Odawa Casino Resort Installs InvoTech GIMS™ RFID Uniform Tracking System

  • InvoTech Systems, Inc.
  • 02.08.12
InvoTech Systems, Inc.announced the Odawa Casino Resort (OCR) upgraded its GIMS™ Uniform System inventory software with UHF-RFID technology to automate the inventory tracking and control of thousands of valuable uniforms worn by team members at the property.

GIMS™ was initially installed at OCR in 2007 with barcode labels attached to the uniforms which were manually scanned for real-time tracking of inventory.  Uniforms now have UHF-RFID tags attached that automate the inventory process.

The Odawa Casino Resort, owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, realizes the cost saving benefits provided by GIMS™ with less labor required. GIMS™ interfaces with the White Conveyors U-Pick-It System to provide 24-hour automated uniform distribution to approximately 600 Team Members.

“Odawa Casino Resort values the uniform product that we provide to our Team Members,” said Melissa Richards, Director of Human Resources for OCR. “Since our Wardrobe Department does not generate revenue and uniforms are often lost traveling to and from the laundry, tight inventory control is essential. The new InvoTech system is one of the tools that support our hard working Team Members who proudly represent our Enterprise.”

According to Richards, cost savings are important for many reasons, including the resort’s commitment to contribute to the growth and development of services to both the tribal community and the surrounding Northern Michigan communities.

Richards noted that her department’s loss control initiatives are a model for other property business units.  InvoTech installed UHF-RFID readers near doors where uniform carts travel to and from the laundry trucks for hands-free accounting. InvoTech also placed readers over the doors of the property’s automated White Conveyors U-Pick-It System that delivers uniforms to employees. The system tracks when Team Members take delivery of their garments to maintain an accurate inventory of all uniforms.  

InvoTech Vice President Jeff Welles said, “InvoTech upgraded GIMS™ with UHF-RFID and developed efficient and effective processes that protect the casino’s uniform investment. The biggest benefit of the UHF-RFID upgrade is that it eliminates daily manual tasks and reduces the labor required to operate GIMS™ and realize its cost saving benefits. The UHF-RFID technology provides the ability to read entire carts of soiled uniforms and racks of clean uniforms at one time – automatically.” 

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