect is an NFC RFID reading translation device. It will read the Customer specific clock cards and convert this data into an NFC RFID reading that the scanning device can read.