Haier Internet of Clothing (IoC): From Washing Machine to Comprehensive Smart Clothing Experience
Study 1: Heilan Home RFID Full-process Application for an Optimized
Home uses the most RFID tags in China. Thinko Technology, a
microenterprise incubated by Haier IoC, has designed a RFID
Streamlined Reading System for Heilan Home. It is considered the
largest RFID application project in China’s clothing industry.
Since the start of operations of the project, Heilan Home has
implemented digital management of the clothing industry, and through
that, increased the efficiency of receiving & shipping by 200%
and cutting down the cost by 50%. The project was included as one of
the Top 10 Application Cases in the Wuxi National Internet of Things
Innovation and Demonstration Zone.
year, over 10 billion pieces of clothes are tagged with RFID, among
which 1 billion are used in China. In August 2018, Haier IoC and the
China National Garment Association jointly set up the China Internet
of Garment Ecosystem Alliance to promote the application of IoT
technologies in the clothing industry. Haier IoC assists clothing
enterprises in improving and upgrading the management system of the
factories, optimizing supply chain management and product inventory,
and increasing enterprise revenues.
Study 2: Elegant & Prosper (EP) Ecological Shopfront for Upgraded
collaborates with Haier IoC and has created shopfront ecosystem
scenarios which have increased inventory turnover by 30%, customer
traffic by 18% and revenues by 15%.
IoC provides smart store solutions to clothing enterprises and
increases product management efficiency and accuracy by precision
marketing. At La Chapelle stores, one employee can complete an
inventory check within one hour with the help of a hand-held RFID
device. The efficiency of inventory checks is increased 50-fold. When
customers pick up clothes from the Smart Shelf, the product
information will be displayed on the screen, and the time at which
the clothes leave the shelf will be recorded and analysed to produce
a try-on rate and transaction rate of each item.
Study 3: From Internet of Clothing to Internet of Shoes, From China
to the World, IoC Keeps Iterating
IoC ecosystem keeps expanding to create new ecosystems such as the
ecosystem of shoes. Haier IoC invented the world’s first smart
shoe-washing machine. The machine first detects the type of shoes and
provides different washing solutions according to the structure and
materials of shoes. To use the machine, users first take a picture of
the shoes on the APP and the brand and type will be immediately
recognized. The machine then recommends the most suitable washing
program. Currently, the Haier Smart Shoe-washing Machine supports
over 50 washing programs.
Study 4: Community Laundromat in Japan
February 2018, Community Laundry (China) and AQUA Commercial
Laundromat joined efforts in launching the world’s largest IoT
laundry platform. Currently, Community Laundry works with India’s
mobile payment giant Paytm to develop a co-sharing laundry market in
India and serve students at Indian universities. AQUA and Family work
together on the new model of community laundry.
the number of two-job families and single people continues to grow in
Japan, commercial laundromats have become the first choice for young
men and housewives. By drawing on the experience of the community
laundromat model in China, AQUA, a medium- and high-end brand in
Japan, has introduced a commercial community laundromat business.
Haier AQUA Laundry is supported by independent IoT technologies.
Users can check the availability of washing machines via computer or
mobile phone. After the laundry, users will be notified via SMS and
decide on their own pick-up time. Moreover, the platform will monitor
the data of each laundromat and publishes promotions in real-time. At
present, Haier AQUA Laundry has set up over 20,000 networked
machines, achieving a dominant market share of 75% in Japan.