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RFID Helps Commercial Laundry Keep Track of Expensive Linens

Commercial laundry and textiles rental company Fishers Services has equipped its latest "super laundry" in Glasgow with RFID readers to interrogate tags attached to the linens it provides to its customers, as well as on all bags and roll cages that it uses to ship those linens, so that the firm can view when goods are received, laundered and shipped to customers.

By using the RFID system, provided by UBI Solutions, the laundry company can not only better manage its inventory of linens to prevent losses, but also provide its customers with access to the data.

Since 1900, Fishers has provided workwear and linen laundry services across Scotland, where it is headquartered, and in the North of England. At present, the company leases its own linen products—such as sheets, duvets and towels—to restaurants and hotels that use those linens and then send them back to the nearest Fishers laundry to be washed, dried, folded and returned for reuse.

With a large volume of linens moving to and from customers, Fishers experiences a loss of some items that simply cannot be accounted for. The company, which has an annual revenue of approximately £36m ($52.7m), loses about £1m ($1.5m) worth of product each year across all of its facilities. Fishers sought a solution that would make it easier to track stock moving into and out of its laundry facilities, and to be able to identify when and where any items went missing.

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By using the RFID system, provided by UBI Solutions, the laundry company can not only better manage its inventory of linens to prevent losses, but also provide its customers with access to the data.

Since 1900, Fishers has provided workwear and linen laundry services across Scotland, where it is headquartered, and in the North of England. At present, the company leases its own linen products—such as sheets, duvets and towels—to restaurants and hotels that use those linens and then send them back to the nearest Fishers laundry to be washed, dried, folded and returned for reuse.

With a large volume of linens moving to and from customers, Fishers experiences a loss of some items that simply cannot be accounted for. The company, which has an annual revenue of approximately £36m ($52.7m), loses about £1m ($1.5m) worth of product each year across all of its facilities. Fishers sought a solution that would make it easier to track stock moving into and out of its laundry facilities, and to be able to identify when and where any items went missing.

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