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Industry Updates


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Oct. 22, 2014
Shopping Labels Get Smart
Here are four tech advances that go beyond the bar code.
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Oct. 22, 2014
Emergence of RFID Technology Will Lead to Drastic Growth of Global ePedigree Software Market By 2018
TechNavio, a global tech-focused research firm, has announced the publication of its market research report on the global e-pedigree software market for 2014 to 2018.
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Oct. 21, 2014
Retail's New Battleground: The 'I Want What I Want When I Want It' Generation
Retailers who don't accommodate consumers' elevated expectations will find themselves uninvited to the purchase party in short order.
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Oct. 20, 2014
RFID's Value In Omni-Channel Inventory Management
Inventory visibility that can drill down to the store, shelf, and item levels is one of the secret weapons of omni-channel retailing. Fast, accurate inventory management is critical not only to meeting customer expectations, but to boosting profitability, by ensuring in-stock levels remain high and by optimizing products' placement within the store.
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Oct. 18, 2014
New e-Book: RFID in Retail 2014
This report collects several RFID 24-7 blog posts in an easy-to-read format, and is intended to serve as an educational tool for those interested in RFID trends in retail.
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Oct. 17, 2014
Checkpoint Systems Enhances RFID Capabilities
The supplier of merchandise availability products for the retail industry has announced that its Check-Net print shops have implemented significant new printing capabilities that allow them to quickly print, encode and test RFID labels for apparel retailers and manufacturers employing its source-tagging capabilities.
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Oct. 16, 2014
AITEX Is Developing Intelligent Autonomous Clothing With Farsens Chips
The Spanish non-profit association is working on a new family of intelligent clothes that will feature embedded autonomous sensors. The association is researching flexible antennas built into textiles that will harvest energy to power up devices embedded in clothes.
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Oct. 15, 2014
Do You Know Everything About Your Inventory?
As the boundaries of both online and offline shopping are being stretched, retailers today are focused on multiple channels and how to manage inventory, as well as customer expectations across those channels.
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Oct. 14, 2014
Perks, Practices, Privacy—Are Privacy Concerns Outdated?
A customer attitude report recently summarized that a majority of people are willing to trade off personal data for perks. If that is the case, are privacy concerns a thing of the past?
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Oct. 10, 2014
Chico's Finds RFID a Good Fit at 13 of Its Soma Intimates Stores
The technology enables the stores to track merchandise as it arrives and leaves, providing visibility into inventory levels and ensuring that customers can always find the sizes and styles they need.
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Oct. 10, 2014
American Apparel Relies on RFID to Foil Internal Theft
Although loss prevention is viewed as a secondary benefit for retailers deploying RFID, it is a use case that is growing in popularity. Perhaps no retailer has been as successful at using RFID to curtail theft as American Apparel.
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Oct. 8, 2014
Chico's Soma Stores Gain Inventory Insight With Tyco RFID
With a focus on innovation in the store and evolving its omni-channel retailing strategy, Chico's partnered with Tyco to address inventory accuracy and visibility challenges at 13 Soma Intimates pilot stores.
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Oct. 7, 2014
Straight Talk About RFID
RFID continues to proliferate the world of fashion, with an uptick in use at both ends of the price spectrum. Apparel Magazine's 8th RFID Report identifies the year's most pertinent developments and shines the spotlight on industry leaders.
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Oct. 7, 2014
Industry Webinar: RFID Solutions to Shape Retail Stores of the Future
Interest in RFID-based solutions is on the rise. Retailers have seen an increase in omni-channel shopping, and recognize the need for RFID-enabled solutions to help them meet the high expectations of today's cross-channel shoppers. In this webinar, Frost & Sullivan will present findings from extensive analysis on RFID technologies and retail industry trends. In addition, Tyco Retail Solutions will explore how RFID technology can be utilized to meet growing retail market needs.
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Oct. 6, 2014
Retail RFID: Improving the Customer Experience Means Increasing Demand for Source-Tagging By Suppliers
As retailers expand the implementation of item-level RFID, how do suppliers meet the requirements placed on them for source-tagging?
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Oct. 5, 2014
Avery Dennison RFIS Opens Apparel Design & Innovation Center
The 15,000-foot, state-of-art facility will offer a collaborative experience for apparel brands, with access to deep consumer insights and the latest trend information.
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Oct. 4, 2014
Norwegian Apparel Company in Good Mood Over RFID
Moods of Norway boosted sales of men's shirts and suits by double digits during a six-month pilot at two stores using an RFID solution from Nedap, by ensuring inventory is accurate; the company has now rolled out the technology at 13 of its locations.
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Oct. 3, 2014
Macy's Relentless Omni-channel Machine
The company has become one of the most active large omni-channel retailers, according to Fortune, with the chain now getting about 10 percent of its sales from online orders.
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Oct. 3, 2014
RFID Solutions to Shape Retail Stores of the Future
In a webinar to be held on Oct. 15, Frost & Sullivan will provide a holistic view of the total RFID market, with specific trends pertaining to global region, product and pricing.
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Oct. 2, 2014
Checkpoint Systems Brings Bulk-Encoding Solution to Inditex's Zara DCs
Checkpoint has announced that it has been selected by apparel retailer Inditex Group to provide high-speed RFID bulk-encoding for the retailer's Zara distribution centers.
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Sept. 30, 2014
Moods of Norway Deploys RFID Across All Retail Locations
After a successful pilot at two stores, the retailer is deploying RFID to an additional 14 brand stores. The fast-growing Scandinavian fashion chain improved in-store stock accuracy to more than 98 percent during the four-week trial.
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Sept. 29, 2014
The World Is Different
Efficiencies once unimaginable are now being achieved by companies using radio frequency identification technology.
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Sept. 26, 2014
Retail RFID: Improving the Customer Experience Means Increasing Demand for Source Tagging By Suppliers
As retailers expand the implementation of item-level RFID, how do suppliers meet the requirements placed on them for source tagging?
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Sept. 24, 2014
Checkpoint Will Lead Inditex Group's RFID Rollout to DCs
The fashion retailer is extending its use of RFID to its distribution centers, and has chosen Checkpoint to deploy RFID into its DC network.
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Sept. 22, 2014
Next Up: A Passive UHF Reader in Your Phone
Apple's embrace of NFC means all new phones will have an RFID reader—but they also need to be able to read Electronic Product Codes.
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Sept. 21, 2014
RFID and Fashion: The Story So Far
It's been at least ten years since RFID tags were first touted as the next big thing in supply chain operations, while initial development of the technology itself took place in the 1970s. So why has RFID started to pick up momentum in the fashion industry this year?
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Sept. 18, 2014
Same-Day Delivery Leads Macy's Omnichannel Strategy
The company has outlined its latest advancements in omnichannel strategy and technology, as it continues to add new dimensions for attracting shoppers and serving the needs of individual customers.
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Sept. 17, 2014
Zara Builds Its Business Around RFID
Inditex SA is rolling out RFID technology throughout the operations of its signature brand.
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Sept. 16, 2014
Macy's Expands RFID and Beacon Deployments
The retailer has begun tagging fashion garments at its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores, to help make sure the merchandise is on the sales floor and to reduce the need for markdowns.
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Sept. 15, 2014
Macy’s Inc. Outlines New Developments in Omnichannel Strategy and Technology
Macy's and Bloomingdale's will help launch Apple Pay; same-day delivery to be piloted in fall 2014; new POS technology and customer service enhancements in testing; new apps, Web functionality and mobile wallet launched; RFID being expanded to fashion categories.
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Sept. 12, 2014
RFID Journal: Ask the Experts
Does Walmart use RFID?
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Sept. 10, 2014
Sandro Ferrone to Expand RFID Deployment
Already using Tageos passive UHF RFID tags to track its merchandise at its factory and primary distribution center, the Italian clothing company is preparing to deploy the technology at a second DC and its stores.
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Sept. 9, 2014
BT Trace Brings RFID Retail Solutions Customized to User
The British company's customers include a global luxury retailer that is using the technology to ensure stores in North America and elsewhere are properly stocked with inventory.
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Sept. 5, 2014
TSL Bluetooth RFID Reader Now Deployable With Tyco Retail Solutions' Inventory Visibility
The combined solution enables employees equipped with mobile technology and functional capabilities to improve efficiency and inventory accuracy for increased store performance.
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Sept. 2, 2014
Survey: Use of Item-Level RFID Growing, But Slowly
Although the technology can help retailers improve customer service, data accuracy and inventory management, barriers to adoption remain.
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Sept. 1, 2014
Tagging Along—Is Adidas Tracking Soccer Fans?
The sportswear maker has equipped its bestselling German national team soccer jersey with RFID tags.
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Aug. 30, 2014
TexTrace Reduces Sample Shrinkage From 60 Percent to Under 10 Percent at Luxury House
The company recently received certification by the European EPC Competence Center for the applied tag performance of its TexTrace Woven RFID Brand Label.
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Aug. 29, 2014
RFID Scores in the Retail Space
Zebra Technologies recently worked with a French global retailer of sporting goods to create a solution that would enable quick inventory and real-time stock updates, increase employee productivity, reduce errors that occur with manual inventory counts and enable consumer fulfilment across the omni-channel.
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Aug. 28, 2014
Ask the Experts: Is RFID in Retail Outdated Due to the Cost?
RFID represents the future of retail.
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Aug. 27, 2014
Building on Retail's RFID Foundation
Companies that have deployed RFID to improve inventory accuracy can now use the technology to gain a competitive advantage.
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Aug. 27, 2014
Retailers Use RFID to Woo Shoppers
It's not easy to engage customers, in stores or online, but a number of innovative applications may do the trick.
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Aug. 26, 2014
Developing Industry Standards
Companies in aerospace, oil and gas, and retail apparel are working to create a common way of using RFID to maximize the technology's potential benefits.
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Aug. 26, 2014
Re-Evaluating Supply-Chain Relationships
When customers help suppliers deploy RFID, everyone benefits.
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Aug. 25, 2014
Tyco TrueVUE Version 5.1 Expected to Drive Retail RFID Adoption
Today Tyco Retail Solutions has unveiled the latest release of its TrueVUE software product with an eye on accelerating large-scale retail deployments. V5.1 facilitates centralized setup and control of inventory management to drive accuracy, visibility and operational efficiencies.
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Aug. 24, 2014
RFID Clothing Tag Makes It Possible to Identify and Track Apparel
Daily RFID has issued an RFID clothing tag designed to improve inventory management.
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Aug. 22, 2014
Apparel Wholesaler Gets Retail Customers In and Out With Their Purchases Quicker With RFID Technology
Brazilian children's clothing wholesaler Brascol is tagging the merchandise that retailers buy at its wholesale outlet, and has installed an RFID-enabled checkout system to enable faster purchases by those customers.
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Aug. 20, 2014
British Clothing Retailer Sees RFID as 'Enriching Experience'
Giulio is using privacy-protecting RFID technology from Friendly Technologies to determine which garments shoppers are interested in, and to prompt a touchscreen to display information about those products.
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Aug. 19, 2014
Who Carries the Cost of RFID Adoption in Retail Item-level RFID Projects?
When calculating ROI for RFID investments, companies need to look at when different costs will occur and how to pay them back.
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Aug. 17, 2014
When Not to Publish
Sometimes, it's better to hold a story and get it right than to rush it into print.
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Aug. 13, 2014
Brazilian Clothing Wholesaler Invests in RFID
One of the country’s largest distributors of baby and children’s apparel, Brascol has cut the average time it takes its customers to check out their purchases by 65 percent.
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Aug. 12, 2014
RFID: Zara and the Smartest Togs in Town
The deployment of RFID tagging is just the latest step to streamlining the inventory-management process in retail.
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Aug. 7, 2014
Marks & Spencer, Wilko and Other Retailers to Present Case Studies at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2014
The event, to be held on Oct. 23, in London, England, will feature a Retail Track highlighting successful RFID deployments in this sector.
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Aug. 6, 2014
The Forrester Wave: Omni-Channel Order Management, Q3 2014
This Forrester report evaluated nine vendors in the omni-channel order-management category, reviewing current offering, strategy and market presence. Manhattan Associates scored the highest of all vendors evaluated in the current offering category, and stood out in many evaluation categories, including enterprise inventory, customer service, store fulfillment and product roadmap/future enhancements.
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Aug. 1, 2014
Hudson's Bay and Lord & Taylor Stores Roll Out Swirl's Beacons
Swirl Networks has announced that the HBC Department Store Group is deploying its Bluetooth beacon in-store marketing platform to help deliver digital experiences to consumers' smartphones while they shop at the company's department stores in Canada and the United States.
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July 30, 2014
TexTrace Reduces Sample Shrinkage From 60 Percent to Under 10 Percent at Luxury House
The company's Woven RFID Brand Label is targeted for apparel use cases, such as inventory-tracking via an RFID handheld device.
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July 29, 2014
RFID and AIDC News: Study Says RFID Market to Soar, Led By Retail Apparel
Retail applications for RFID are set to lead an explosion in the overall RFID market size, with general consumer goods adoption also rising sharply, as growth in general manufacturing will remain modest.
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July 28, 2014
A Monumental Shift at LIVE! 2014
Retailers are no longer asking, "Should I?" They now ask, "How?"
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July 27, 2014
Inside the RFID Journal Database
Data regarding who is subscribing shows that RFID adoption is picking up in aerospace, retail and energy—and that venture capitalists are becoming interested in the technology once more.
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July 25, 2014
Behind the Scenes of the Zara RFID Rollout
This week's announcement that the prestigious fashion retailer is in the midst of a chainwide rollout to nearly 2,000 stores is major news for several reasons.
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July 23, 2014
Tyco Wins Chain-wide Contract From Inditex
By the end of 2016, Tyco's EAS-RFID hard tags and RFID tag detachers will be deployed at all of the retailer's approximately 2,000 Zara stores.
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July 21, 2014
The Meaning of a Retail CEO's Comments on RFID
When Pablo Isla, the chairman and CEO of retail holding company Inditex, spoke about RFID at his company's annual general meeting, it signaled a shift in attitude toward the technology.
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July 20, 2014
Aki Choklat Brings Authentication and Personalization to Luxury Bags
The shoes and accessories designer is selling handbags with a built-in NFC RFID tag that enables users not only to authenticate their bags, but also to create a travel diary—and track down a bag if it is ever stolen.
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July 19, 2014
Zara to Use RFID Tags to Let You Know if Your Size Is in Stock
The Spanish clothing company Inditex has announced its intention to tag every item of clothing sold in its Zara stores using RFID technology.
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July 18, 2014
RFID in Retail: Midyear Report
Several developments in the retail sector point to accelerated adoption of RFID technology over the last two quarters of 2014 and into next year.
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July 17, 2014
Inditex CEO Announces RFID Expansion Plans
Already using RFID at 700 of its Zara stores, the company expects to have the technology installed at all of its nearly 2,000 Zara locations worldwide by 2016.
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July 11, 2014
Uplift in Apparel Inventory Visibility With RFID
One key growth area is with major U.S. and European retailers, including Walmart, Macy's, Marks & Spencer and C&A, which have announced plans to expand their usage of RFID in apparel, in order to have accurate inventory and enable their omni-channel strategies to serve both online and offline customers.
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July 8, 2014
RFID Technology Market Set for Huge Growth
IDTechEx forecasts that the market size will grow to $30.24 billion in 2024, on the back of RFID applications in retail and apparel tagging.
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July 7, 2014
RFID Smart Shelves Deliver Valuable Data on Retail Shoppers
Convergence Systems Limited, a global provider of passive RFID products and active RTLS equipment, has announced that a retail application of its RFID hardware has reduced inventory time and increased sales for ISA Boutique, a Hong Kong chain of boutique brand-name stores.
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July 6, 2014
The Emerging Marketplace for RFID Data Analytics, or Finding a Needle in a Haystack
Solution vendors should plan for changes in the economics of reselling hardware. Those who find ways to incorporate data analysis into their offerings will enjoy higher margins and a competitive advantage.
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July 3, 2014
Rapid Growth in Retail Apparel RFID Market
In retail, radio frequency identification is seeing rapid growth for apparel tagging; that application alone demands 2.25 billion RFID labels annually.
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June 30, 2014
European Retailer Patrizia Pepe Gains From Tagging All 2.2m Products
The European fashion retailer began an RFID pilot with 60,000 items in 2009, and now is in full production, tagging all 2.2 million apparel items it produces.
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June 29, 2014
Small Stores in Norway See Payback From RFID
The retailers are using a low-cost solution from Front Systems, consisting of passive UHF RFID labels, as well inventory-management software, readers and printer-encoders.
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June 25, 2014
Shrink Visibility: The Forensics of Integrating Item-Level RFID and Loss Prevention
The integration of item-level RFID information and loss prevention data creates a real-time understanding of what, when and how specific items end up missing.
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June 23, 2014
Checkpoint Systems Launches New Global RFID Label for Item-Level Apparel Tagging
The company has announced a new international RFID label for the item-level tagging of clothes in the United States and Europe.
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June 20, 2014
How Does RFID Assist With Inventory Tracking?
Apparel items are particularly RF-friendly, so it is very easy to utilize RFID to track and manage inventory.
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June 18, 2014
A Monumental Shift at LIVE! 2014
Retailers are no longer asking, "Should I?" They now ask, "How?"
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June 18, 2014
Marks & Spencer Embraces Change
Based on the benefits achieved from RFID-tracking all apparel—and recognizing the importance of omnichannel shopping—the U.K. retailer plans to tag all general merchandise in stores.
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June 17, 2014
Swedish Men's Shirts Provide Off-the-Cuff Info
Four Levent has begun manufacturing and marketing men's dress shirts with sewn-in NFC RFID tags, enabling users to write data such as business card information that others can retrieve via a smartphone.
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June 16, 2014
The Next 50 Years: The Evolution of Source Tagging and RFID
Electronic article surveillance hard tags have undergone an evolution from cumbersome "dumb" tags to a multipurpose application.
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June 14, 2014
Tyco Retail Solutions' New Footwear Tag Transcends Traditional Product Protection
The company has announced its Sensormatic Acousto-Magnetic hard tag for high-heel footwear, which helps retailers worldwide go beyond traditional product protection to secure and merchandise their shoe inventory for maximum customer impact.
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June 12, 2014
Three in Four Retailers Plan to Identify Customers In-store
According to a new survey, 75 percent of retailers can or intend to identify customers when they walk into a store, including 3 percent that already do so and 72 percent that plan to do so within the next five years.
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June 11, 2014
Microsoft’s Smart Fitting Room Is Like a Robo-Shop Clerk
What does a smarter, more connected clothing store look like? A lot like the clothing stores of today.
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June 9, 2014
Using RFID to Manage RTIs in the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods Industry
RTIs are easily lost due to misplacement. RFID has proven to have a positive effect on inventory visibility. This blog provides an example of how RFID can be cost-effectively applied to retailer RTI pools.
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June 5, 2014
Jewelry Retailer Will Use RFID to Drive Consumer Engagement
When it comes to item level tagging in retail, cosmetics and jewelry are hot on the heels of apparel items. The maturation of RFID technology, resulting in smaller and less expensive tags, is driving tagging in both sectors.
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June 3, 2014
Ritani Creates RFID Solution to Engage Shoppers, Increase Sales
The jewelry company is preparing pilots of a system that automatically displays information about items removed from a showcase, and enables consumers to share that data with others via the Internet.
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June 2, 2014
Putting a Lot of Store in RFID
A race is on, and itis hardly visible to the naked eye. It’s the one that is prompting fashion retailers to jump onboard with a technology that has earned its fair share of criticism.
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May 29, 2014
Tyco Retail Solutions Named to Supply & Demand Chain Executive 100 for Second Consecutive Year
One of the world's largest fashion retailers relies on Tyco's RFID-enabled inventory-visibility solutions to gain greater item-level visibility throughout the supply chain.
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May 28, 2014
Russia Brings in High Tech RFID Chips to Fight Illegal Fur Imports
Bringing a high-tech touch to a thousand-year-old industry, the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan has proposed the attachment of radio frequency identification tags to all fur imports.
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May 27, 2014
What Is the Internet of Things?
No one seems to agree on a definition, but everyone agrees that linking physical objects to the Internet is an important and ongoing trend.
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May 26, 2014
Ask the Experts: How Can We Tag Lingerie?
I am seeking an active RFID tag that we can sew into women's clothing. Is there a tag you would recommend for this application?
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May 24, 2014
Smartrac Talks About What's New For 2014
At LIVE! 2014, RFIDInsider spoke with Kelly Snead, Smartrac Technologies' sales manager, who discussed the company's new retail apparel tag and other new offerings.
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May 22, 2014
Auburn's Dr. Hardgrave Discusses Omni-Channel Retailing and RFID
At RFID Journal LIVE! 2014, RFIDInsider interviewed leaders, systems manufacturers and solutions providers in the RFID industry, including Hardgrave, an RFID expert and the dean at Auburn University's Harbert College of Business.
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May 21, 2014
Retailers Chase New Use Cases for RFID
Retailers are still embracing RFID for the improved inventory accuracy that the technology provides, but many first adopters are beginning to look beyond inventory use cases.
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May 19, 2014
New Survey Suggests Retailers Really Need RFID
Retail companies in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States are failing to meet shoppers' omnichannel expectations.
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May 16, 2014
Catalyst Unveils Latest Evolution of Retail Technology
The company's CatLook suite, utilizing RFID, is designed to make the in-store experience more engaging and enjoyable for customers, and more cost-effective and profitable for retailers.
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May 15, 2014
RFID Shopping-cart Level Checkout Is Possible With Technology Available Today
Both the technology and methodology now exist for making cost-effective tags that have enough range to be read as a cart passes through a reader bay.
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May 13, 2014
Survey: Use of Item-level RFID Growing, But Slowly
Although the technology can help retailers improve customer service, data accuracy and inventory management, barriers to adoption remain, according to DC Velocity.
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May 12, 2014
Registration Now Open for RFID Journal's 10th Annual European Event
RFID Journal LIVE! Europe will be held on Oct. 23 in London, and will focus on the benefits of employing RFID to improve business operations across Europe.
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May 11, 2014
RFID Continues to Move Toward Mass Adoption
A post-event survey of end users who attended RFID Journal LIVE! 2014 reveals the RFID market is maturing and the technology is moving toward critical mass.
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May 8, 2014
New RFID Lab Will Focus on the Store of the Future
Use cases like loss prevention, consumer engagement and multichannel store checkout options will be a major focus of the new RFID Lab when the facility moves from the University of Arkansas to Auburn University next month.
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May 8, 2014
Operational Excellence By RFID
RFID can be used to streamline processes and achieve operational excellence, and can aid retailers in achieving major goals, such as creating transparency, fulfilling customer needs and increasing sales.
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May 5, 2014
The Benefits of Adding Item-Level RFID
Manufacturers, warehouses and distribution centers have moved from tracking pallets with RFID to employing item-level tags that can pass inventory data from packaging to store shelves.
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May 2, 2014
Avery Dennison Looks Beyond Apparel
The company's seven new passive EPC Gen 2 tags are designed to expand the use of item-level RFID to other products, such as cosmetics, jewelry and shoes.
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May 1, 2014
Arkansas RFID Research Center Moving to Auburn University
The center, while continuing its research relationship with the University of Arkansas, will expand into NFC, active RFID and other wireless technologies for apparel retail and other applications, and will benefit from partnerships with Auburn's research hubs.
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Apr. 30, 2014
Laxcen Debuts EPC Gen Passive Tags in the U.S.
The Hong Kong company's C50 and C70 models, designed for apparel and health-care applications, recently passed all Arkansas Radio Compliance testing categories.
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Apr. 28, 2014
Impinj Design Lab Will Demonstrate the Future of Retail
The company purchased an 11,000-square-foot facility last year to serve as a testing ground for cutting-edge RFID technologies that are dramatically changing retail strategies.
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Apr. 25, 2014
Apparel Retailers Finally Get RFID
Omnichannel has created a sense of urgency and is spurring adoption.
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Apr. 25, 2014
An RFID Partnership Overshadows a Major Acquisition
A complete solution could propel the retail sector toward mass adoption.
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Apr. 25, 2014
Designer Has RFID Up Her Sleeve
The Make Fashion event in Canada featured an RFID-enabled jacket with LEDs that lit up when the wearer neared tagged individuals.
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Apr. 25, 2014
The Big Picture
Retailers and other companies large and small must take a strategic approach to deploying RFID enterprisewide, so he technology can solve their current problems and sup­port their long-term goals.
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Apr. 24, 2014
Fortune Highlights the Value of RFID to Brick-and-Mortar Retailers
An article on Fortune's website says RFID is the "barcode on steroids" that might just be a savior for Macy's and other retailers.
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Apr. 23, 2014
Can RFID Save Brick-and-Mortar Retailers After All?
It's been more than a decade since Walmart shook the retail world with a bold plan to plaster its supply chain with RFID. It bombed—but rising from the ashes is a "bar code on steroids" that might just be a savior for Macy's and other retailers.
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Apr. 22, 2014
Avery Dennison RFID Tracking Processes Reduce Complexity and Risk for U.S. Apparel Retailers and Brands
The provider of RFID-based inventory-management solutions for apparel has announced further details of its ability to meet the requirements of its licensing agreement with Round Rock Research, LLC, for RFID tags, labels and readers.
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Apr. 21, 2014
Iconeme Launches Bluetooth Beacon Solution for Mannequins
The VMBeacon system includes beacons and a smartphone app that enables shoppers to learn more about a garment on display in a store or window, and to purchase that product online—even if the store is closed.
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Apr. 21, 2014
The Physical Web Shop
RFID is bridging the gap between online tools and bricks-and-mortar retailing.
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Apr. 17, 2014
Research Report: Apparel RFID 2014-2023
According to new IDTechEx analysis, the systems and tag business concerned with apparel RFID will grow at double the rate of the overall RFID market throughout the next decade.
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Apr. 16, 2014
Real Momentum
An increase in end users attending RFID Journal LIVE! is further evidence that RFID adoption is picking up. More retailers attended this year than during previous events.
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Apr. 15, 2014
Zebra Buys Motorola Solutions' Enterprise Business
With the purchase of a major supplier of fixed and handheld RFID readers, Zebra will now be one of the world's largest providers of RFID hardware, including printers, encoders and readers, as well as software.
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Apr. 14, 2014
Mojix Debuts OmniSenseRF Retail Inventory System
Leveraging the company's experience with passive UHF RTLS design and development, OmniSenseRF features a continuous inventory count engine and an item-location engine, enabling value-driven retailers to achieve higher levels of inventory and physical location accuracy of tagged goods.
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Apr. 14, 2014
Airbus and Marks & Spencer Update RFID Initiatives
If one thing stood out at this year's RFID LIVE! event, it is the fact that RFID is becoming an embedded technology that is standard protocol in many business operations.
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Apr. 11, 2014
RFID Journal Announces Winners of Its Eighth Annual Awards
Retailer Marks & Spencer was among this year's honorees.
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Apr. 11, 2014
Avery Dennison Partner Marks & Spencer Awarded Best RFID Implementation
At RFID Journal LIVE! 2014, Marks & Spencer won the Best RFID Implementation Award for its use of item-level RFID to improve on-shelf availability at all of its stores.
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Apr. 10, 2014
Impinj Introduces Monza R6 Tag Chip to Drive Retail Applications
The new chip is designed to drive high-volume applications in retail stores and supply chains.
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Apr. 10, 2014
Strike the Perfect Balance of Stock at Retail With RFID
Most retailers think they have a much better handle on stock levels than they actually do. Despite a widespread belief in 90 percent-plus store inventory accuracy, RFID Journal pegs overall accuracy at 65 percent. The large disparity between what's on the screen and what's really on shelves translates into huge losses in potential sales and forces a massive amount of discounting.
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Apr. 9, 2014
Technology Companies Create RAIN to Promote EPC UHF RFID Adoption
Founded by Impinj, Smartrac, Intel and Google, the organization will be operated under the umbrella of AIM and hopes to attract hundreds of members.
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Apr. 8, 2014
Checkpoint Systems Unveils New RFID Label for Apparel
The supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry has announced its new Zephyr 2 RFID label, which is certified by the University of Arkansas' ARC Center for item-level tagging of all apparel categories in the United States and Europe.
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Apr. 8, 2014
Avery Dennison RBIS Expands Line of RFID-Enabled Solutions for Retailers
The firm has announced a newly expanded RFID portfolio that brings dramatically improved inventory accuracy and visibility to retail categories, including jewelry, cosmetics, health care, housewares and footwear. In addition, RBIS is introducing new inlays for apparel.
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Apr. 7, 2014
Madison PR Adds RFID to India Fashion Week With Social-Media Hashtag
The #WillsFashionTag campaign integrates digital and social-media platforms with fashion updates in real time.
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Apr. 4, 2014
Beaconic's Beacon Technology Gets Apple's iBeacon Mark
The Dutch manufacturer of beacon technology for retailers has announced that its Bluetooth beacon is officially an iBeacon Licensed product.
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Apr. 3, 2014
New Impinj Chip Promises Higher Sensitivity, Read Range and Flexibility
The Monza R6 can retune itself according to its environment and test the integrity of the EPC and TID numbers encoded to it, and features two copper pads to make antenna attachment easier and cheaper.
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Apr. 3, 2014
RFID Technology's Use in Retail to Be Highlighted at LIVE! 2014
RFID Journal's 12th annual conference and exhibition will feature presentations from industry leaders Alex and Ani, Hudson's Bay Co., Macy's, Marks & Spencer, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
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Apr. 1, 2014
Analysis of the Global RFID and Bar-Code Printers Market
Retail and health care are the key growth engines.
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Mar. 31, 2014
How to Choose a Passive UHF Handheld Reader
Ergonomics, read range and battery life lead the list of issues that must be considered when selecting the proper reader for your deployment, whether it will be used for field mobility or by a knowledge worker engaged in a point-of-sale retail environment.
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Mar. 30, 2014
The Renaissance of RFID Among Retailers: A ChainLink Research Study
New life has been breathed into RFID, and retailers capitalizing on this opportunity are winning the hearts (and wallets) of customers around the globe.
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Mar. 27, 2014
RFID Market to Grow 17% in One Year—to $9.2 Billion in 2014
New research conducted by IDTechEx has found that the RFID market—including tags, readers, software and services, for passive and active RFID—will grow from $7.88 billion in 2013 to $9.2 billion in 2014. Most growth is due to active RFID and RTLS solutions, followed by interrogators and tags, in terms of total money spent.
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Mar. 25, 2014
Bon-Ton Rolls Out RFID for Extended Inventory
The retailer will utilize RFID technology in its stores, beginning with the shoe department, to confirm that all shoe styles are on display. The technology was tested last fall with dramatic results, and there are plans for it to be expanded to other merchandise areas as well.
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Mar. 21, 2014
NeWave Sensor Solutions Launches New Wireless Smart Shelf
The company's Smart Shelf RFID technology is a tagless solution that provides retailers with instant notification of merchandise theft at their shelves, as well as low-stock or out-of-stock conditions.
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Mar. 21, 2014
New Product Introduction: ACC's ANDY-500 Android 4.1 OS UHF Handheld Reader
A.C.C. Systems Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of wireless portable handheld data-collection devices in compliance with EPCglobal and U.S. Department of Defense requirements, has announced that its ANDY-500 reader is now shipping.
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Mar. 21, 2014
The Compelling Case for RFID
RFID is quickly becoming one of the retail industry’s hottest buzzwords, driven by several key applications: improving inventory accuracy and planning, preventing shrinkage, facilitating omnichannel fulfillment and enabling real-time customer-product interaction in stores. When it comes to RFID, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Mar. 20, 2014
2014 Top Technology Trends in the Apparel Market
As the apparel industry sets its sights on the introduction of new products and categories as its leading growth driver, the result is higher levels of investments in product portfolio management, supply chain planning and more, all designed to increase flexibility and the ability to respond profitably to the market opportunities at retail.
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Mar. 20, 2014
All-Tag to Display RFID-EAS Labels and Recirculation Program at RILA Conference 2014
The company will showcase its line of security tags and people-counting systems at RILAs Retail Asset Protection Conference, to be held in Indianapolis on Apr. 6-9.
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Mar. 19, 2014
E-Thread Provides Discrete Anti-Counterfeiting or Tracking Solutions
French startup Primo1D says that companies are testing its UHF RFID-enabled thread by incorporating it into the towels and other linens they manage and launder.
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Mar. 17, 2014
Tageos to Offer Vivid Apparel-Tagging Labels at RFID Journal LIVE! 2014
The company will exhibit its new labels at the event—taking place in Orlando, Fla., on Apr. 8-10—in booth 612.
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Mar. 14, 2014
7 Unexpected and Awesome Uses of RFID Tags
Does RFID technology have a place in your business? Regardless of what your firm does, it's a question that might be harder to answer "no" to than you might expect—especially after you've checked out the innovative ways it's being employed currently.
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Mar. 14, 2014
RFID Market Exceeds $9 Billion in 2014—Retail Drives Strong Growth
The total market for RFID goods and services will climb this year, and will approach $20 billion by 2018, according to new data produced by market research firm IDTechEx. Those figures include all frequency tags, readers, software and services.
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Mar. 13, 2014
Key Benefits of Deploying RFID in Retail
With the recent news that Marks & Spencer will tag 400 million items this year, many retailers are stepping up their tagging programs as well. Improved inventory accuracy, which leads to fewer out-of-stocks, increased sales and enhanced customer service are among the primary reasons for deploying the technology.
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Mar. 13, 2014
Retailers Set to Benefit From RFID Industry Growth
Recent efforts to remove challenges associated with adopting RFID, as well as a renewed focus on R&D, have fueled the development of hardware and software enabling retail companies to achieve the full benefits that RFID allows.
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Mar. 12, 2014
Xterprises Clarity Suite to Power SML Global RFID Technology and Innovation Centers
The centers will feature sleek and modern store mockups complete with thousands of RFID-enabled retail items, for demonstrating various applications available to both retail and supply chain operations.
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Mar. 11, 2014
Coccinelle Finds RFID Virtually Eliminates Out-of-Stocks for Store and Online Sales
The Dutch clothing retailer is attaching UHF RFID tags to garments, and is using handheld and point-of-sale readers to track which inventory is at stores and available for online sales.
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Mar. 10, 2014
Asda Deploys Tyco Retail Solutions' Technology to Boost Inventory Accuracy of George Clothing
The system, currently in the deployment phase, is also designed to reduce the level of markdowns and drive sales increases through improved item availability.
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Mar. 9, 2014
RFID's Star Continues to Rise
According to a new RFID sector survey by IDTechEx Research, the RFID market will increase from $6.98 billion in 2012 to $7.88 billion, and will reach $23.4 billion in 2020.
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Mar. 6, 2014
Concise Analysis of the International RFID Semiconductor Market in the Apparel Industry
One major driver in this market has been mandates made by major retail giants requirng their suppliers to use RFID devices.
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Mar. 5, 2014
TexTrace to Display Textile RFID Solution at Industry Conferences
The provider of technology for the apparel industry will demonstrate its RFID-brand tracking and protection solution at the IP Protect Expo and Retail Business Technology Expo, on Mar. 11-12, 2014, in London.
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Mar. 3, 2014
Marks & Spencer Expands RFID Rollout, Will Tag 400 Million Items In 2014
The retailer released new details about its massive deployment earlier this month at Germany's EuroShop event.
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Feb. 28, 2014
Ask the Experts: How Can RFID Improve and Facilitate Inventory-Taking?
Can you please describe some inventory-management systems and their features? And how does RFID deliver benefits?
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Feb. 27, 2014
In What Store Processes Will You Benefit the Most From RFID?
The technology reduces out-of-stocks, enables higher inventory accuracy and gives significant time savings in many retail processes.
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Feb. 26, 2014
Marks & Spencer Expands RFID Rollout
The UK’s largest clothing retailer expects to consume 400 million RFID tags this year as it moves to become the first retailer in the world to tag 100 percent of its general merchandise items, in order to provide more holistic inventory tracking throughout its supply chain.
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Feb. 25, 2014
Alex and Ani Rolls Out Swirl's Bluetooth Beacons at 40 Stores
Swirl Networks' solution enables the fashion retailer to track shoppers' in-store locations, and to send targeted product information to their smartphones. Kenneth Cole and Timberland plan similar rollouts.
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Feb. 24, 2014
Retailers Test ByteLight's Light-Based Indoor Positioning Technology
The system modulates the light emitted by an LED fixture, and includes an app that enables a mobile phone to determine its location based on the light signals received by its camera.
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Feb. 21, 2014
Global Apparel Retailer Implements Checkpoint Systems' RFID for Item-Level Source Tagging, Inventory and Security
The provider of RF- and RFID-based solutions for identifying, tracking and securing merchandise has announced that a major Europe-based apparel and leisure goods retailer is rolling out Checkpoint's RFID solution at hundreds of its stores worldwide, and that the initiative includes source tagging at manufacturers' sites.
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Feb. 20, 2014
Will RFID Kill EAS?
Both technologies can perform effectively to thwart theft in retail stores, but one can enable additional benefits.
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Feb. 20, 2014
Item-Level RFID Adoption in Retail Gathers Momentum
Kohl's is the latest big chain to announce it is using the technology to manage items in stores.
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Feb. 19, 2014
RFID Research Center Certifies Ucode7 Tags Fit for Global Use on Apparel
Smartrac's tags, using the new Ucode7 IC developed by NXP Semiconductors, have passed the Arkansas Radio Compliance tests defined by the RFID Research Center. These tests certify that the Belt and Web tags comply with ARC categories A, B, C, D, I and K.
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Feb. 17, 2014
Checkpoint Systems Announces Worldwide Deployment of RFID-based EAS With Global Apparel Retailer
The global supplier of merchandise-availability solutions for the retail industry has announced that it is partnering with a major European apparel and leisure goods retailer to roll out RFID solutions at hundreds of stores around the world.
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Feb. 14, 2014
Argos Tries NFC in Its Stores
The U.K. retailer is testing the technology for three months to determine how it can boost customer engagement by enabling access to product info and discounts via RFID-tagged posters.
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Feb. 12, 2014
RFID Allows Coccinelle to Use Stores to Fulfill Online Orders
The luxury children’s clothing retailer is the latest retail brand to take advantage of the inventory accuracy provided by RFID to use its brick-and-mortar stores as fulfillment centers for online orders.
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Feb. 7, 2014
Intersport Expects RFID to Boost Its Sales, Decrease Its Costs
After carrying out a one-store pilot of a combined EAS and RFID system from Cross Point and RFKeeper, the international athletic-goods retailer is installing the technology at other sites.
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Feb. 4, 2014
Xterprise's Clarity Item-level RFID Software Setting Foundation for Worldwide Omnichannel Implementation
The software platform provides retailers with a view of inventory, enabling key omnichannel strategies like in-store fulfillment of online orders and ship-from-store delivery.
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Jan. 31, 2014
Ask the Experts: What Problems Might RFID Technology Create for Retailers?
Retailers will need to figure out ways in which to manage item-level data.
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Jan. 30, 2014
Delage Protects Luxury Leather-Goods Brand Via Selinko's NFC Solution
Anti-counterfeiting identification technology firm Selinko has announced that French leather goods brand Delage is integrating NFC tags into its leather products, to provide a universally verifiable identity card for every one of its leather items, designed to protect the goods against counterfeiting.
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Jan. 27, 2014
Global RFID Adoption Accelerating in Apparel Retail
Two out of every three of the top 30 retailers in the United States currently have RFID initiatives in play.
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Jan. 25, 2014
Macy's Continues RFID Rollout in 2014
The retailer is using the technology on all shoe displays at 850 stores, which has allowed it to increase shoe display compliance from 65-70 percent to nearly 100 percent.
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Jan. 24, 2014
LL Bean Deploys RFID-Based Consumer-Engagement Tool
During NRF's Big Show, inMotion Retail Marketing demonstrated a solution designed to enhance the consumer shopping experience by providing real-time information about the products in which consumers are interested.
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Jan. 23, 2014
Dutch Shoe Company Wolky to Affix RFID Labels on Shoeboxes During Production
The shoe manufacturer and retailer has decided to attach RFID labels during the production of its products, according to Nedap Retail, which has been working with the footwear brand to implement Nedap's RFID-enabled inventory- and retail-management system across its operations.
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Jan. 22, 2014
LIVE! 2014 to Feature Keynote Presentations from Airbus and the Veterans Health Administration
RFID Journal's 12th annual conference and exhibition will be held on Apr. 8-10 in Orlando, Fla.
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Jan. 22, 2014
Checkpoint Systems Scales Up RFID Project With C&A to Reduce Out-of-Stocks
The supplier of shrink-management, merchandise-visibility and apparel-labeling solutions has announced that it is scaling up its RFID project with apparel retailer C&A from 5 to 25 stores.
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Jan. 22, 2014
NRF Top 10 Takeaways
The National Retail Federation recently wrapped its 103rd annual Big Show in New York City. If you didn't make it, here's what you missed.
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Jan. 21, 2014
SML Group Adding New RFID Test Centers, Tag Manufacturing Capacity
The company will expand its RFID tag development capabilities and tag manufacturing capacity in Europe, the United States and Asia, as it predicts strong growth in item-level tagging for food, jewelry, cosmetics and garments.
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Jan. 21, 2014
Item-level RFID Within Reach
Specialist RFID solution provider and GS1 Business Alliance partner RAMP RFID has announced the launch of the Xterprise Clarity Solution for item-level RFID to the Australian retail sector.
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Jan. 21, 2014
Retailers Showing Strong RFID Adoption Rates
The acceleration of global RFID adoption by retailers was the focus of a panel session hosted by Avery Dennison RBIS at the NRF's Big Show.
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Jan. 20, 2014
NRF 2014: Seamless, Mobile and RFID Shine
Seamless retail, full mobilization of customers and employees, and item-level RFID tagging stood out as topics of interest among exhibitors and attendees at this year's conference.
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Jan. 20, 2014
Motorola Introduces All-New Fixed Reader
The FX7500 is designed to deliver improved performance in business environments at a competitive price.
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Jan. 19, 2014
The View From NRF
RFID technology is beginning to seep into the consciousness of more retailers.
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Jan. 17, 2014
Global RFID Adoption Accelerating in Apparel Retail
Two out of every three of the top 30 retailers in the United States currently have RFID initiatives in play.
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Jan. 16, 2014
RFID News Roundup: Retail
Xterprise announces new pricing model for item-level RFID tagging; inventory accuracy, reduced out-of-stocks and increased on-floor availability drive retail RFID adoption, according to report; Thinaire launches BLE beacon solution for mobile marketing; Checkpoint Systems and RGIS collaborate on retail RFID implementations.
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Jan. 15, 2014
Kohl's Rolls Out RFID for Three Product Categories at 1,158 Stores
The RFID solution, provided by Checkpoint, was taken live at all of the retailer's stores and distribution centers over the course of just 100 days.
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Jan. 14, 2014
Xterprise Brings Solution+Tag Pricing Model to Retail RFID Market
With its new pricing model, the company offers brand owners and retailers greater flexibility and efficiency in implementing item-level RFID solutions.
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Jan. 13, 2014
Kohl's Department Stores Deploy Checkpoint's RFID Solutions in Select Departments
The global supplier of merchandise-availability solutions for the retail industry has announced that Kohl's has deployed its RFID solutions across select departments at its stores.
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Jan. 13, 2014
Russian Government Considers RFID Tags on All New Clothing
The government may opt to RFID-tag all labels on clothing and footwear fabricated and sold throughout Customs Union member-states (Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan), in order to remedy the ongoing problem of counterfeiting.
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Jan. 11, 2014
Tyco Retail Solutions Protects Products Via Source-Tagging
The company has announced that its Sensormatic anti-theft program has protected 50 billion consumer products to date, including five billion apparel items.
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Jan. 9, 2014
SML Group Announces Opening of Its EMEA RFID Technology and Innovation Center in the United Kingdom
The facility has a large RFID laboratory, enabling SML to develop new RFID inlays and tags that will address the growing demand for RFID tickets and labels in the retail apparel and textile markets.
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Jan. 8, 2014
Heidi.com's New Store Uses NFC RFID to Enable Omni-Channel Shopping
The Swiss clothing company has installed virtual shopping kiosks so that customers can shop not only for garments at its flagship store, but also for those available via its website, as well as receive personalized services and promotions.
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Jan. 7, 2014
Tesco Moving to Item-Level in Apparel
Like Macy's, American Apparel, Walmart and others, Tesco plans to launch an item-level tagging program for most of its apparel items.
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Jan. 6, 2014
The Year Ahead
Expect to see RFID adoption accelerate, but not explode.
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Jan. 5, 2014
RFID Will Alter Retail Landscape in 2014
Retail continues to take a leading role in adopting RFID technology. Now that the mess created by patent licensing firm Round Rock Research has been mostly swept aside by the slew of patent agreements signed during Q4, RFID in retail is set to skyrocket in 2014.
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Jan. 2, 2014
The Time Has Finally Arrived
CustomerThink.com's top five retail technology predictions for 2014—including item-level RFID.
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Dec. 20, 2013
Russian Trade Ministry to Use RFID Chips to Fight Counterfeited Goods
The agency will put radio frequency identification chips on the labels of clothing and footwear in the territory of the Customs Union member states, in the hope of preventing fake products from entering the retail market.
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Dec. 20, 2013
Round Rock Completes Licensing Deals With Majority of RFID Vendors
The licensing firm says it now has agreements with at least 90 percent of all EPC tag suppliers to the U.S. market, and will focus its future efforts on educating larger suppliers and end users, to ensure the patents are honored.
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Dec. 19, 2013
Knapp's Dürkopp Division Speeds Up Fulfillment Process at Klingel's Warehouse and Next Group's DC
K-Mail Order GmbH (Klingel), one of Germany's largest mail-order businesses, and Next Group, a British multinational clothing, footwear and home products retailer, are using RFID solutions from Dürkopp Fördertechnik to automate fulfillment processes.
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Dec. 19, 2013
TSL Adds Wrist-Mount and Holster Accessory Options for Its 1128 UHF RFID Reader
The company has introduced two accessories to better facilitate the fast, accurate and cost-effective tracking of products, assets and data for retail and other applications.
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Dec. 17, 2013
2-D or RFID: Which Is Better for Item-Level Marking?
Each technology has its pros and cons, so the choice will depend on your needs—and your price point.
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Dec. 16, 2013
Another Year of Progress
RFID technology continues to mature, but has not yet crossed the chasm.
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Dec. 16, 2013
RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2014-2024
This report, from Bharat Book Bureau, explains the key data and analysis of extensive research, including interviews with RFID adopters and solution providers in the various RFID application markets, including retail.
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Dec. 14, 2013
Retail's Trilogy
A single RFID infrastructure can—and should—enable inventory, asset and identity management.
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Dec. 14, 2013
What the Round Rock Settlements Mean
Motorola and Smartrac signed settlement agreements with Round Rock Research, which sued several retailers for patent infringement.
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Dec. 13, 2013
RFID Heading Into the Clouds
What could the stores of the future look like? This blog post shares a vision about where RFID development is heading, and how it will transform the retail industry.
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Dec. 12, 2013
Analysis of the Global RFID and Bar Code Printers Market
Reportlinker.com has announced a new market research report for the retail and health-care sectors.
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Dec. 11, 2013
Dear Samta: Anything With RFID Will Do!
Here are a few items to put under the tree that are bound to bring a smile on Christmas morning.
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Dec. 10, 2013
Alien and Invengo Join the Patent Licensing March
Weary of seeing growth slowed by customers fearful of patent infringement claims, RFID technology vendors continue to come to terms with Round Rock Research.
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Dec. 9, 2013
Macy's Tests Shopkick's ShopBeacon at New York, San Francisco Stores
The Bluetooth tags enable the retailer to share promotional data about its merchandise with consumers who have downloaded and opted in to the Shopkick app.
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Dec. 8, 2013
U.S. Government Moves Toward Patent Reforms
The Innovation Act could reduce lawsuits against technology users, but it could also have an adverse effect on innovation.
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Dec. 6, 2013
Avery Dennison, Alien Technology and Invengo Sign Licensing Deals With Round Rock
The RFID technology makers say that the patent agreements will eliminate obstacles to deployments of EPC UHF RFID technology in the U.S.
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Dec. 4, 2013
SDV and IER Offer an End-to-End RFID Solution for Retailers
Based on a solution developed for a large European retailer, iD by SDV is designed to track apparel from factory to store, with the goal of increasing sales and efficiencies.
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Dec. 3, 2013
Retailers Address Protection Challenges of Mobile Point-of-Sale Technology
The Retail Industry Leaders Association, in partnership with the University of Arkansas and with support from Checkpoint Systems and Ernst & Young, released a study identifying the asset-protection challenges presented by emerging mobile POS technologies, and establishes a risk-assessment matrix to help retailers adapt current practices to meet future needs.
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Dec. 3, 2013
AAFA President and CEO Offers Statement on RFID Patent Troll Reform
The American Apparel & Footwear Association's Kevin M. Burke released a statement in response to the successful mark-up of the Innovation Act of 2013 by the House Judiciary Committee.
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Dec. 3, 2013
Bon-Ton Brings NFC to Shoe Displays
The U.S. department store retailer has installed an NFC RFID-based solution within 32 of its shoe departments, to test how the technology can help shoppers locate the size, color and style of shoes they seek while at a store.
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Dec. 2, 2013
Six Most Common FAQs of Bar Codes Vs. RFID
Following a guest lecture to business students at Turku University, blogger Jessica Säilä compiled six frequently asked questions about the use of bar-code and RFID technologies in retail operations.
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Dec. 1, 2013
RFID & Retail 2013
This e-Book summarizes the major RFID deployments and announcements that occurred in the retail space during 2013. The report is a collection of RFID 24-7 blog posts presented in an easy-to-read format, designed to serve as an educational tool for those interested in RFID trends in retail.
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Nov. 29, 2013
Adler Deploys RFID at 170 Stores
After a successful rollout at seven stores in Germany and Luxemburg, Adler Modemärkte AG, one of the largest fashion retailers in Germany, is deploying RFID throughout its 170 Adler fashion outlets. The retailer expects to conclude the rollout next year and see an ROI by the end of 2015.
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Nov. 27, 2013
RFID Could Be a Secret Weapon for Retailers This Holiday Season
Consumers are expected to spend $602 billion during this year’s holiday shopping season. Retailers with real-time inventory visibility stand to gain a sizable portion of that pie.
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Nov. 25, 2013
J.C. Penney Juggles Transition to RFID for Anti-Theft
Removing the hard electronic article surveillance tags the company used before installing RFID readers at store exits led to a surge in shoplifting.
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Nov. 25, 2013
Motorola Solutions to Be Cornerstone and Registration Sponsor of RFID Journal LIVE! 2014
As in years past, the RFID technology provider will be a major sponsor of RFID Journal's 12th annual conference and exhibition, to be held in Orlando.
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Nov. 23, 2013
Macy's Stellar Q3 Tracked to RFID and Omnichannel
During an investor and analyst meeting this summer, the retail's chief omnichannel officer, Robert Harrison, said RFID and omnichannel represent "a huge sales driver" for Macy's.
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Nov. 22, 2013
Checkpoint Systems Enhances RFID-Based Overhead EAS Solution
The company has announced Overhead 2.0, a new version of its RFID-based electronic article surveillance (EAS) system, which Checkpoint says offers improved inventory visibility and loss-prevention benefits to retailers at the point of exit.
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Nov. 21, 2013
Marketing RFID Products on a Limited Budget
There are many ways in which RFID solution providers can increase their visibility and grow their business without breaking the bank.
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Nov. 21, 2013
Motorola Sled Reader Adds Low-Cost RFID Functionality to Mobile Computers
The new EPC Gen 2 UHF device locks onto Motorola Solution's existing handheld computers, enabling users to upgrade their devices to support RFID for $1,995.
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Nov. 20, 2013
Checkpoint Launches Enhanced RFID-Based EAS Overhead Solution
The global supplier of merchandise-availability solutions for the retail industry has announced a solution to improve inventory visibility and loss prevention at the point of exit.
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Nov. 19, 2013
Zebra Releases Small, Low-Cost RFID Printer-Encoder
The desktop ZD500R allows companies to print and encode EPC Gen 2 UHF labels in lower quantities than with industrial printers, thereby saving cost and space.
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Nov. 18, 2013
Xterprise Announces New End-to-End RFID Item-level Solution and Major 2013 Milestones
The company has announced its latest factory-to-point-of-sale RFID software application targeting the brand-owner and specialty-retailer markets.
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Nov. 17, 2013
Pioneering RFID in the DC
Item-level tagging has sped up inbound and outbound processing at a German 3PL's distribution center. But issues remain in using RFID for item selection.
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Nov. 13, 2013
Registration Now Open for LIVE! 2014
RFID Journal's 12th annual conference, to be held on Apr. 8-10, in Orlando, will open with a keynote presentation by Kim Phillips, head of packaging at Marks & Spencer.
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Nov. 12, 2013
Zebra Technologies Extends RFID Printer Line
The ZD500R is particularly well-suited to meet the retail industry's demand for simple item-level RFID tagging for inventory management.
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Nov. 12, 2013
RFID Speeds Up Preparations for Flash Sales
High-paced online retailer Vente-privee.com is using Tageos passive UHF tags to manage product samples, to ensure they are properly photographed and described as they circulate around the French facility.
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Nov. 9, 2013
Macy's Launches Visual Recognition App to Simplify Consumer Purchases
While many retailers and product manufacturers are trying out QR codes and Near Field Communication (NFC) RFID tags to provide customers with additional information about a product, Macy's is taking a different tack.
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Nov. 7, 2013
Major North American Retailer Adopts Checkpoint Systems' RFID Solutions
The provider of solutions for merchandise identification, tracking and security has announced that the chain has finished deploying Checkpoint's RFID solutions at all of its more than 1,000 stores.
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Nov. 5, 2013
RFID: the Revenue Stream Game-Changer
RFID is changing the "make, store and ship" revenue model for good. The technology can enable 99 percent inventory accuracy, which can impact the bottom line by reducing out-of-stock situations, drastically reducing inventory-related sales losses.
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Nov. 4, 2013
Motorola Solutions, Smartrac Settle Patent Litigation by Round Rock
The two RFID hardware vendors have entered into a licensing agreement with the patent holder, allowing them to sell products using Round Rock's patents, effectively releasing the vendors' retail and other customers from Round Rock lawsuits.
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Nov. 1, 2013
Tageos Launches New Item-Level Apparel Label, Set to Cut Retailers' RFID Budget
The company has announced the launch of a new apparel label predicted to deliver improved tag performance.
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Nov. 1, 2013
American Apparel: Now With RFID Chips
One of the first retailers to adopt item-level radio frequency identification, American Apparel continues to expand its use of this technology to increase efficiency at the retail end of the supply chain.
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Oct. 31, 2013
Jewelers Leverage RFID to Improve Inventory Management
Many jewelry retailers have turned to automated systems that integrate RFID technology to conduct faster and more frequent inventory counts.
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Oct. 31, 2013
Point-of-Sale Needs Speeding Up for the Festive Season?
Using an RFID-enabled system can significantly increase transaction rate at the point of sale, and potentially increase customer sales as a result. Nordic ID's Stix and Sampo readers are both suited to POS in retail environments, each with its own unique benefits.
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Oct. 30, 2013
Avery Dennison Sees Strong Momentum in RFID
The company's CEO says its RBIS division is significantly expanding existing programs with seven major retailers across multiple market segments.
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Oct. 29, 2013
Checkpoint Systems Adds RFID to EAS Solution
Spanish retailers are testing Alpha Keepers—lockable plastic containers for securing high-end beauty-care and other products—fitted with RFID transponders, to enable stores to better manage inventory while reducing shrinkage.
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Oct. 28, 2013
IDC Retail Insights' Leslie Hand Recognized as a Top Retail Influencer
The company's research director has a wealth of experience working in an IT capacity among small and large retailers alike and, prior to joining IDC Retail Insights, was Ahold's director of global RIFD strategy.
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Oct. 26, 2013
RFID: Superhero of the Packaging World?
The technology is being used throughout the industry, as well as for apparel retail; Trasluz, a children's clothing supplier in Spain, recently implemented RFID through its entire supply chain.
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Oct. 24, 2013
Nordic ID Participates in RFID in Fashion Retail Event
Find out what else the company has planned.
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Oct. 23, 2013
Tageos Apparel RFID Label Certified By the University Of Arkansas
The company has announced that its EOS-400 tag—a paper-based, inlayless passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID label for use in apparel—has been tested and certified by the university's Arkansas Radio Compliance center.
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Oct. 21, 2013
Marks & Spencer Leads the Way
The world's largest item-level apparel retail RFID deployment shows the technology's value.
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Oct. 18, 2013
Tageos Unveils Arkansas Varsity-Approved RFID Tag
The company has announced a new item-level apparel label set to cut retailers' RFID budgets while delivering improved tag performance.
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Oct. 16, 2013
Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue Track Thousands of Shoes With RFID
Increasing sales and improving on-shelf availability are just two of the many reasons retailers are implementing the technology.
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Oct. 15, 2013
TexTrace Textile RFID Solution Featured at Tyco Retail Experience Center
The company has developed a solution for RFID source-tagging, with a woven label that resists all processes that garments undergo during their lifecycle, enabling accurate item tracking from start to finish throughout the retail value chain.
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Oct. 14, 2013
Retail 3.0
RFID enables the trend toward consumer-driven showroom shopping.
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Oct. 11, 2013
Tyco Retail Solutions Unveils New RFID Application for Retailers
The company has announced a new RFID-enabled, packaged application designed to help retailers more easily and quickly count display items, and ensure that all models and styles in stock are represented on the sales floor.
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Oct. 10, 2013
Saks Boosts Inventory Accuracy With Tyco RFID
As part of its Inventory Intelligence solution, Tyco Retail Solutions has unveiled a new RFID-enabled application that allows retailers to count display items quickly and easily, in order to ensure that all models and styles in stock are represented on the sales floor.
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Oct. 8, 2013
RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities: 2014-2024
This report from IDTechEx provides key data and analysis of extensive research, including interviews with RFID adopters and solution providers in the various applicational RFID markets, offering insight into the RFID industry, including retail apparel.
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Oct. 7, 2013
RFID: Retail's Superstar Technology
American Apparel has gained 100 pecent store visibility and can locate any product in 30 seconds or less with its new ceiling-based reader solution.
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Oct. 4, 2013
TexTrace to Speak at Global Secure Summit in Amsterdam
The technology supplier will discuss the use of RFID technology for brand authentication in the apparel industry.
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Oct. 1, 2013
RFID Takes Its Next Big Steps
RFID is looking up—literally. Overhead, "eye in the sky" type solutions that provide a continuous view of each store's on-hand inventory have captured the imagination of several leading retailers.
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Sept. 27, 2013
Who Carries the Cost of RFID Adoption in Retail Item-level RFID Projects?
When starting to calculate ROI for RFID investment, companies start looking at when different expenses will occur and how to pay them back.
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Sept. 24, 2013
Bag Maker Adopts RFID Solution to Prevent Counterfeits, Gray Market
Bagjack is using Serfides' authentication software to track high-end messenger bags shipped from its German manufacturing site and, eventually, within a store.
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Sept. 23, 2013
Technology for Sale
Having tags and readers that perform better than existing products does not mean you have a business.
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Sept. 20, 2013
Do They See What You See?
The benefits that retailers are able to gain from RFID technology are relatively easy to see. But how about customer attitudes? RFID Arena looks into customer perceptions of RFID technology in retail stores in greater detail.
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Sept. 19, 2013
VDC: 10 Billion Passive RFID Tags Will Ship by 2018
The passive UHF RFID market is expected to surpass $1 billion in revenue in 2015 or early 2016, as rapid retail adoption drives strong double-digit growth.
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Sept. 18, 2013
Saks' RFID Deployment Ensures Thousands of Shoes Are on Display
By placing an EPC passive tag on every shoe sample, four Saks Fifth Avenue stores have reduced the amount of labor required to inventory the sales floor from 16 hours down to 20 minutes.
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Sept. 16, 2013
The Essentials of ROI Calculation in Retail RFID
RFID Arena offers a view on the different elements of RFID investment, and suggests how to evaluate cost using a fictional case.
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Sept. 13, 2013
Final Agenda Announced for RFID Journal LIVE! Europe
The event, to be held in London on Oct. 15, will feature presentations by Marks & Spencer and Wilkinson, and demonstrate the latest technology solutions.
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Sept. 10, 2013
How to Decide Between a Mobile and a Fixed RFID Reader in Retail Environments
At the heart of RFID investments are readers. Although they are not always the costliest element, without them investment makes no sense. This blog looks at retail use cases and offers some guidelines for when to choose mobile or fixed readers.
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Sept. 9, 2013
Canadian Startup Offers Interactive Digital Signage System
The Linkett NFC RFID reader, mounted on a video monitor, shares coupons, applications and other promotional information with consumers' NFC-enabled mobile phones and tablets.
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Sept. 5, 2013
RFID: Technology Innovation and Development
Although it has been the subject of intense speculation over recent years, radio frequency identification tagging has fulfilled many of the predictions made by industry forecasters more than ten years ago, when pilots of widescale deployment by retailers first began.
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Sept. 3, 2013
RFID: Supply Chain Visibility and Return on Investment
The determining factor in rolling out RFID in any business has always been price, so calculating a concrete return on investment is clearly a vital step. According to some analysts, this approach has matured as the benefits of the technology have become clear.
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Sept. 2, 2013
RFID: Overcoming Out-of-stock Challenges
The textile and clothing industry has long known that out-of-stock management problems can be costly, and that RFID tags can help retailers especially recoup the profits they lose by failing to keep their shelves as full as they should.
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Aug. 29, 2013
Five Enterprise Trends Driving RFID Adoption in Manufacturing
In apparel manufacturing, some vertically integrated brands are automating their design-to-delivery work processes with RFID.
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Aug. 29, 2013
American Apparel Rolls Out In-store RFID
The retailer is improving its inventory accuracy and on-shelf availability through the use of radio frequency identification technology.
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Aug. 28, 2013
RFID and NFC Technologies for Retail
The retail industry is going through a huge transformation at the moment. Lack of demand due to the global financial crisis, changing consumer behavior towards omnichannel shopping habits, and pressures to improve operational efficiency as profit margins shrink, are all major concerns for the industry. This phase of uncertainty should be taken as a challenge in order to be able to respond to the changes and to be ready for recovering growing demand in the coming years. The power of technology as a driver of change can be huge, and technologies like RFID can help retailers to find new solutions.
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Aug. 28, 2013
Can a Product's Tag Trigger the Displaying of Customer Reviews?
Is it possible for an RFID tag to pick up information from a server that hosts dynamic information and display it on a screen, based on a specified condition when the tag is near a reader?
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Aug. 27, 2013
Linen Loss Drops By 90% at Los Angeles Luxury Hotel
Mr. C Hotel Beverly Hills is using the RFID-based Linentracker system to track when its linens are sent to, and then returned from, an off-site laundry facility, and thereby determine if any items are not returned.
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Aug. 25, 2013
French Sports Retailer Rolls Out Nedap Retail's
RFID-enabled EAS Systems to Hundreds of Stores Worldwide

The company has announced a contract with a French sports retailer to upgrade its existing RF-enabled electronic article surveillance systems to hybrid EAS-RFID systems.
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Aug. 23, 2013
Technowave Hits a Home Run in the Persian Gulf
When Persian Gulf retail giant Liwa Trading Enterprises became aware of shrinkage in several of its stores, it looked to technology partner Technowave International for an RFID solution.
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Aug. 22, 2013
RFID Streamlines Web and Brick-and-Mortar Stores
Van Vuuren Mode is a chain of women's fashion stores throughout the Netherlands. The upscale retailer carries premium brands, including Taifun, Claudia Sträter, Gaastra, DFVV, Bandolera and Gerry Weber. With 26 locations plus an online store selling more than 500,000 items yearly, the fashion powerhouse sought further efficiencies in its business model, making it a ripe candidate for RFID specific efficiencies.
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Aug. 21, 2013
American Apparel Goes Hi-Tech
Despite a winning formula and highly efficient processes, the apparel retailer is constantly on the lookout for additional efficiencies that can help it maintain its competitive edge, including RFID.
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Aug. 20, 2013
Intelligent Store Concept With RFID
Roberto Verino, a successful Spanish retailer of men's and women's fine fashions, has 160 sales points distributed among dedicated stores, franchisers and sections in major department stores in Spain, Mexico and Portugal. The retailer tailors RFID to the customer experience.
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Aug. 19, 2013
Push-Button Inventory
We are getting closer to the day when a company can push a button and obtain an accurate inventory count.
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Aug. 17, 2013
SML Group Launches ViziT FT/200
The company has launched its latest bulk encoder and box audit station for operations requiring bulk encoding of RFID tags, and for which items need to be counted and matched to a particular SKU when packed into boxes.
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Aug. 16, 2013
A Gem of a Solution
RFID providers have developed complete inventory-management systems for monitoring jewelry items in the supply chain and in retail stores.
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Aug. 16, 2013
Companies Back U.S. Bills to Fight 'Patent Trolls'
With some patent holders suing companies that use RFID, end users are supporting efforts in Washington to revise the nation's patent laws.
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Aug. 15, 2013
NFC—Not Just for Consumers Anymore
Companies are deploying Near-Field Communication technology in business applications once seen as the province of UHF RFID.
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Aug. 15, 2013
Addressing Conflicting Tagging Requirements
Apparel suppliers and retailers must agree on best practices for RFID-tagging items at the point of manufacture.
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Aug. 14, 2013
Trimble Intros Micro-LTE UHF RFID Module
The company has announced the addition of the Micro-LTE to its ThingMagic Mercury 6e series of embedded UHF RFID modules. Zebra Technologies' ZD500R UHF desktop printer, which employs the Micro-LTE device, is intended for space-constrained retail environments.
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Aug. 13, 2013
American Apparel Deploys Real-Time, Storewide RFID
Inventory-Management Solution

The system, provided by Senitron, includes Impinj readers that capture the locations of all tagged items within a store in real time, eliminating the need to conduct inventory counts using handheld interrogators.
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Aug. 12, 2013
American Apparel Implements RFID Tool From Impinj
The provider of UHF RFID technology has announced that the retailer is using Impinj's fully automated Senitron inventory visibility solution to improve its inventory accuracy and on-shelf availability.
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Aug. 4, 2013
Tyco Retail Solutions Expects 10 Global Retailers to Pilot, Deploy RFID This Summer
The company's RFID-enabled inventory-intelligence solutions are gaining traction, and it expects 10 global fashion retailers and department stores to pilot or extend pilots or full deployments of RFID item-level inventory-intelligence solutions this summer.
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Aug. 1, 2013
Global Traction Continues for Item-Level RFIC in Apparel
Tyco Retail Solutions reports an increase in deployments this summer, with 10 leading global fashion retailers and department stores unveiling pilots or moving to full deployments by the end of next month.
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July 31, 2013
Walki Markets Its Laser-Patterned Booster Tag Antenna to Retail Sector
The Finnish packaging materials company says its Pantenna booster antenna can reduce costs for apparel companies that need to RFID-tag only some of their goods.
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July 30, 2013
De Wolky Shop Deploys RFID
The specialty shoe retailer is deploying the technology at all nine of its stores in the Netherlands and Germany, following a successful pilot at two of its locations. During a 12-week trial, De Wolky Shop’s inventory accuracy rose from 84 percent to 98 percent.
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July 29, 2013
Getting to the Tipping Point
According to Auburn University's Bill Hardgrave, apparel retailers and manufacturers will soon be engaged in a "virtuous cycle" that will lead to item-level tagging throughout the supply chain.
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July 27, 2013
Wilkinson Retail Chain to Present Case Study at RFID Journal LIVE! Europe
The British housewares and household goods retailer will explain how it uses RFID technologies to fight inventory loss, at RFID Journal's ninth annual European event, to be held on Oct. 15.
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July 25, 2013
Emerging Apparel Designers Compete for Avery Dennison Award
WGSN has announced four designers as finalists for the Avery Dennison Emerging Fashion Brand Award, to be awarded at the 2013 WGSN Global Fashion Awards.
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July 23, 2013
What Else Can You Do With an RFID Fashion Label?
Don't use RFID just for logistics and inventory management. Here are a few ways in which retailers can employ the technology to provide new services to their customers.
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July 22, 2013
Accuracy in Action: Item-Level RFID Takes Off
A variety of apparel brands and retailers are embracing item-level RFID and achieving benefits, including inventory accuracy, increased sales and labor optimization.
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July 19, 2013
Can Retailers Use the Same Tracking Numbers?
An RFID Journal reader asks, "If retailer A was using item-level tracking on a red Polo Ralph Lauren shirt at its stores, could retailer B utilize the same tracking number to identify that item at its shops?"
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July 16, 2013
New Report: Global RFID Semiconductor Market
in the Apparel Industry, 2012-2016

TechNavio's report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with input from industry experts, and covers the market in the Americas, as well as in the the EMEA and APAC regions.
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July 13, 2013
SML Group Buys Software Company Xterprise
The acquisition will enable SML, one of the largest RFID label manufacturers, to enhance its full solution offerings by including Xterprise' Clarity software.
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July 10, 2013
Traceability in the Textile and Clothing Industry
Here are some of the issues and implications facing RFID adoption.
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July 9, 2013
A Less Stylish Approach to RFID
Metro Group has been a leader in applying RFID tags to goods shipments in order to track their progress through its distribution chain. The company is now undertaking tests to determine if customers will accept tags on clothing.
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July 7, 2013
The Way Forward
In the world of apparel retail, the general consensus is that passive UHF technology is the best form of RFID for tracking inventory. For RFID to truly deliver on its promise, all industries must come together and agree on standards.
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July 5, 2013
The RFID Chip Revolution
Radio frequency identification is a wireless non-contact device allowing data to be transferred for the purposes of identifying or tracking objects, such as clothing.
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July 3, 2013
RFID Case Study: American Apparel
By leveraging an RFID solution from Xterprise, American Apparel reduced both labor costs and out-of-stocks, while improving sales and store performance.
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June 28, 2013
SATO Acquires Stake in Nexgen Packaging to Boost RFID
Presence in Global Apparel and Retail Markets

The provider of bar-code printing, labeling and EPC RFID solutions has announced a strategic investment in Nexgen Packaging, a provider of apparel brand-identification and packaging products.
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June 27, 2013
Luxury Apparel Retailer Mersmann Design Uses Woven RFID Labels from TexTrace
The labels are based on NXP's Ucode G2iL, to support inventory-management, theft-protection and payment processes.
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June 25, 2013
Research and Markets: Apparel RFID 2013-2023
According to new analysis, the systems and tag business concerned with apparel RFID will grow at double the rate of the overall RFID market through the next ten years.
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June 24, 2013
Chico's Reveals Value of RFID-Enabled Inventory Accuracy at RES
The item-level inventory accuracy enabled by RFID tagging will be a critical element for Chico's FAS as it seeks to maximize sales opportunities from buy online/pickup in-store occasions.
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June 21, 2013
RFID a 'Very Big Part of Macy's Future'
At a recent investor meeting, the retailer's top executives, including its chief omnichannel officer, reiterated how item-level tagging is a key driver for growth.
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June 19, 2013
RFID Clothing Tags: The Potent Approach to Accelerate
Inventory Counting and Movements Tracking

Clothing tags can help retailers save costs and time in supply chain management.
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June 18, 2013
Getting to the Tipping Point
Apparel retailers and manufacturers will soon be engaged in a "virtuous cycle" that will lead to item-level tagging throughout the supply chain.
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June 17, 2013
We're Not KDDing
Making sense of all the Internet of Things data.
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June 17, 2013
RFID Gets xArray Vision
Impinj's new reader is installed in ceilings, where it can keep an eye on tagged assets and inventory in stores and other facilities.
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June 16, 2013
RFID in a Growing Economy
More companies are deploying radio frequency identification, but they need to look beyond single projects that deliver an ROI and plan an enterprise-wide approach enabling multiple benefits.
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June 12, 2013
Retailers Adopt NFC-enabled Electronic Shelf Labels
Store Electronic Systems is now marketing the labels, designed together with NXP, so that stores can provide product info and promotions to customers via a tap of a smartphone.
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June 11, 2013
German Fashion Brand Uses Woven RFID Labels
An implementation in Germany with TexTrace's textile RFID solution was taken live earlier this year. In the meantime, TexTrace has expanded the production capacity for woven RFID labels together with its production partner, EE Labels, and launched its new generation of RFID labels.
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June 10, 2013
Frost & Sullivan: Popularity of Item-level Tagging Fuels Global
Passive Radio Frequency Identification Market

The technology's benefits have spurred its adoption in various applications across multiple verticals, including retail apparel. The implementation of item-level tagging will further boost sale volumes and lend momentum to the global passive RFID market.
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June 9, 2013
Flexible RFID Clothing Tags Help to Propel Apparel Industry Growth
With increasingly keen competition in the clothing sector, RFID tags have played a vital and essential role in promoting management efficiency and improving the overall competitiveness of enterprises. To meet the market demand, Daily RFID has launched a series of flexible RFID clothing tags.
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June 7, 2013
RFID Industry Forecast by IDTechEx Available at MarketPublishers.com
The demand for RFID from the apparel-tagging sector recently registered rapid growth, standing at 1 billion RFID labels during 2012.
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June 5, 2013
RFID Stock-Tracking Tags: A Better Way to Boost Clothing Inventory Management
In the apparel sector, such tags play an important role in clothing counting and classification, as well as theft prevention.
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June 3, 2013
Students Win $6,000 in Startup Challenge
Four students won the 2013 Bronco Startup Challenge for their RFID Audio Inventory Device, built to help the visually impaired identify clothing.
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May 31, 2013
RFID Will Be Key to Omnichannel Retail Sourcing
The technology could allow retailers to keep constant track of inventory instead of performing tedious cycle counts twice per year.
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May 30, 2013
CAEN RFID Intros New Specialty UHF RFID Tags,
UHF E-Seal, UHF Reader Gate/Portal

The company has announced a new family of RFID specialty tags for a variety of automatic-identification applications in fashion and other applications, as well as a new ultrahigh-frequency electronic seal and a UHF reader gate.
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May 29, 2013
Registration Opens for RFID Journal's Ninth Annual European Event
RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2013, to be held in London on Oct. 15, will focus on the business benefits of employing RFID to improve manufacturing, supply chain and retail operations across Europe.
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May 28, 2013
Italian Purse Company Finds a Discreet Way to Prevent Gray Market
Braccialini is using Tertium Technology's BlueBerry keyfob readers to inconspicuously determine if unauthorized outlets are selling its goods, and to investigate the history of such diversions.
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May 25, 2013
SATO Announces Strategic Investment in Nexgen Packaging
SATO, a provider of bar-code printing, labelling and EPC RFID solutions, has announced its strategic investment in Nexgen Packaging, a global supplier of apparel brand-identification and packaging products.
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May 23, 2013
RFID Tags for Apparel Achieve Efficiencies Throughout Clothing Supply Chain
In clothing stores, the tagging of items must be provided by retailers in order to facilitate the apparel-management process, make the supply chain smoother and furnish good service to customers.
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May 23, 2013
RFID Key to Omnichannel Commerce
The immediate and obvious benefit of RFID is inventory management. RFID tags embedded in hangtags will help retailers realize their omnichannel strategies to create a system that allows them to seamlessly serve customers via mobile, e-commerce and physical store platforms.
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May 22, 2013
Synqera Unveils NFC-enabled Device for Customer Loyalty Programs
The start-up has announced the Synqera Loyalty Generator, an NFC-enabled and Internet-connected in-store device designed to foster customer loyalty, improve customers' in-store shopping experiences and slow down what's known as "showrooming"—the practice of using smartphones to check for better pricing and other options at different stores.
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May 22, 2013
FineLine Launches UHF, HF, NFC Price and Promotional RFID/EAS Tags
The company has unveiled a new line of integrated tags that offer retailers and brands the ability to incorporate UHF, HF and NFC technologies into thicker-ply price and promotional tags that also support electronic article surveillance.
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May 15, 2013
Item-level RFID Reaches into the DC
A growing number of companies are turning to item-level RFID tagging to boost inventory accuracy throughout the retail supply chain. How will this affect distribution centers?
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May 14, 2013
American Apparel Says Goodbye to Handheld Readers
The retailer is nearly fully deployed at 254 stores, and is shifting to a fixed infrastructure reader solution to eliminate handheld interrogators.
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May 14, 2013
When Will Merchants Realize the Disruptive Potential of RFID?
Have RFID discussions been hindered because retailers have focused attention primarily on areas in which only incremental improvement is possible?
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May 14, 2013
Saving Costs and the Environment With RFID Tagging
Walki's SmartFacing item-level RFID tagging is a fast, cost-efficient and accurate solution to track inventory through the supply chain and in the retail environment.
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May 13, 2013
Bloomingdale's and Others Say RFID Works
Early adopters conducted many tests to prove that it does, which means companies considering the technology can focus on the business benefits it will likely deliver.
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May 11, 2013
Tag-Reading Robot Wins RFID Journal's Coolest Demo Contest
Keonn Technologies was recognized for the second year in a row for having the coolest demonstration at the RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition. When placed within a given space, such as a retail store, the company's AdvanRobot moves across that space and reads the RFID tags of all tagged items, without human intervention.
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May 10, 2013
IER's Expedited Self Payment Kiosk Speeds Up Checkouts
European specialty retailers are testing the self-service point-of-sale system, which promises to reduce checkout lines and free up sales staff.
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May 8, 2013
Avery Dennison's New Tags Target Challenging Use Cases
The company's Retail Branding and Information Services division has released seven EPC Gen 2 UHF inlays and labels for use in hard-to-read environments, such as on metal or near liquids, as well as for applications requiring durable or small tags.
arrow Read release.


May 7, 2013
CYBRA Debuts Locking RFID Seals
The company sees the new tags being used to help secure the contents of plastic distribution totes used in a variety of industries, including apparel.
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May 6, 2013
C&A Expands RFID Deployment
The European apparel retailer is scaling up its Checkpoint Systems RFID deployment from five to 25 stores.
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May 5, 2013
Reflections on RFID Journal LIVE! 2013
RFID Journal's annual conference and exhibition marked the end of the 'year' of pilots, and the beginning of large-scale deployments. Representatives from Bloomingdale's and Macy's discussed their omni-channel retailing strategies.
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May 3, 2013
RFID News Roundup: Checkpoint Systems Launches RFID Solution to Protect Merchandise
The provider of RF- and RFID-based solutions for merchandise identification, tracking and security has announced Evolve Exclusive E10, a range of antennas with high-quality fabric panels designed specifically for use in retail stores.
arrow Read release.


May 2, 2013
Checkpoint's New RFID System Helps Retailers Transition From RF
The supplier of shrink-management, merchandise-visibility and apparel-labeling solutions for the retail industry has announced the launch of EVOLVE Exclusive E10, a range of RF- and RFID-based antennas with fabric panels adaptable to fashion retailers' store aesthetics and in-store promotions. A major European chain store is currently rolling out the solution across 50 of its stores worldwide.
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May 2, 2013
Intelligent RFID Clothing Tag Unfastener
This unfastener from GAO RFID is designed for theft-reduction, shrinkage-reduction and inventory-management applications.
arrow Read release.


May 1, 2013
Avery Dennison Introduces Multiple RFID Solutions for Retailers and Brands
The company has partnered with leading technology firms to introduce new RFID-enabled solutions for apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry and more.
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Apr. 30, 2013
William Frick Adds HID Global's Slimflex Laundry Tag to RFID Portfolio
The company has partnered with HID Global to support its line of RFID tags for tracking clothing to be laundered.
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Apr. 28, 2013
Checkpoint Systems Launches Innovative Solution for Merchandise
Protection That Will Help Retailers Sell More and Lose Less

The supplier of shrink-management, merchandise-visibility and apparel-labeling solutions for the retail industry has announced the launch of Evolve Exclusive E10, a range of RF- and RFID-based antennas with high-quality fabric panels adaptable to fashion retailers' store aesthetics and in-store promotions. A major European chain store is currently rolling out the solution across 50 of its stores around the world.
arrow Read release.


Apr. 27, 2013
Mobility in Retail: How Technology Lets Consumers Track Products
Concern from consumers about the origins of the products they purchase is prompting retailers to start using mobile technologies to track provenance and sustainability of goods. But costs could hold back widespread adoption, at least for the time being.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 25, 2013
RFID News Roundup: Tageos Expands Its Product Range With RFID Hangtags
The company has announced several RFID labels in a new hangtag format.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 23, 2013
Item-level Retail RFID: The Power of End-to-End
Once items are being tagged at the source, there are many different places and ways within the retail supply chain that RFID can be used to improve performance or provide additional value to the consumer.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 19, 2013
Will RFID Take Off Now That Tag and Hardware Prices Have Dropped?
Among the objections put up by companies that have chosen not to use radio frequency identification technology in the past, particularly at the item level, is the cost of hardware and tags. RFID vendors say costs have come down in recent years, so will that mean greater adoption at retail?
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Apr. 18, 2013
Dual-Locking RFID Clothing Tag Successfully Deployed
The tag, model 116314, improves inventory management and has been implemented at a number of department stores, each of which has seen a return on investment by means of theft reduction.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 17, 2013
Don't Just Automate—Innovate!
RFID can do much more for retailers than merely speeding up existing processes.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 16, 2013
When Things Talk to One Another
Lower-power, wireless mesh-networking devices will enable objects to communicate without conventional RFID readers.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 15, 2013
Coming Clean About RFID Laundry Systems
Technology advancements, lower costs and complete solutions are among the reasons to consider auto­mating the tracking of linens, towels and uniforms.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 15, 2013
Eliminating Waste
Businesses are adopting RFID to identify and eradicate the inefficiencies that impede growth and profits.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 11, 2013
New Alien UHF Tags Target Challenging Retail Environments
The company has released three tags offering improved functionality, for use when items are packed tightly and tag orientation is skewed, when handheld readers are utilized and when metal and liquid are present.
arrow Read article. | Read release.


Apr. 9, 2013
RFID in the Retail Supply Chain:
New Report Highlights Benefits of End-To-End Systems Approach

The report, commissioned by Tagsys, provides a current and thorough analysis of challenges, strategies and best practices for choosing and deploying an advanced RFID-based item-level inventory-management system throughout retail, apparel and luxury goods supply chains.
arrow Read release.


Apr. 7, 2013
Tamper-Proof RFID Tags Help Clothing Retailers Elevate
the Diaphaneity of Inventory Management

DAILY RFID has released a new series of tags that protect consumers from counterfeiting.
arrow Read release.


Apr. 5, 2013
Apparel Magazine: The Next Chapter for EPC-enabled Item-Level RFID
GS1 US' Patrick Javick explains why item-level tagging has spread to the source, enabling retailers and brands to take full advantage of the technology.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 3, 2013
Apparel Software Trends: Tackling the Challenges
Faced with a raft of challenges across the apparel supply chain, how can software help tackle the key issues? RFID and cloud solutions are two key technologies that are ready for prime-time.
arrow Read article.


Apr. 2, 2013
Russia's Future Store Seeks a Supermarket for Its RFID Solution
The Russian joint venture is winding down a pilot deployment of its item-level RFID system, including smart shelves and RFID-based self-checkout terminals.
arrow Read article.


Mar. 29, 2013
C&A Expands RFID Usage to Track Inventory
The clothing company plans to employ EPC tags and readers to manage shipments of high-demand items to a total of 25 stores, and to use the technology to monitor inventory at each location.
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Mar. 28, 2013
University of Arkansas Researchers Study How to Link
Visual Identification Technology With RFID

The school's RFID Research Center and the Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies will try to develop standardized formats for VIT data, while testing the use of visual data with radio frequency identification for inventory tracking, enabling retailers or other companies to share an item's standardized data.
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Mar. 27, 2013
SML Group, Nordic ID Join Forces
The companies are partnering to offer a new range of cost-effective RFID applications designed for the apparel retail and brand-owner supply chain markets.
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Mar. 26, 2013
Russia's Tag Company Reaches for a Worldwide Audience
Mikron, which makes Moscow Metro's RFID-enabled subway tickets, is marketing its HF and UHF passive tags through new distributor GoGlobal, with a focus on logistics and retail applications.
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Mar. 25, 2013
Marks & Spencer Rolls Out RFID to All Its Stores
The U.K. retailer is updating its radio frequency identification technology as it moves to tag all apparel and hard goods.
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Mar. 24, 2013
Signs of Momentum for RFID
Anecdotal information suggests that adoption is beginning to accelerate in retail and other sectors.
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Mar. 23, 2013
Invengo Launches Production of NFC Tags
The Chinese RFID firm's first pair of Near Field Communication products signals its plans to diversify its portfolio to meet market demand for NFC tags for posters, payments and gaming cards. During the past 12 months, the company's sales have increased by 100 percent, with hundreds of millions of tags—mostly in the retail and apparel sector—sold in the Americas and Asia.
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Mar. 22, 2013
Centre for Retail Research Issues New Retail Theft Report
In 2011, more than 78 percent of retail shrinkage—losses caused by theft and fraud, as well as procedural failures and accounting—was due to shoplifting by dishonest customers or retail employees, according to the 2013 edition of the "Global Retail Theft Barometer," an annual study conducted by the Centre for Retail Research and underwritten by Checkpoint Systems, a supplier of electronic article surveillance (EAS) and radio frequency identification systems.
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Mar. 22, 2013
Vietnam's Ho Tram Beach Resort Automates Uniform Management With RFID
InvoTech Systems, a provider of linen and uniform inventory-control solutions for hotels, casinos, resorts, theme parks and sports arenas, has announced that the resort is using InvoTech's RFID Uniform Tracking System to automate the management of uniforms for its staff of 2,400 employees.
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Mar. 21, 2013
International RFID Institute Prepares Certification Program
The nonprofit group intends to develop tests focused on the fundamental information necessary for all RFID professionals, while also supporting education and research for members of the industry.
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Mar. 20, 2013
Fashion Retailer C&A Extends RFID Project to 25 Stores in Germany
The company's focus will be on the optimization of stock flow and data security.
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Mar. 18, 2013
Avery Dennison Delivers Its Smartest Item-Level Markdown Technology
At Retail Business Technology Expo 2013, the company's Retail Branding and Information Solutions division introduced the Pathfinder 6140 Printer, the latest in its line of one-piece, scan-print-and-apply price-marking technologies.
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Mar. 17, 2013
Truecount Corp. Announces Traditional and Cloud-Based
"Software as a Service" for Item-Level RFID

The company is introducing a new SaaS pricing and deployment model that places inventory visibility and all other RFID benefits within the reach of any size retailer.
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Mar. 16, 2013
Source Tagging Gains Steam in Retail and Medical
In order for RFID to firmly take hold in the retail sector, it's imperative that products are tagged at the point of manufacture. Source tagging is becoming more common as big retailers issue mandates to manufactures, and as vendors realize that they can benefit from tagging all products, as opposed to partial lots.
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Mar. 14, 2013
StorefrontBacktalk Gets Its RFID Facts Wrong—Again
The retail-focused Web site incorrectly says Costco believes item-level RFID isn't viable.
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Mar. 12, 2013
Retailers Cite RFID in Year-End Financial Reports
American Apparel and Sears are two companies that have let shareholders know they are investing in radio frequency identification.
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Mar. 8, 2013
RFID News Roundup:
HID Global Introduces RFID-enabled Laundry Tag

The SlimFlex Laundry tag is capable of withstanding the chemical exposure and high temperatures of repeated commercial washing, drying and pressing cycles, as well as sterilization procedures.
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Mar. 7, 2013
RFID in the Race to Integrated Retailing
Whether a company's focus is on in-store experience or omnichannel fulfillment, RFID can help, while paving the way to a fully integrated shopping experience.
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Mar. 6, 2013
Handheld RFID Scanners Help Clothing Retailers Control Inventory
DAILY RFID has released a series of handhelds designed to facilitate the management of the clothing supply chain, as well as help retailers boost business.
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Mar. 5, 2013
New RFID Button Tags for Laundry and Apparel Management
DAILY RFID's button tag series facilitates the growth of the apparel industry, and helps to improve the efficiency of laundry management.
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Mar. 3, 2013
RFID News Roundup: Swedish DYI Retailer Installs
RF-enabled E-paper for Digital Product Pricing, Inventory

The home-improvement retailer Fredells Byggvaruhus has implemented an RF-enabled electronic paper solution provided by Breece System, designed to automate shelf-level product information and improve daily operations.
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Feb. 28, 2013
Bloomingdale's Tops Keynote Speaker Lineup at LIVE! 2013
The company, along with Carrier, BP, Vail Resorts and EADS, will offer a presentation at this year's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition. Topics will include the retailer's RFID journey from concept to rollout. Attendees will hear where the technology can deliver value for retailers, as well as the facts every company must know in order to deploy the technology successfully.
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Feb. 27, 2013
RFID Strips Guesswork from the Dressing Room
Common People's RFID applications give patrons instant access to information, traditionally only available in e-commerce, while simultaneously providing all of the benefits of an in-store shopping experience.
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Feb. 26, 2013
Handheld RFID Scanners Help Clothing Retailers
Control Inventory Easily

Daily RFID has released a series of handheld scanners to facilitate the management of the clothing supply chain, and help retailers boost business.
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Feb. 25, 2013
SML Group Expands Into Inlay Design and Production With
Launch of Three New UHF RFID Inlays, Aimed at Global
Retail Apparel and Textile Markets

The global brand-identification solutions provider, which supplies tags, swing tickets and labels to the retail apparel industry, has announced the opening of a new inlay production center at its CGP facility in North Carolina. The new high-tech facility will produce inlays designed and developed at SML's Chinese and U.S. technical labs.
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Feb. 22, 2013
RFID News Roundup: Port Logistics Group Deploying
Tagsys' RFID Solutions for Its Retail and Apparel Clients

The two companies, a provider of gateway logistics services and a supplier of item-level inventory-management systems, have announced a partnership to enable RFID solutions for Port Logistics Group's customers at its U.S. gateway facilities in New Jersey and in Long Beach, California.
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Feb. 20, 2013
Smart Personlization: Burberry Prorsum's Fall 2013 Collection
RFID enables customers to order coats and accessories from the runway, have garments personalized with bespoke nameplates, interact with in-store displays and more.
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Feb. 19, 2013
Move to 0HIO
Retailers should let RFID do its job.
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Feb. 19, 2013
RFID-Labeling Apparel Items
Here's how to set up your printer-encoder software.
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Feb. 19, 2013
Easing the Way for Tagging Items
The University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center's compliance program aims to ensure that RFID transponders will work in retail stores.
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Feb. 19, 2013
J.C. Penney Pauses RFID Efforts
A troubling decline in sales has had an impact on the retailer's RFID rollout.
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Feb. 19, 2013
Kinect Gives RFID Another Pair of Eyes
Complementary technologies could boost confidence in RFID visibility solutions.
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Feb. 18, 2013
Port Logistics Selects Tagsys RFID for Apparel Retailers
Port Logistics Group, a provider of gateway logistics services, and Tagsys RFID, a supplier of item-level inventory-management systems designed to streamline the supply chain, have announced a strategic partnership to enable RFID solutions for Port Logistics Group's customers at its U.S. gateway facilities.
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Feb. 17, 2013
Burberry Launches Interactive Clothing at London Fashion Week
One of Britain’s oldest fashion brands has launched another interactive catwalk feature at London Fashion Week. Digital chips have been embedded in its clothing to let fashionistas access bespoke video content about the product’s lifecycle, in the hope that it will get them to pre-order on the spot.
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Feb. 15, 2013
RFID News Roundup: U.K. Retailer Trials ZBD's
Electronic Signs, Displays

John Lewis, one of the United Kingdom's largest department store retailers, is trialing an electronic-paper solution in its new shop in Exeter.
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Feb. 14, 2013
RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 to Feature Retail Apparel
Demonstrations in Exhibit Hall

The University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center will show how retailers and suppliers can benefit from RFID applications.
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Feb. 12, 2013
Liquid Lemon Links South Africans to Social Media
The company offers RFID-based solutions in South Africa that enable users to share photos and "likes" via Facebook, Twitter and similar sites; clients include Sunglass Hut.
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Feb. 11, 2013
With Stylinity in the Limelight, Sharing With Friends
Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

Stylinity.com uses RFID to allow shoppers to search photographs that others have shared. Each article of clothing is tagged with RFID, which is read by a reader located inside the Style Stage.
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Feb. 5, 2013
Chinese Apparel Factory Improves Efficiency Via
80,000 Tag Reads Daily

Affirm Heart attaches a passive tag to each piece of fabric, so that it can monitor the manufacturing of tens of thousands of garments each day.
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Feb. 1, 2013
SML Group Announces New Tags, Production Center
The Hong Kong-based company has opened a new facility in North Carolina, to enable the rapid growth of its business in supplying RFID tags for the apparel industry, and has released three new EPC RFID inlays designed for fast encoding and read sensitivity.
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Jan. 31, 2013
AAFA Releases New Corporate Social Responsibility Resources
The American Apparel & Footwear Association has released three new resources designed to assist U.S. apparel and footwear companies as they navigate mounting social responsibility reporting requirements and other important social responsibility concerns within the global apparel and footwear industry supply chain.
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Jan. 30, 2013
J.C. Penney Defers Its RFID Dreams
Six months after its CEO announced plans to use RFID tags for 100 percent of its goods by February 2013, the retailer now says that it will restrict tagging to only a few merchandise categories, in order to reduce costs.
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Jan. 28, 2013
Item-Level Tagging Exploding in Apparel Retail
There was strong enthusiasm for RFID among attendees at the NRF Big Show. From Marks & Spencer deploying RFID for all apparel and home goods products at its 700 stores, to a host of smaller deals, the sentiment is strong that 2013 is the year for RFID and retail.
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Jan. 25, 2013
Intelligent UHF RFID Inlay Tags Help Apparel
Companies to Usher in a New Era

The RFID products manufacturer has released a series of inlay tags designed for the garment industry, to help companies improve management transparency and efficiency.
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Jan. 24, 2013
RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 to Feature Nine Preconference
and Four New Post-conference Seminars

The company's 11th annual conference and exhibition will include seminars and workshops focused on RFID's use in various industries.
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Jan. 23, 2013
Chico's RFID Vision Disclosed
Although item-level apparel inventory tagging is the sweet spot for RFID, there are also use cases for the technology in loss prevention, enabling omnichannel operations and shedding light on fitting-room conversion rates; in addition, RFID can help to speed up the checkout process, since all items are read simultaneously instead of each individual bar code being scanned.
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Jan. 21, 2013
Façonnable Adopts RFID Across the Globe
The international high-end clothing designer is installing Tagsys' FiTS solution at 70 stores and three distribution centers, to provide supply chain visibility, fast point-of-sale processing and security at the store doors.
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Jan. 18, 2013
B:MING Clothing Stores Try RFID
A solution from Fujitsu enables the Japanese retailer to track inventory from its distribution centers to its stores, and to increase efficiency at the point of sale by reading the tags of goods sold.
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Jan. 17, 2013
RFID News Roundup: Schneider Moden Adopts Enso Detego
RFID Software at Its Gerry Weber Stores

Enso Detego, a provider of RFID solutions for supply chain management in the apparel and retail market, has announced that Schneider-Moden, a German fashion retailer, has implemented its Detego Basic Store software to track garments labeled with EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID tags.
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Jan. 17, 2013
RFID News Roundup: Intermec Enhances 70 Series Mobile
Computers With Integrated RFID

The company has announced that it now offers fully integrated UHF RFID readers with no external antennas in its CK70, CN70 and CN70e mobile computers, supporting medium- to long-range read distances, and optimized to read one or multiple tags in support of inventory- and asset-tracking applications in retail and other sectors.
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Jan. 17, 2013
RFID News Roundup: U.K. Retailer Marks & Spencer
Expands RFID Program With Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison's Retail Branding and Information Solutions division has announced that its nine-year partnership to supply radio frequency identification equipment to U.K. retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has been extended.
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Jan. 16, 2013
NRF 102: Session Highlights With Macy's, Walmart,
Brooks Brothers and More

For those who didn't make it to the National Retail Federation's annual convention and expo this year, Apparel magazine helps readers catch up on some quick hits and highlights.
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Jan. 15, 2013
Marks & Spencer Expands RFID Program With Avery Dennison
At the NRF 102nd Annual Convention & EXPO, Avery Dennison announced an expansion of its nine-year RFID supply partnership with Marks & Spencer PLC, a leading U.K.-based apparel and food retailer.
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Jan. 15, 2013
TradeCard Displaying Power of RFID at NRF Show
The company, which provides a supply chain collaboration and global trade platform used by more than 10,000 retailers, brands, manufacturers and service providers, is showcasing the power of RFID scanning and packing at the factory during the National Retail Federation (NRF) show, being held this week at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, in New York.
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Jan. 14, 2013
Top Retailers Continue to Deploy RFID Solutions From Tyco
Tyco Retail Solutions' RFID inventory-tracking solutions have been installed at more than 1,000 stores.
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Jan. 13, 2013
Avery Dennison Provides Smart Item-Level Markdown Technology
The company's Pathfinder 6140 system uses the intelligence of smart devices to drive sales lift and save labor costs through more effective markdowns.
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Jan. 12, 2013
Façonnable, Tagsys Roll Out RFID Fashion
Inventory-Management System Deployment

Tagsys has announced that it is rolling out a global deployment of its integrated RFID Fashion-item Tracking System with one of the world's top fashion brands. The implementation includes more than 70 branded retail stores, distribution centers on two continents, integration with third-party logistics suppliers, and 100 percent coverage of the millions of items being sold by Façonnable and its retail partners.
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Jan. 11, 2013
Apparel RFID Industry to Grow at Double
the Rate of Overall RFID Market

According to new IDTechEx analysis, the systems and tag business concerned with apparel RFID will grow at double the rate of the overall RFID market through the next ten years.
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Jan. 10, 2013
RFID News Roundup: InvoTech Systems' RFID Solution Tracks
Uniforms at Santa Ana Star Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Boston

The company recently announced that two hospitality companies are new adopters of its RFID-enabled solution designed to track and manage employee uniforms: Santa Ana Star Casino and luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental, Boston.
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Jan. 10, 2013
RFID News Roundup: Truecount Unveils New Channel
Program, J.D. Associates Joins as Reseller

The company has announced its Channel First Program, as well as a reseller agreement with J.D. Associates, a systems integrator and provider of point-of-sale and enterprise resource planning software solutions for the retail industry.
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Jan. 7, 2013
RFID Eliminates Shrinkage at Borsheims' Jewelry Store
The Berkshire Hathaway-owned retailer is using TJS' ZeroShrink software and RFID technology to capture daily inventory counts and sales data for watches and high-value jewelry.
arrow Read article.


Jan. 5, 2013
Predictions for RFID in 2013
It will be another year of steady progress and consolidation.
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Jan. 3, 2013
2012: A Year of Progress
End users rolled out new RFID applications and expanded existing deployments in retail and other industries. The technology continued to improve, and there were some major acquisitions.
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Jan. 2, 2013
UHF Gen 2 RFID Reader-Writer Supports Power-over-Ethernet
GAO RFID is offering a Gen 2 RFID reader-writer with 4 antenna ports that employs PoE to simplify deployment and reduce costs, by eliminating the need for AC outlet installation at read points.
arrow Read article.


Jan. 1, 2013
Smartrac Launches Inlay for Item-Level Tagging
The new inlay can function on a range of products, from denim to kitchen electrics, while maintaining a small form factor.
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Dec. 21, 2012
R-pac Offers Small EPC UHF Label With Long Range Read
Macy's, JC Penney and other major retailers have already tested the new labels, made with Smartrac's new WebLite inlay.
arrow Read article.


Dec. 20, 2012
Impinj Monza 5 Chips Boost Item-Level Tracking Applications
In a recent webinar, George Dyche, Avery Dennison's director of RFID product line management, presented details of five RFID tags that the company launched to take advantage of the Impinj Monza 5 tag chip, targeting a variety of item-level tagging applications, including retail apparel.
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Dec. 18, 2012
Apparel RFID 2013-2023
The RFID tagging of apparel is now the largest and fastest-growing application of RFID in retailing, the retail supply chain and associated industries. About 100 organizations are tagging apparel in trials and rollouts. Just two will buy 500 million tags annually. According to new analysis from IDTechEx, the systems and tag business concerned with apparel RFID will grow at double the rate of the overall RFID market through the next ten years.
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Dec. 17, 2012
RFID Journal LIVE! 2013 to Feature IEEE RFID 2013 Colocated Event
The 11th annual conference and exhibition will host the IEEE Technical Committee's RFID event for the fifth year running.
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Dec. 16, 2012
It's Time for CEOs to Take the Lead
We've had a decade of learning how to deploy RFID, thanks to the efforts of retailers and other companies. Now, corporate leaders must develop an enterprise strategy for implementing the technology, to ensure their companies will be competitive—and successful—in the future.
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Dec. 14, 2012
Imec Paves the Way for Intelligent Item-Level
RFID Tagging to Replace Bar Codes

At the IEEE International Electron Devices Meeting, the company presented its UHF Schottky diode, based on amorphous IGZO (Indium-Gallium-Zinc Oxide) as semiconductor. This will enable the development of thin-film passive UHF RFID tags to replace item-level bar codes, for use in retail and other sectors.
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Dec. 11, 2012
Avery Dennison Expands Its Monza 5 Tag Family
Three new tags join two existing models—all made with Impinj's Monza 5 chip—resulting in a lineup intended to provide greater versatility with a variety of sizes and, in some cases, longer read ranges. These new tags are suitable for a variety of applications, including item-level apparel tracking.
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Dec. 9, 2012
Omnichannel Retailing
You can't do it without RFID.
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Dec. 8, 2012
What Retailers Need to Know About Smart Fixtures, Shelves and Labels
Innovative in-store RFID solutions provide a convenient and cost-effective way to manage fast-selling items and frequent price changes.
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Dec. 7, 2012
RFID as a Disruptive Technology
Bill Hardgrave makes the case that companies can get the most value out of RFID by using it to disrupt the competition.
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Dec. 6, 2012
The Secret Life of RFID
Retailers that don't reveal information about their deployments are slowing adoption and reducing their own ability to benefit from the technology.
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Dec. 6, 2012
It's Time for CEOs to Take the Lead
We've had a decade of learning how to deploy RFID. Now, corporate leaders must develop an enterprise strategy for implementing the technology, to ensure their companies will be competitive—and successful—in the future.
arrow Read article.


Dec. 5, 2012
RFID Journal Seeks Nominees for Its Seventh Annual Industry Awards
The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, with winners to be announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2013, scheduled for Apr. 30 to May 2, in Orlando, Fla.
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Dec. 4, 2012
Tagit-EAS, Truecount Work on Circumvention Resistant RFID Tag
The two companies plan to release the multifunction tag—which combines EPC RFID with EM-based electronic article surveillance—by mid-January, as well as software to manage data collected by both technologies.
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Dec. 4, 2012
U.S. Retailers Expect $9 Billion in Theft During Holidays
A new report claims RFID could reduce losses by several billion dollars.
arrow Read article.


Dec. 3, 2012
RFID Journal LIVE! Europe—UK Report
At RFID Journal's first event in London, presenters explained how businesses can employ radio frequency identification technologies for a variety of applications in retail, manufacturing, supply chain and marketing. View the presentations from the event.
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Dec. 3, 2012
RFID in Brazil
RFID Journal's inaugural event in that country revealed great enthusiasm for the technology. In particular, Brazilian retailers are embracing RFID.
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Nov. 29, 2012
RFID News Roundup: NFC-Enabled Mobile Payments
Coming to Australia

The Vodafone SmartPass app will be accepted at hundreds of thousands of payWave-enabled contactless terminals across Australia and around the world, including large retailers Coles, Woolworths, JB Hifi, McDonalds and Bunnings Warehouse.
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Nov. 29, 2012
RFID News Roundup: Tagonic Kicks Off Contest
for NFC-Driven Interactive Campaigns

The provider of services designed to help companies create and implement interactive campaigns is calling on retailers and other customers to offer ideas regarding how to use Near Field Communication RFID technology to drive consumer engagement.
arrow Read article.


Nov. 28, 2012
Europe: RFID Market Set for Swift Growth
The European radio frequency identification market is set to explode, with forecasts suggesting it will be worth $3.2 billion in 2017, up from $289.6 million in 2011.
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Nov. 26, 2012
Tagsys Releases Two Small Long-Range Passive UHF Tags
One of the new tags is designed to harvest RF energy from the products to which it is attached, thereby boosting performance; the other, measuring 7 millimeters, is built to withstand laundry and sterilization process.
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Nov. 20, 2012
New-Generation Tool to Boost Clothing Sales for Retailers
A new solution from Daily RFID can help companies greatly enhance their inventory control.
arrow Read release.


Nov. 18, 2012
RFID Moves Into Fashion Retail
On Feb. 19-21, 2013, EuroCIS, a trade fair for retail technology, will be held in Düsseldorf. Approximately 240 exhibitors from 25 nations will present their latest retail-specific solutions at the event.
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Nov. 15, 2012
RFID Garment Tags—Durable to Benefit Clothing Management
Tag manufacturer Daily RFID Co. has announced its latest tags, designed to meet the huge demands of the garment market.
arrow Read product description.


Nov. 13, 2012
RFID Vehicle Hang Tag
This tag, from William Frick & Co., can be hung from a rear-view mirror, enabling users to track and identify vehicles entering and exiting parking lots, gated communities and other locations. The tag's unique RFID information can be from a distance. This removable, reusable tag is designed for temporary access-control applications in which a tag's permanent attachment to a windshield would not be feasible.
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Nov. 13, 2012
Checkpoint Systems Partners With ECR Europe and the
University of Leicester for a Four-Year Study on Shrinkage

New research projects planned for the next four years will aim to transform the understanding of loss in the retail community.
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Nov. 13, 2012
Checkpoint Systems Launches Enhanced Performance Label
for Shoe Source Tagging and Improved On-Shelf Availability

The global supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions for the retail industry has announced the introduction of its 2815 Enhanced Performance Shoe Label, a small security label integrated into footwear during the shoe manufacturing process.
arrow Read article.


Nov. 12, 2012
The Many Faces of RFID: Macy's and Beyond
RFID hasn't had the clearest path to adoption over the past 10 years, but technology advancements and market evolution clearly have it heading to a bright future.
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Nov. 10, 2012
Traffic Trackers
In the world of apparel, your speed to market can mean the difference between a big success and a dismal failure. At American Apparel, the value of moving quickly is a mantra throughout the enterprise—very much including the information technology department, under the leadership of CTO Stacey Shulman.
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Nov. 8, 2012
Tagsys Demonstrates RFID Innovation at MIT Enterprise Forum
The company, a provider of item-level inventory-management systems that streamline the supply chain, demonstrated the technical innovation and business benefits of its patented UHF RFID solution at an MIT Enterprise Forum event on Nov. 5. The event, titled "Disruptive Innovation: Impact of Long-range RFID & Sensors on Internet of Things," featured presentations covering the latest RFID developments and use cases.
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Nov. 6, 2012
Tools for UHF Deployments
A video shot at our London event shows how the Power Mapper and Power Ranger, from ePix Ltd., can help you "see" radio waves.
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Nov. 5, 2012
About RFID and Your Garbage
A recent article published on Slate.com suggests that radio frequency identification will make it easy for criminals or marketers to scan your trash and know what you purchased. Here's why you have nothing to worry about.
arrow Read article.


Nov. 3, 2012
Canadian Leather Retailer Pilots RFID for Replenishment Visibility
Danier Leather is testing a Truecount UHF Gen 2 system at three of its stores to track when goods are received on the sales floor, as well as when they are sold, and to automatically alert employees when an item needs to be replenished.
arrow Read article.


Nov. 2, 2012
RFID Adding to Some Bottom Lines
Checkpoint Systems and Avery Dennison have reported that revenue from RFID products is growing.
arrow Read article.


Nov. 1, 2012
NXP Releases New NFC Tag Chips for New Applications
The company's NTAG21x series supports such functions as tracking which tags have been accessed by retail consumers, off-line authentication via a digital signature and the ability for a tag to count the number of times it is read.
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Oct. 31, 2012
Real-Time Inventory Visibility Is in Fashion
This industry brief, from Motorola Solutions, explains how to ensure that the right product is available for your customers at the proper time.
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Oct. 31, 2012
RFID Technology Makes Restocking Retail Stores Easier
Some of the latest technological developments are making it easier for retailers to know when it's time to restock a product, track their logistical operations and better serve shoppers. One of the newest trends retailers are jumping on is RFID.
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Oct. 30, 2012
American Apparel Arrests Shrink With RFID and Analytics
A combination of item-level RFID, advanced video analytics solutions and process improvements created a dramatic turnaround in shrinkage and productivity numbers for a 10-store region of American Apparel locations. The retailer has been using these tools as part of chainwide efforts that have also improved conversion rates and labor productivity.
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Oct. 29, 2012
LAB ID Launches UHF RFID Inlay for Apparel Hangtags
The UH4411 inlay is intended for use along the entire apparel supply chain, from warehouse to store.
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Oct. 28, 2012
Avery Dennison's Apparel RFID Sales Grow by 70 Percent
Item-level tagging in the apparel sector is carrying the torch for the industry and serving as a trailblazer for other industries to adopt the technology. That growth in RFID apparel tagging was magnified when Avery Dennison released its third-quarter earnings report for the quarter of 2012.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 27, 2012
Truecount Announces Pilot Test of Its RFID Software With Canadian Retailer of Leather Goods
Danier Leather is testing Truecount's RFID software at three of its retail locations.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 26, 2012
RFID News Roundup: Kiddicare Installs ZBD's RFID-based
E-paper and Electronic Shelf Displays

ZBD has announced that Kiddicare, a baby-equipment retailer headquartered in the United Kingdom, has rolled out its e-paper system across its entire retail operations. The solution is designed to replace traditional paper labeling, providing retailers with a cost-effective and efficient way to manage pricing, product and promotional information at the point of purchase.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 26, 2012
RFID News Roundup: CAEN RFID Intros Wearable
Handheld UHF Reader With Bluetooth Support

The supplier of ultrahigh-frequency systems is introducing its qID Model R1240I, a Bluetooth-enabled wearable handheld RFID reader compliant with the ISO 18000-6C and EPC Gen 2 standards, designed for a variety of applications, including fashion and retail.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 25, 2012
Daily RFID Co. Offers Contactless RFID Costume-Hanging Tags
The company, located in China, is manufacturing garment tags utilizing UHF RFID technology, for the purpose of inventory management.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 24, 2012
Monnalisa Tags 50 Percent of Apparel Inventory
The producer and retailer of clothing and accessories for children has reached its goal for 2012 of tagging half of the apparel items it produces.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 23, 2012
U.K. and Norway Events to Explore RFID's Benefits
Two upcoming RFID Journal conferences, taking place in London and Oslo, are set to help clothing brands and retailers understand the benefits of radio frequency identification technology.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 22, 2012
Fujitsu Streamlines Japan Fashion and Apparel Industry
The firm has announced that it is providing a full-scale RFID solution at several BEAMS retail outlets to streamline its operations, from the back-office at the company's headquarters to the front lines of its retail stores.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 20, 2012
Using RFID and Bar Codes Together
By starting with the right data format, it's easy to achieve interoperability in business applications.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 17, 2012
RFID Technology Deployed at New Beams Retail Stores to Streamline Operations
Fujitsu has announced that it has worked with Beams to develop a system for the company's new line of retail stores, B:Ming Life Store. Beams has deployed the new solutions at two stores that opened in September, and also plans to implement it at three additional locations slated to open this year.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 16, 2012
Registration Now Open for RFID Journal LIVE! 2013
RFID Journal's 11th annual conference will feature more than 50 case studies presented by leading end users, as well as solutions from more than 200 technology companies, and will feature a retail and apparel conference track.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 15, 2012
Tracking Your Competitors
Why you should care where you are in the RFID adoption phase.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 12, 2012
Murata Mass-Produces 'World's Smallest HF Tag'
The 3.2-millimeter tag can be attached to a range of objects, enabling the item-level tracking of goods via an NFC-enabled phone or other reader compliant with the ISO 15693 standard.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 11, 2012
RFID News Roundup: Internet of Things Gains
Real-World Traction, According to New Study

A survey commissioned by Zebra Technologies indicates that the Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer a concept, but a reality that is improving global enterprises' operations. Forrester Research conducted the survey during the first half of 2012, through online interviews of IT executives at 646 global enterprises representing primary operations in 11 countries, in retail and other sectors.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 10, 2012
Tracking Your Competitors
Why you should care where you are in the RFID adoption phase.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 9, 2012
Europe Is Rolling Out RFID
In the midst of a financial crisis, many companies in myriad industries are investing in the technology to boost profits.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 8, 2012
U.S. Clothing Retail Sees Growth Despite Looming Headwinds
Clothing retailers in the United States look set to see growth continue into the holiday season, despite economic and political uncertainty continuing to hang over forecasts.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 6, 2012
FineLine Launches NFC RFID Tag and Label Service Bureau
The company's customers can place an order online for NFC labels encoded with IDs linked to a URL, or other content or services, such as verifying that product is genuine.
arrow Read article.


Oct. 4, 2012
Motorola Solutions Acquires Psion
Integration of the two companies began today. According to a letter sent to Psion's customers, there will be no immediate changes to account management, the partners that serve customers or the products and services received.
arrow Read letter.


Oct. 2, 2012
RFID Beyond Retail Apparel: The Next Big Opportunities
Retail apparel tagging is trailblazing a path for overall RFID adoption. For every retailer like Macy's that has gone public with its plan for deploying RFID, there are likely two more in stealth mode, preparing for a full rollout.
arrow Read press release.


Sept. 30, 2012
Tagsys Heads Up Largest Collaborative R&D Initiative With
Multi-Billion-Dollar SPINNAKER Program

The provider of item-level inventory-management systems has announced that it is heading a $32 million global collaborative RFID R&D program known as SPINNAKER, which aims to transform the state of the art in RFID-based systems and enable more widespread adoption of the technology, particularly in the retail and health-care sectors.
arrow Read press release.


Sept. 29, 2012
Walki Group's Pioneering Passive RFID Antenna Manufacturing Technology
Holds Tremendous Market Potential, Notes Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan has presented the company with its 2012 European Frost & Sullivan Award for Technology Innovation, for developing a unique manufacturing technology that lowers material costs and speeds up manufacturing process in an environment-friendly manner. This technology benefits end users in item-level apparel tracking and other applications.
arrow Read press release.


Sept. 28, 2012
RFID News Roundup: TracTech Systems Announces
New Handheld RFID Reader for Jewelry Industry

The provider of RFID-enabled jewelry inventory-management technology has announced a new handheld UHF EPC Gen 2-based RFID reader designed to offer jewelry manufacturers, distributors and retailers the ability to easily capture item information from items on shelves, in displays or at workstations while conducting store inventory counts.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 27, 2012
RFID Plays Matchmaker to Socks
An online clothing company named Blacksocks has introduced tagged men's dress socks, along with an RFID reader and an iPhone app, to simplify the process of pairing them up.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 25, 2012
RFID's Killer App: Sock Sorting
A Swiss company is selling socks containing NFC tags that let a wearer match pairs perfectly, as well as keep track of where socks have been.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 22, 2012
California Sporting Goods Retailer Gains Visibility With RFID
Mammoth Outdoor Sports uses the technology to merge its Internet and retail store inventories, and to gain a daily report regarding which products are at its warehouse and stores, or at exhibitions.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 21, 2012
CGS to Sponsor Apparel Executive Forum in Louisiana
Computer Generated Solutions, a global provider of technology solutions, has announced that it will sponsor the event on Oct. 1-3, in New Orleans.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 21, 2012
Burberry Goes Digital
A British fashion giant is banking on technology to lure back customers.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 20, 2012
Retailers Need to Choose RFID Partners Carefully
A company's key relationship is with the company providing consulting, integration and software.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 20, 2012
RFID News Roundup:
Printronix Unveils Short-Pitch RFID Technology for Thermal Printer

Less expensive tags means companies can now afford to tag and track inventory at the item level, and potentially save thousands of dollars in lost inventory.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 19, 2012
RFID for Better Store-Level Inventory Replenishment
(and Other Retail Use Cases)

Leslie Hand reviews a quick list of qualities that retailers should identify in technology partners that support their RFID-enablement efforts.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 18, 2012
Case Study: Tracking Inventory of Goods in Sports
Retail Store With RFID Software

Mammoth Outdoor Sports, a three-store chain, has deployed RFID technology to bring its inventory under control, and to cut its losses.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 17, 2012
RFID: How Do They Do It?
The popular television series recently focused on how Gerry Weber International is using radio frequency identification to track clothing.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 14, 2012
RFID in Apparel Soars to New Heights
This guest blog from Per H. Levin, Checkpoint Systems' president, examines why RFID in the retail apparel sector is finally soaring to new heights, and why many experts believe the apparel industry is now poised to become RFID’s growth engine in 2012 and beyond.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 12, 2012
Apparel RFID 2013-2023
Reportlinker.com has announced that a new market-research report is available in its catalog, from IDTechEx, containing detailed sector analysis and ten-year forecasts.
arrow Read press release.


Sept. 11, 2012
RFID Connect Product Details: HID Global's LogiButton Tag
With a specially engineered housing and a button form-factor design, the LogiButton tag is suitable for a variety textile-identification applications. The tag is virtually indistinguishable from standard buttons, and can be sewn onto clothing with the same stitching equipment and processes used for standard buttons. This feature enables the tagging of laundry already containing buttons, such as uniform shirts, pants and jackets.
arrow Read RFID Connect entry. | Read press release.


Sept. 10, 2012
Retail Big-Data Startup Competition
The Auto-ID Labs at MIT is sponsoring a contest to create a prototype for a retail application leveraging big data to improve the retail demand chain.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 9, 2012
New Product: UHF Semi-passive Temperature-Logger Tag
GAO RFID's new tag provides a large memory capacity (up to 8000 temperature samples), with programmable sampling times.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 6, 2012
RFID Moves Seamlessly Into a Sewn-on Fashion Label
The benefits of RFID in the apparel supply chain are well documented, helping to improve everything from inventory visibility to the prevention of theft. But now a new woven label takes this to the next, logical step, by incorporating the technology seamlessly into a sewn-on brand label.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 4, 2012
Retailers Recognize the Problem—Not the Solution, Part 2
A study conducted by Retail Systems Research indicates that retailers see the value of visibility, but don't recognize that RFID can deliver it.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 3, 2012
Out-of-Stocks: An XL Problem for Apparel Retailers
The Champs Sports chain uses item-level RFID to gain better visibility into its back-room inventory.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 2, 2012
Retailers Hail Benefits of New Label Technologies
Major clothing retailers are benefiting in significant ways from the new data-collection and -management options offered by new technology in labels, especially regarding radio frequency identification tags.
arrow Read article.


Sept. 1, 2012
RFID Technology Gets Increasingly Sophisticated
Despite the increasing number of rollouts of RFID item-level tagging by such retail giants as Walmart, JCPenney, Marks & Spencer, and Li & Fung, the price of RFID inlays has not budged.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 30, 2012
RFID and The Big Bang Theory
The TV series popularizes a potential consumer application of radio frequency identification technology—tagging clothing.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 23, 2012
LANSA Launches SA2 Worldsync Certified PIM Solution
for Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Enabling end-to-end synchronization of product data across an entire supply chain, the company's Product Information Management (PIM) is poised to expedite adoption for the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN).
arrow Read article.


Aug. 21, 2012
New UHF RFID Tag by GAO for Textiles and Garment Sector
The company is offering a flexible and durable laundry tag that allows simultaneous reading. Its small, soft and flexible material makes it suitable for textiles, clothing, garments and accessories.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 20, 2012
The Unusual Catalyst for New Aggressive RFID Push by JCPenney
The move is about customer experience, not inventory, but the backstory is the CEO's new pricing strategy fail.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 20, 2012
Top Three Reasons Manufacturers Need
to Think About Item-level RFID (Again)

For a variety of reasons, widespread acceptance and adoption of item-level RFID in the manufacturing sector has been somewhat elusive. Is all that about to change?
arrow Read article.


Aug. 20, 2012
T-Mobile Austria Updates Prices Wirelessly
Thanks to RFID-based electronic shelf displays, the company can change product information across all of its retail stores in an instant.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 19, 2012
Bar Coding and RFID Enable Food Supply Chain Traceability and Safety
Momentum is growing to implement whole-chain traceability, which includes internal and external visibility, from the grower through the distributor, and on to the retailer. Organisations can take advantage of bar code and RFID technologies to improve safety, reduce operating expenses, meet compliance requirements and improve efficiency.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 17, 2012
American Apparel Raises Forecast Despite Q2 Loss
The retailer has enforced tighter inventory-management systems through an RFID program, and is in the midst of a store renovation process, with about 70 outlets still to be revamped.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 15, 2012
JCPenney CEO Says Retailer Going All in on RFID, Perhaps With Significant Impact on the Industry
The strategy is focused more on customer experience than inventory.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 13, 2012
Getting Ready for the Future Supply Chain
RFID Forum 2012, hosted by the University of Arkansas, offers an opportunity to see the new RFID Research Center lab and learn about item-level deployments.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 10, 2012
Tagsys Expands Apparel RFID Deployment Team
The company has made two senior appointments on the back of rising demand for its smart-inventory and loss-management systems within the retail and luxury sectors.
arrow Read press release.


Aug. 9, 2012
Dublino & Tripp to Expand Tagsys' FiTS in U.S. Market
The provider of item-level inventory-management systems that streamline the supply chain has announced two new additions to its U.S.-based organization, in response to accelerating demand for smart-inventory and loss-management systems within the retail and luxury sectors.
arrow Read press release.


Aug. 8, 2012
Truecount Launches 'RFID in a Briefcase' Solution
to Simplify Retailers' Deployments

The company has released RFID 2-GO, a complete EPC Gen 2 system loaded into a case, enabling small or midsize retailers to begin tracking inventory without installing fixed readers.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 7, 2012
Using Technology to Improve Supplier Integration
An online portal allowed Ingersoll Rand's Trane division to better communicate with its suppliers, according to an article published in CSCMP's Supply Chain Quarterly. The resulting inventory visibility helps to keep its continuous-flow manufacturing lines humming.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 6, 2012
JCPenney Plans to Use RFID to go Cash-Wrap Free by 2014
CEO Ron Johnson is going all in with his bid to remake the customer experience at the century-old department store retailer. A mobile POS deployment, beginning this fall, is just the first step in an ambitious plan involving storewide use of RFID to eliminate traditional cash-wrap stations, allowing "anywhere, anytime" checkout, including self-checkout, by 2014.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 5, 2012
The Biggest Risk When Deploying an RFID System
It depends on the type of project, but for enterprise-wide rollouts, the issue is not the technology.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 4, 2012
Laundry Company Commercializes Its RFID Sortation System
Village Uniform and Linen's system, codeveloped with Datamars, enables industrial laundry companies to track the washing process of customers' uniforms, mats and linens automatically.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 3, 2012
Smaller Urban Stores Need RFID
Less available storage space means getting the correct goods onto a truck and to a store is more crucial, as is replenishment.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 2, 2012
Truecount Introduces Complete Item-Level RFID Capabilities
in a Portable, Easy-to-Deploy "To Go" Briefcase Format

The compact, powerful counting and tracking solution can be deployed in one day or less, providing fast, easy and cost-efficient RFID for retailers and merchandisers, on-site or on the road.
arrow Read press release.


Aug. 2, 2012
Can RFID Make Change for a Penney?
J.C. Penney wants to redefine retail, and wants to base the definition on RFID.
arrow Read article.


Aug. 1, 2012
Checkpoint Systems Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results
The company's RFID merchandise visibility software solution continues to gain traction with major European and American retailers.
arrow Read article.


July 31, 2012
SML Group Buys CGP Labels
The Hong Kong-based company plans to use its acquisition of the U.S. label maker to expand its RFID tag production and R&D capabilities, as well as its global service bureaus.
arrow Read article.


July 29, 2012
Oracle's RFID Platform: Next Big Thing?
While the company is not a name commonly associated with the consumer retail space, a recent partnership with J.C. Penney provides an interesting way to gain forward-edge exposure to that market.
arrow Read article.


July 28, 2012
Cybra Survey Finds 2.5 Times More RFID Users Than in 2008
The RFID software provider discovered that 54 percent of respondents, including apparel and retail companies, are currently utilizing the technology, with 81 percent expecting to recoup their investment within three years.
arrow Read article.


July 27, 2012
Market-Research Firms Predict Strong RFID Growth
for Data Centers, Apparel Sector

A growing number of companies are adopting radio frequency identification technology, and the markets are gaining steam, according to figures released by Frost & Sullivan and IDTechEx.
arrow Read article.


July 26, 2012
Barco Intros New Ultra-Slim UHF RFID Antenna
The European IT solutions provider has announced its new FlexiRay SF-110X antenna, a small, thin UHF antenna that the company describes as an aesthetic and cost-effective option for desktop, access-control, embedded kiosk or smart-rack applications, as well as product traceability and manufacturing.
arrow Read article.


July 22, 2012
Word Is Getting Out About RFID in Retail
Forbes, CNN, and many newspapers and business journals are covering deployments at Macy's and J.C. Penney, showing that the mainstream media finally understands the technology's value.
arrow Read article.


July 19, 2012
J.C. Penney CEO Predicts RFID Will Help Create
a Transformational Shopping Experience

Ron Johnson says he expects that the retailer will start affixing radio frequency identification tags to 100 percent of its merchandise this year, and begin using the technology in 2013 to enable self-checkout.
arrow Read article.


July 19, 2012
RFID News Roundup: Altierre Unveils E-Paper
Product Line of Digital Price Tags, Signs

The supplier of electronic shelf labels and signage has announced the introduction of its E-Paper product family. The company's graphical (dot-matrix) high-resolution E-Paper digital display technology appears as ink on paper, and complements its suite of LCD-based wireless price tags and signs, which the firm introduced in 2008.
arrow Read article.


July 19, 2012
RFID News Roundup: InvoTech Launches Wireless
Handheld RFID Solution for Linens, Uniforms

The provider of linen and uniform inventory-control solutions for hotels, casinos, resorts, theme parks and sports arenas has announced the launch of its new GIMS mobile inventory software for portable ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID handheld readers.
arrow Read article.


July 18, 2012
RFID Market Reaches $7.67 Billion in 2012
In retail, RFID is seeing especially rapid growth for apparel tagging.
arrow Read article.


July 18, 2012
Ubisense Tipped to Cash In on RFID Room
IDTechEx says there is especially rapid growth in the apparel- and animal-tagging sectors.
arrow Read article.


July 17, 2012
Instant Asset Tracking for Enhanced Security Heightens
RFID Usage in Data Centers, Observes Frost & Sullivan

Corporate accountability regulations compel data centers to invest in RFID to maintain and manage their IT assets.
arrow Read press release.

July 15, 2012
Honoring the Life of Gay Whitney
On June 28, the RFID industry lost someone who contributed a great deal to radio frequency identification, says RFID Journal's Mark Roberti, and we owe it to her to pause and reflect on all that she did.
arrow Read article.

July 13, 2012
Encrypt Instead of 'Kill'
A dual-mode EPC RFID tag works in the supply chain and secures data after an item is purchased.
arrow Read article.

July 12, 2012
Bill Hardgrave to Author RFID Journal Magazine Column
The dean of Auburn University's College of Business, and the founder of the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center, will cover a wide range of topics related to radio frequency identification deployments, including apparel retail.
arrow Read article.

July 10, 2012
Retail is Making Item-Level RFID Real
Item-level radio frequency identification is saving retailers the time, labor and mistakes associated with performing physical inventories, and can also help to increase sales.
arrow Read article.

July 9, 2012
Retailers Recognize the Problem—Not the Solution
A study conducted by Retail Systems Research indicates that retailers have in-store issues that RFID can solve, but they don't seem aware of what the technology can do.
arrow Read article.

July 7, 2012
Item-level RFID in Retail
By using an item-level radio frequency identification system, retailers could collect all of the data necessary to keep them running efficiently.
arrow Read article.

July 6, 2012
This Isn't Your Typical RFID Store Pilot
Technology has taken a leading role in moving forward the strategic vision of specialty women's retailer Chico's FAS, which has taken an innovative approach to the technology, enabling it to tackle a significant process problem, while at the same time learning a tremendous amount about RFID.
arrow Read article.

July 6, 2012
University of Parma's RFID Lab Tests RFID Hardware in Apparel Retail
Nordic ID's Morphic UHF RFID Cross Dipole achieved strong results in a fashion pilot conducted by the lab.
arrow Read article.

July 5, 2012
RFID News Roundup: GAO RFID Offers
4-Port Fixed UHF Gen 2 RFID Reader

The company has announced a new ultrahigh-frequency reader with four monostatic antenna ports, compliant with the EPC Class 1 Gen 2 and ISO 186000-6C standards, which can be managed and configured via remote tools providing preconfigured files for simplified setup, thereby making it a cost-effective tool for such business-class applications as item-level inventory management.
arrow Read article.

July 5, 2012
RFID News Roundup: U.S. Retailers Lose Billions to Theft,
But Loss-Prevention Technologies Like RFID Are Helping

A new study conducted by the University of Florida, with a funding grant from ADT Commercial Security, found that U.S. retailers lost more than $34 billion to theft last year, including losses due to shoplifting, employee theft, administrative error and vendor fraud. But the study, titled "The National Retail Security Survey 2011," also determined that theft as a percentage of revenue was 1.41 percent, down from 1.49 percent in the previous findings.
arrow Read article.

July 2, 2012
Will Chip-Based Serialization Lock Suppliers into a Single Chip Vendor?
A recent agreement among chipmakers is designed to enable apparel suppliers and others to use RFID tags with different chips, but you should look at the issues carefully before opting for serialization solutions that employ the tag ID.
arrow Read article.

June 30, 2012
Apparel Industry Expected to Drive Demand for RFID
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, "RFID Market in Apparel Supply Chains," finds that the market earned revenues of $420.6 million in 2010, and estimates that this number will reach $1.5 billion by 2017, with a widespread implementation of RFID technology in the global apparel industry.
arrow Read article.

June 29, 2012
Item-level Tagging Makes In-Store Fulfillment a Retail Reality
While other areas of the global retail industry are still in recovery, e-commerce will surpass 9 percent of total U.S. retail sales by 2015, according to JDA.
arrow Read article.

June 26, 2012
The New Warehouse: Part One
How new technologies, including RFID, are reinventing the field.
arrow Read article.

June 25, 2012
Tagsys RFID Tracking Supports Industry-backed Guidelines
The RFID technology provider says that its Fashion Item Tracking System ensures compliance with new RFID guidelines backed by some of the largest retailers in the United States, including Lord & Taylor, Macy's, PVH Corp., Jockey International and Maidenform.
arrow Read article.

June 25, 2012
NFC Forum and GS1 Team Up on Mobile Retail
The NFC Forum and GS1 have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to explore synergies between NFC technology and the use of GS1 standards to better serve the developing needs of mobile commerce.
arrow Read article.

June 21, 2012
A New Approach to Item-Level Tracking: RFID
The technology has been around for more than 50 years, but thanks to a recent drop in price, its use is now growing in the retailer world.
arrow Read article.

June 20, 2012
Marks & Spencer Sets Its Sights on Becoming Closed-Loop
The company expects the technology to play an increasingly important role in the clothing recycling process, as it moves toward a closed-loop garment supply chain.
arrow Read article.

June 19, 2012
Brazilian Stores' RFID Chain
At Brazilian fashion store Memove, RFID tags were recently installed to track and control inventory throughout the entire supply chain.
arrow Read article.

June 18, 2012
Honeywell Sees Its Optimus 5900 Reader as
the First in a Series of RFID Products

The diversified technology manufacturer is now shipping the recently launched UHF handheld interrogator to customers, focusing on the retail market for item-level tracking.
arrow Read article.

June 18, 2012
Tagsys Ensures Full RFID Compliance to Improve
Brand Owners' Supply Chain Agility

The company's Fashion Item Tracking System, a commercial solution for the retail supply chain, meets GS1 US' guidelines.
arrow Read article.

June 17, 2012
RFID and Data-Driven Retailing
Businesses run on data, and RFID allows retailers to collect a wealth of information cost-effectively, enabling them to better manage their operations.
arrow Read article.

June 15, 2012
University of Arkansas' New RFID Research Center
Parallels Growth of RFID Industry

Officials unveiled plans for the new 20,000-square-foot space, which will include a simulated supply chain, from factory to home.
arrow Read article.

June 14, 2012
Frost & Sullivan: Ability to Provide Critical Business
Intelligence Augments Customer Interest in Active RFID

Information and business intelligence offered by active RFID technology is expected to enhance growth prospects in various end-user verticals.
arrow Read press release.

June 14, 2012
Fashion 2.0: Connecting With Consumers Through Wearable Devices
Nike sees the world as a place where every item it produces can be a smart product.
arrow Read article.

June 13, 2012
Impinj Releases RFID Store Performance Simulator
The new tool could help retailers gain insights into how RFID technology could impact inventory management and store profitability.
arrow Read article.

June 13, 2012
RTLS Solutions Increasingly Being Used in All Regions
and Vertical Markets, According to VDC Research Group

The "Understanding RTLS" webinar, on June 14, will explore the growing use and ROI of real-time location systems.
arrow Read article.

June 12, 2012
Inventory Intelligence Key to Omnichannel Retailing
Integrated inventory intelligence is central to delivering on the promise of omnichannel retailing, as apparel retailers strive to build deeper shopper relationships and improve the in-store experience, according to Jim Caudill, Tyco Retail Solutions' senior director of global retail marketing.
arrow Read article.

June 12, 2012
Supply Chain Gets Item-Level Tagging Standards
Tracing individual products as they move through the global supply chain is on the verge of becoming as easy as tracing a truckload of vegetables on its path from Fresno to Philadelphia.
arrow Read article.

June 11, 2012
Guidelines Agreed for Item-Level Tagging in Apparel
Major American retailers, brands and technology providers have agreed on a set of guidelines for assigning serialised identification numbers to individual items—a move that is expected to drive the uptake of radio frequency identification technology across the apparel supply chain.
arrow Read article.

June 11, 2012
Is Item-Level RFID Right for You?
Sure it's pricey, but for certain companies, the benefits of item-level tagging far outweigh the cost. Here are five signs yours might be one of them.
arrow Read article.

June 7, 2012
RFID News Roundup:
GS1 US Publishes RFID Tag-Serialization Guidelines

Nonprofit standards organization GS1 US has announced the release of new technical guidelines describing best practices, as well as various methodologies for assigning globally unique identification to individual trade items, using a Serial Global Trade Item Number (SGTIN).
arrow Read article.

June 6, 2012
Mojix Sees Virtualization as Way to Cut RFID Cost
for Inventory Management

The FID reader manufacturer is turning to virtualization to boost the performance of its long-range passive RFID system, used to manage manufacturing and retail inventory.
arrow Read article.

June 6, 2012
CentrObuv Finds RFID a Good Fit for Shoes
The Russian footwear retailer is using an item-level RFID system from Avery Dennison to track inventory, sales and security at one of its Moscow stores, and at a corresponding distribution center.
arrow Read article.

June 5, 2012
RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2012-2022
Reportlinker.com has announced that a new market research report is available in its catalog, offering a summation of research conducted over a span of 12 years, and featuring interviews with RFID adopters and solutions providers in various applicational RFID markets, including retail apparel.
arrow Read press release.

June 5, 2012
Serialization Roadmap
A top-level tagging plan will help apparel suppliers identify items now, and pave the way for tracking more products in the future.
arrow Read article.

June 4, 2012
Vendors Must Steer a Path to Mass Adoption
Solution providers need to gain broad usage of RFID in one industry and then adapt vertical applications to other sectors.
arrow Read article.

June 3, 2012
New Guidelines to Help the Apparel Industry
Transform the Supply Chain

Major American retailers, brands and technology providers have agreed on a set of guidelines for assigning serialized identification numbers to individual items, making it possible to trace individual products as they move through the global apparel supply chain. Information standards organization GS1 US released the guidelines at its annual GS1 Connect Conference.
arrow Read article.

June 1, 2012
Apparel Industry Seen to Spur RFID Market Growth
The apparel industry is expected to drive demand for RFID technology, according to new analysis from Frost & Sullivan.
arrow Read article.

May 31, 2012
Advances in Material Science Could Mean Wearable Electronics
Such developments are making possible the reality of wearable electronics. Is it just a matter of time?
arrow Read article.

May 30, 2012
Soft-Tex 2012: Online Trade Fair for IT Solutions Providers
Fibre2fashion, a global textile, apparel and fashion B2B portal, is launching a 180-days-long, 24x7 online information technology trade fair, to help IT-enabled solutions providers connect with the worldwide textile, garment, fashion and retail industries.
arrow Read article.

May 29, 2012
Checkpoint Systems Ensures Sainsbury's Gok Wan
Clothing Range Looks Good "Labeled"

The retailer has chosen Checkpoint to create stylish labels and swing tickets for its new Gok for TU clothing range, designed by British fashion expert and TV presenter Gok Wan.
arrow Read article.

May 28, 2012
Will Multi-Channel Commerce Be the Catalyst
That Finally Drives RFID Into Retail?

Super-high levels of unventory accuracy become necessary to commit and fulfill multi-channel orders.
arrow Read article.

May 27, 2012
Apparel Industry Expected to Enhance Growth Opportunities
Within RFID Market, Finds Frost & Sullivan

A prominent shift from pallet- and case- to item-level tagging leads to the market's projected success.
arrow Read article.

May 24, 2012
Wearable Electronics: The Next Fashion Fad?
From flexible displays to disposable RFID tags, new materials have enabled electronics to end up in places they never have before.
arrow Read article.

May 23, 2012
Logistics Savvy May Determine Multi-Channel Success,
as Macy's Revamps Fulfillment Network by Empowering Stores

The move could lower inventories—but are labor inefficiencies worth it?
arrow Read article.

May 22, 2012
Cotton On Lets You 'Try On Your Sound'
The Australian fashion retailer is offering a "mini gig" experience in its fitting rooms, with selected styles of tagged denim jeans triggering a playlist of music individually chosen to match specific clothing.
arrow Read article.

May 22, 2012
Organized Retail Crime
The media firestorm surrounding the "grime wave" of ORC and widespread Tide laundry detergent theft has all but run its course; however, retailers and loss-prevention managers are far from washing their hands clean of the multi-billion-dollar ORC problem.
arrow Read article.

May 21, 2012
The Tone of RFID News Coverage Changes
Articles written by retail publications are starting to become more positive.
arrow Read article.

May 21, 2012
Advice for CEOs
According to RFID Journal's Mark Roberti, the decision to deploy an RFID system should be based on the value the technology can deliver to your company, not on what others are—or are not—doing.
arrow Read article.

May 20, 2012
Doing Online Fulfillment In-Store Is Harder Than Macy's Thought
The retailer's efforts to move online order fulfillment into almost 300 of its stores received a harsh review recently from The Wall Street Journal.
arrow Read article.

May 18, 2012
Retail RFID: When and How, Not Why or If
While there have been no cases of a full RFID deployment in retail—meaning all items in all stores—a few pioneers in the specialty apparel retail market who control their manufacturing process will reach that state within the next year or so. Experts in both the United States and Europe predict that a tipping point in critical mass should be reached in about two to three years.
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May 17, 2012
TexTrace Weaves Smarts Into Clothing Labels for Better Tracking
By embedding radio frequency identification tags into labels, manufacturers can improve product tracking and fight counterfeiting.
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May 16, 2012
Are Point-of-Sale Software Companies Targeting Apparel Retailers?
Will RFID solutions for the apparel sector become a market for current retail POS software vendors?
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May 15, 2012
TracTech Systems Integrates With The Edge Software
on RFID-enabled Jewelry-Management System

The provider of RFID-enabled jewelry inventory management technology has announced a partnership with Abbott Jewelry Systems, a manufacturer of a jewelry store management system known as The Edge, to combine TracTech's UHF EPC Gen 2-based RFID products, which include high- and low-volume printers that can print and encode a variety of tags and labels to fit the requirements of the jewelry industry, as well as several reader options.
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May 10, 2012
New RFID Mobile Computer From Honeywell Simplifies
Inventory Management for Retailers

The firm has announced the Optimus 5900 RFID mobile computer, combining radio frequency identification and automated data collection. Equipped with UHF RFID technology to read EPC Gen 2 and ISO 18000-6B RFID tags, this device streamlines inventory management by providing comprehensive data capture in a single, lightweight device.
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May 8, 2012
Linkable Networks Launches SKU-Level Card Linked Offer Capability
The company has announced the launch of SKU-level offer capability, allowing brands and retailers to capitalize on card-linked offers with individual products, while offering financial institutions an additional source of revenue.
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May 7, 2012
RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 Report, Part 2
At RFID Journal's 10th-anniversary conference and exhibition, attendees heard real-world case studies explaining how to utilize radio frequency identification to improve their business. View the presentations from the RFID Journal Awards finalists and the event's main conference-track and solutions-provider sessions.
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May 7, 2012
GS1 Program Helps Apparel Companies Deploy
RFID Inventory Systems

Dozens of apparel retailers, manufacturers and distributors are using a new program from GS1 US as they implement RFID systems for inventory management.
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May 6, 2012
Item-Level RFID Helps Serge Blanco See
Big Savings in the Distribution Center

Serge Blanco's DC in Toulouse, France, receives apparel from manufacturers around the world and supplies retail stores throughout Europe. More than 1.5 million items were moving through the supply chain each year, and sales continued growing. It typically took three days to receive a shipment at the DC, verify the contents, and redistribute merchandise to stores. To sustain its growth, Serge Blanco needed to improve DC productivity so it could make sure products were available in stores when consumers wanted them.
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May 6, 2012
Sporting Goods Stores in the U.S. Industry Market
Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

Despite the rise in competition, sporting goods retailers have continued to benefit from their ability to offer consumers specific brands and specialized services.
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May 5, 2012
Consumers Spent Less Freely in April Than in the
First Three Months of 2012

According to the Los Angeles Times, major chain stores posted a 0.8 percent sales increase in April—the lowest gain of the year, and short of analyst expectations of a 1.5 percent rise.
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May 4, 2012
Retail 2012 Outlook and Teen Apparel
Despite the fashion risks and leverage challenges, many brands in the teen sector are still extremely attractive.
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Apr. 30, 2012
RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 Report, Part 1
Approximately 2,500 visitors attended RFID Journal's 10th-anniversary conference and exhibition, to learn how to use RFID technologies to improve their business, from real-world case studies across all industries. View the presentations from the event's keynotes, general sessions and preconferences.
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Apr. 30, 2012
U.S. Marine Corps Exchange Seeks More Precise
Merchandise Planning, Price Optimization

To ensure that its customers' needs continue to be met, MCX will use SAS retail analytics to improve merchandise and assortment planning, as well as increase profits.
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Apr. 30, 2012
Kiss Another RFID Company Goodbye
Solutions providers continue to make the mistake of marketing to the 90 percent of end users on the far side of the adoption chasm.
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Apr. 23, 2012
Adler Pilots RFID for Retail Apparel
Textile retailer Adler Modemärkte has taken the next step in applying RFID technology universally throughout its network.
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Apr. 19, 2012
RFID News Roundup:
ABI Research Foresees Healthy Growth in RFID Market

The market for RFID transponders, readers, software and services will generate $70.5 billion from 2012 until the end of 2017, according to the market research and analysis firm. The research, conducted as part of the firm's new study, "RFID Market by Application and Vertical Sector," identifies that three market sectors—government, retail, and transportation and logistics—will account for 60 percent of future revenues.
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Apr. 17, 2012
Abercrombie & Fitch to Present at RILA Loss Prevention,
Audit and Safety 2012 on Item-level Profit Opportunities

Profitect, a provider of solutions that increase profitability throughout the retail supply chain, today announced that the company will demonstrate its modular profit amplification suite in booth #513 at the 2012 RILA Loss Prevention, Audit and Safety Conference, on Apr. 22-25, at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center.
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Apr. 13, 2012
VGB Group to Deploy RFID at Its 120 Siberian and Crawford Stores
The company's decision follows its successful implementation of EPC Gen 2 technology in its Memove chain, launched last October.
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Apr. 12, 2012
The Future of Electronic Payments
According to RetailingToday.com, the electronic payments industry is coming to grips with the idea that what was once its only product—credit- and debit-card processing—is becoming just part of a much larger solution that not only enables electronic payments, but also encourages and facilitates the sales that drive payment transactions.
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Apr. 10, 2012
RFID Helps Disney Employees Get Into Character
The company is using EPC passive UHF tags to track $100 million worth of costumes at its parks and on its cruise ships, making the issuance of garments a self-serve process, while also streamlining the counting of inventory.
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Apr. 10, 2012
Luxury Apparel Maker to Test TexTrace's Fabric RFID Label
The new woven label, incorporating an EPC Gen 2 chip and a stitched-in antenna made of yarn, is being sewn into luxury goods, to provide brand authentication, inventory tracking and theft prevention.
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Apr. 9, 2012
More Industries Approach the RFID Inflection Point
At this year's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, says RFID Journal's Mark Roberti, it was clear that a lot is happening—not only in apparel retail, but also in aerospace and electronics.
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Apr. 9, 2012
Complexity of Supply Chains and Ensuing Need for Inventory
Visibility Drive Chipless RFID Tag Market

Global Industry Analysts (GIA) has announced the release of a comprehensive global report regarding the market for chipless radio frequency identification tags.
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Apr. 8, 2012
The Benefits of Data Talking to Data
Being able to use customer information as it's being collected promises to transform a host of industries, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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Apr. 8, 2012
The Visible Supply Chain
Almost like the search for the Holy Grail, the quest for greater visibility has similarly been driving supply chains across the globe for the past decade.
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Apr. 8, 2012
RFID Network Partners With GS1 US for 2012 GS1 Connect
The RFID Network has announced a media partnership with GS1 US for the upcoming 2012 GS1 Connect conference. The RFID Network will film on location at the event, conducting expert interviews and covering conference news.
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Apr. 7, 2012
Clothing Firms Bank on RFID With GS1 to Drive Growth
Dozens of apparel retailers, manufacturers and distributors are using a new program from GS1 US as they implement RFID systems for inventory management, the organization announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012.
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Apr. 7, 2012
Raising the Bar on Supply Chain Efficiency
Packaging Digest explains how Becton, Dickinson and Co., using linear bar codes, unique identifiers and global standards, has synchronized data on nearly 500 products using a single customer to eliminate product errors, ensure patient safety, reduce stock-outs, improve traceability and speed up payments.
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Apr. 7, 2012
Jamison RFID and Truecount Demonstrate the Power
of RFID for Loss Intelligence

Retailers were given a first-hand look at how RFID can help leverage real-time loss data to reduce shrinkage at a live demonstration by Jamison RFID and Truecount at the RILA Loss Prevention Conference on Apr. 2.
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Apr. 6, 2012
RFID Journal Announces Winners of Its Sixth Annual Awards
Cisco Systems, Intel, BP International, Omni-ID, HP Brazil, Cecilia Occhiuzzi and Bill Hardgrave were all honored at LIVE! 2012.
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Apr. 5, 2012
RFID News Roundup: VICS Board Unveils New RFID Guidelines
for Retailers and Suppliers

The board of directors of the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Solutions Association has announced that VILRI has developed new guidelines regarding RFID tag placement and performance, and covering how the industry should cooperate to ensure reliable tag performance and data-capture deployment.
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Apr. 3, 2012
Retail Market to Propel Global RFID Industry
The technology's increasing usage within the retail industry will fuel the global RFID market's growth in the near future, says RNCOS' latest research report.
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Apr. 3, 2012
CipherLab to Exhibit New UHF RFID Wireless Reader
and 2-D Bar-code Scanner at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012

The company will showcase several product offerings at the conference, including its new model1861 handheld wireless RFID reader, designed to address the growing demand for UHF RFID applications in warehouse, logistics, manufacturing, health care, and retail operations.
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Apr. 3, 2012
Apparel Companies Drive Progress in RFID With GS1 Readiness Program
Dozens of apparel retailers, manufacturers and distributors are using a new program from GS1 US as they implement RFID systems for inventory management, the organization announced at RFID Journal LIVE! 2012, taking place this week in Orlando, Fla.
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Apr. 2, 2012
Zebra Technologies to Showcase Extensive Breadth of RFID
Solutions at RFID Journal LIVE! Conference and Exhibition

From self-serialization to asset management, the company's products and partnerships enable customers to maximize business efficiencies.
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Apr. 2, 2012
UPM Launches Web and Trap RFID Inlays With Monza Chip
UPM RFID has announced its new Web UHF and Trap near-field UHF inlays, based on Impinj's Monza RFID chip.
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Apr. 2, 2012
RFID Chipmakers Align on Industry-Wide Serialization Schema
Multi-vendor chip-based serialization simplifies item-level tagging with chip-based serial-number-management option.
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Apr. 1, 2012
USF Polytechnic Researchers Helped Cephalon Improve
Item-Level RFID Performance

By setting up and operating a replica of the conveyor system used at the drugmaker's Salt Lake City plant, the lab's research team was able to raise read-write accuracy to more than 99 percent.
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Apr. 1, 2012
Nordic ID RFID Blog
RFID Journal LIVE! 2012; RFID fashion event in Parma, Italy; new Nordic ID Web site; s.Oliver RFID video.
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Mar. 29, 2012
RFID News Roundup:
CipherLab Unveils UHF Handheld Bluetooth RFID Reader

The firm has introduced its 1861 Handheld Bluetooth RFID Reader, an ultrahigh-frequency interrogator designed for applications in warehouse operations, logistics, manufacturing and retail operations.
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Mar. 29, 2012
RFID News Roundup:
UPM RFID Launches New UHF RFID Inlay Designs

The company is introducing a variety of new inlays, including its new UPM Buckle inlay, suitable for item-level retail, logistics, supply chain and similar applications.
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Mar. 29, 2012
Dr. Bill Hardgrave on Keys to Item-Level RFID Pilot Success
Stores almost always overestimate their current levels of inventory accuracy, he says; getting to 70 percent takes "extraordinary effort" without RFID.
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Mar. 29, 2012
Online Sporting Apparel Sales in the U.S. Industry Market
Research Report Now Available From IBISWorld

Although growth slowed during the economic recession, industry revenue has increased over the past five years. As a result, online sales have grown as a proportion of total sporting apparel sales. Industry research firm IBISWorld has released a report regarding the online sporting apparel sales industry, discussing these and other factors.
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Mar. 29, 2012
VDC: Item-Level Movement Will Consume 1.7 Billion Tags in 2012
While industry verticals like pharmaceuticals, alcohol and tobacco show signs of ramping up usage of item-level tagging, the apparel industry continues to be the main driver when it comes to such tagging.
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Mar. 28, 2012
Three RFID Chip Makers Agree on Serialization Approach
The system should make managing serial numbers easier for end users, while providing advanced users with the flexibility they want.
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Mar. 27, 2012
Italian Study Shows How RFID Can Help Reduce Supermarket Overstocks
The pilot used EPC Gen 2 UHF tags and readers to track the movements of cartons of goods into and out of an Auchan distribution center, to a store, and then to that store's trash compactor.
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Mar. 26, 2012
Roberto Verino Store Allows Shoppers to Wear Garments Virtually
The sales floor at the clothing retailer's Barcelona branch is equipped with Keonn Technologies' AdvanMirror, which uses RFID to display real-time images of customers wearing outfits composed of apparel of their choosing.
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Mar. 26, 2012
NeWave Sensor Solutions Launches New Smart Shelf at FMI Asset Protection
The technology provides a retailer with instant notification of merchandise lost from its shelves.
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Mar. 25, 2012
New RFID Solutions for Specific Business Needs
Got a problem? Judging by what will be on display at LIVE! 2012, RFID solutions providers have been hard at work developing new products to address real business concerns.
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Mar. 25, 2012
Cotton's Decline Is These Retailers' Gain
Apparel retail, especially with the high degree of industry fragmentation and the propensity of consumers to be fickle about fashion trends, is not an extremely favorable business in terms of the relevancy a given enterprise can enjoy for a prolonged period of time. The industry becomes even more difficult, and has over the past several years, when macro events intervene.
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Mar. 23, 2012
AAFA Summit Highlights Trends and Challenges
in the Apparel and Retail Field

For apparel and footwear makers, China is the place to be.
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Mar. 22, 2012
A Second Look at Item-Level Tagging
Can the electronics supply chain learn a lesson from the apparel industry? When it comes to RFID tagging, the evidence suggests it can.
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Mar. 21, 2012
RFID and AIDC News: Saks Fifth Avenue's Item-Level RFID
Pilot Off to Good Start, Has Provided Key Learnings

One month in, some benefits are already clear, one manager says.
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Mar. 20, 2012
Retailers Buzzing Over New Product Display Module for Holographic Greeter
Marketing Ad Group unveils a new counter display module for its Holographic Greeter platform.
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Mar. 20, 2012
Survey: Retailers Expect Strong Spring, Summer Seasons
Importers that sell to America's major retailers are preparing for a significant uptick in consumer spending, according to a recent survey conducted by Capital Business Credit.
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Mar. 19, 2012
RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 to Host Auto-ID, French,
Korean, Retail Apparel Pavilions

The four pavilions will showcase specific solutions providers on the show floor at RFID Journal's 10th annual conference and exhibition.
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Mar. 19, 2012
Next-Gen Retail: When Physical and Virtual Worlds Merge
Forbes discusses ontext-based services, in which the physical world can merge with the virtual, enabling stores, supplemented with information already known about a customer, to provide new opportunities and better experiences.
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Mar. 18, 2012
About That Untapped Pool
Mark Roberti reports that there are many companies, including retailers, with problems that could benefit from RFID—but the vast majority are not yet ready to invest in the technology.
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Mar. 16, 2012
Is There an Untapped Pool of RFID Customers Somewhere?
Mark Roberti says available evidence suggests the market for RFID systems is still confined to a relatively small group of early pragmatists, including companies in the retail and apparel sectors.
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Mar. 15, 2012
RFID News Roundup: Tyco Retail Solutions Opens
New Retail Performance Briefing Center

The provider of retail performance and security solutions has announced that it has opened up a new Retail Performance Briefing Center at its headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.
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Mar. 14, 2012
What Have We Learned About RFID?
While the past 10 years have seen ups and downs when it comes to the use of radio frequency identification, we now know a great deal about how and where the technology delivers value.
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Mar. 13, 2012
Reader-Talks-First, Item-Level RFID Tags in Europe
Item-level tagging is possible with the new RFID circuit made in low-temperature thin-film technology by Imec, Holst Centre. The tags allow for reader-talks-first communication.
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Mar. 13, 2012
U.S. Retail Sales Rose 1.1 Percent in February
Americans stepped up spending on retail goods in February, evidence that a stronger job market is boosting the economy.
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Mar. 9, 2012
Consumer-Driven: 2012 Supermarket News Technology Survey
Shoppers have sparked many changes in the technology side of retailing, from mobile and social media to greater reliance on data-driven applications.
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Mar. 9, 2012
Retailers and Suppliers Should Move Quickly to Capitalise
on the Business Potential of Big Data

Retailers and CPG manufacturers must now manage ever-increasing amounts of information, both in standard, relational formats and in multi-structured formats. How can retailers analyze, understand and evaluate the relevant spectrum of data that is becoming available?
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Mar. 9, 2012
LifeSynk Lets Consumers Use RFID to "Like" Products, Stores and Events
The system employs RFID cards and readers to link shoppers' activities with their Facebook accounts, enabling the marketing of events, businesses or products, and providing users with discounts and other offers.
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Mar. 8, 2012
Tagsys Sponsors Upcoming American Apparel & Footwear Association Events
The company will participate in AAFA's annual executive summit and international sourcing, customs and logistics conference.
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Mar. 5, 2012
RFID Looks Better Without The Hype
ITJungle's Dan Burger calls RFID "the cheese that slipped off the cracker"—but the technology is not dead in the apparel and electronics industries, he says.
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Mar. 1, 2012
Item-level RFID: A Competitive Differentiator
Radio frequency identification has been an idea whose benefits seemed obvious—but mass acceptance has not been immediate, especially at the item level.
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Mar. 1, 2012
Apparel Fashion Trends
Wholesalers and resellers of apparel know all too well that success in the clothing industry is based on fast-paced fads, time-driven trends and seasonal sales. Every new year and each new line requires goals and resolutions to stay ahead of the competition, and 2012 is no exception.
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Feb. 29, 2012
Life Becomes Easier for Retail Brand Owners After
Impinj Simplifies EPC Management Method

The company's Monza Self-Serialization system allows reliable, scalable item-level tagging.
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Feb. 28, 2012
Solving Undefined Problems
RFID can provide insights into issues affecting a company's performance—even if that firm didn't know a problem existed.
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Feb. 27, 2012
Item-Level RFID: Critical Mass at Last?
Momentum behind the current enthusiasm for item-level RFID is being powered by solid business benefits within a store's four walls and beyond, major retail deployments and the promise of significantly lower per-tag prices. This report explains how the technology's key deliverable, improved inventory visibility, aligns with today's omni-channel, increasingly mobile retail environment.
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Feb. 27, 2012
How Small Retailers Get Big Brands to Trust Them
Persuading household names to let independent shops sell their products means meeting requirements, from promising good placement to sharing financial information.
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Feb. 26, 2012
Tepid Rise in Customer Satisfaction Mimics Slow Pace of Economic Recovery
Customer satisfaction at the national level inched up 0.1 percent to 75.8 on a scale of 0 to 100 for the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a report released by the American Customer Satisfaction Index.
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Feb. 26, 2012
Top U.S. Retail Brands Revealed
While Walmart maintained the top position on Interbrand's "U.S. Most Valuable Retail Brands" list for 2012, several other retailers are moving up the ranks.
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Feb. 26, 2012
Virtual Shop Perfect for the Young and Upwardly Mobile
Retailers need to understand that online shopping isn't something customers just do at their desktops any more.
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Feb. 25, 2012
Know What They Want Before They Do
Are you as smart as your shoppers?
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Feb. 25, 2012
Consumers Flex Their Mobile Muscle
Shoppers are turning to mobile applications for product information when making purchasing decisions, so retailers need to engage with app developers to make sure they've got the right information.
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Feb. 24, 2012
Checkpoint Systems Launches New Tags, Encoding Solutions
The company's latest offerings were introduced to serve the growing number of apparel retailers and their suppliers seeking to deploy RFID throughout their operations to increase sales, reduce out-of-stocks and enhance loss-prevention efforts.
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Feb. 23, 2012
RFID News Roundup:
SATO Revamps CL4e HF RFID Printer-Encoders

The new printer solution is designed and built specifically for item-level tracking and traceability applications.
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Feb. 23, 2012
European Project Reaches Milestone Bidirectional Communication
for Thin-film RFIDs, Enabling Item-level RFID Tags

Imec, Holst Centre and their partners in the EU FP7 project ORICLA have fabricated an RFID circuit made utilizing low-temperature, thin-film technology allowing reader-talks-first communication. The technology behind this prototype is useful for creating RFID tags cheap enough and with enough performance to be employed as intelligent item-level tags on the packaging of retail consumer goods.
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Feb. 23, 2012
Checkpoint Portfolio Gives Apparel Firms RFID Options
The company's growing RFID portfolio of hardware, software, tags, service and support offerings provide further value for the increasing number of apparel retailers seeking to deploy RFID broadly throughout their operations to increase sales, reduce out-of-stocks, decrease working capital and enhance loss prevention efforts.
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Feb. 23, 2012
Branded Apparel Loses Sheen
LiveMint.com's Shuchi Bansal says the biggest reason for poor sales is obvious—branded apparel prices went up by 20 percent.
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Feb. 22, 2012
Retail Apparel Prices Rise
Prices in the retail apparel industry rose a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent in January 2012 compared with December 2011, as merchants regained some pricing power after heavy discounting.
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Feb. 22, 2012
Can True Religion Be Saved?
The luxury retail market was among the few sectors that actually gained during the recession, despite having raised prices. Such was the case with True Religion Apparel, which was up until its Q4 earnings report, when it started to fall apart at the seams.
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Feb. 22, 2012
Canada Goose Sues Retailer Over Alleged Replicas
Outerwear manufacturer International Clothiers, Inc., is suing a retail company for trademark infringement, accusing it of making shoddy replicas of its Canada Goose parkas.
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Feb. 22, 2012
New Retail Affiliation Web Site Launched
Pennsylvania-based Internet firm LJR Distributors has announced the launch of a new retail Web site: www.LJRdistributors.com.
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Feb. 21, 2012
Checkpoint Systems Launches Broad Portfolio of Solutions
for Large-Scale RFID Deployments in Apparel Retail

The company now offers high-speed bulk tag commissioning, expanded RFID service bureaus, in-plant printing, and new RFID tags for merchandise visibility and loss prevention.
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Feb. 20, 2012
Item-Level RFID Tracking Close to Reality
Tracking at the item level has been the Holy Grail of supply chain management, particularly in retail. Enterprise Efficiency's David Wagner discusses how RFID tags smaller than a paper clip may make it practical and cost-effective to track every item within a store, from a shirt to a pack of gum, down to the individual level.
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Feb. 17, 2012
Clothing Retailers Hang Hopes on Item-Level RFID
The question of a tipping point for the use of item-level radio frequency identification in apparel retailing has been around for years as prominent merchants, such as American Apparel, Bloomingdale's, JCPenney and Macy's, have used the technology to better manage stock and reduce shrinkage.
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Feb. 15, 2012
SATO Updates CL4e HF RFID Printer Offering
The company offers a high-performance label-printing solution employing high-frequency RFID inlays.
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Feb. 15, 2012
Impinj Seeks to Make Serializing Data Easy
The RFID chipmaker is launching Monza Self-Serialization, its chip-based EPC serialization method designed to make it easy for a supplier to encode tags with unique ID numbers, and to ensure that it never duplicates Electronic Product Codes.
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Feb. 14, 2012
Did Wal-Mart Love RFID to Death?
For the retailer, radio frequency identification once held the promise of a more efficient supply chain. SmartPlanet examines why the technology has not yet taken off as predicted.
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Feb. 14, 2012
RFID Journal LIVE! 2012 to Feature Four
Preconference Seminars and Five Workshops

The tenth annual conference and exhibition will include several preconferences and workshops focused on RFID's use in various industries, including apparel and retail.
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Feb. 13, 2012
TAG Co. Launches Item-Level RFID Platform to U.K. Retail
The company has announced a partnership with RAKO Security-Label GmbH as the exclusive U.K. provider of RFID hardware and labels.
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Feb. 13, 2012
Fresh & Easy Testing Shopper Scanning Device
A store in El Segundo, Calif., is testing a handheld device allowing shoppers to scan products during their shopping trip, and keep track of what they spend.
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Feb. 9, 2012
RFID News Roundup: Atlantic City, Michigan Resorts
Add UHF RFID Uniform-Tracking System

Revel and the Odawa Casino Resort have both deployed an RFID-based tracking solution for managing their garments.
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Feb. 8, 2012
American Apparel Adopting RFID at Every Store
After several years of trialing item-level EPC Gen 2 passive tags and readers at select locations, the clothing company is now installing the technology at all of its retail operations worldwide.
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Feb. 5, 2012
The Supermarket Guru: Seeking Next Big Trend
Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, references GS1 DataBar and RFID technologies during an address at the National Potato Expo.
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Feb. 4, 2012
SMB Warehouses Move Beyond Barebones Tech
Vertical Systems Reseller discusses the adoption of new technologies and applications by small and midsize businesses, including RFID for retail.
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Feb. 4, 2012
Social RFID?
RFID has seen a resurgence in popularity as reader technology has improved, tag costs have dropped and hundreds of new uses have been developed. Bob Johns, the associate editor of Integrated Solutions for Retailers magazine, explains how social media can fit with radio frequency identification.
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Feb. 3, 2012
PTI Doesn't Have to Slow Packing Lines
A new partnership between RedLine Solutions and ID Technology could ease concerns that packing house operators have about traceability initiatives slowing down their lines because of label printing.
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Feb. 3, 2012
Financial Disaster Averted—Coupons to the Rescue
A coupon blogger grows from skeptic to supporter, stating, "GS1 is the wave of the future, so all stores will need to adjust their systems to accept these coupons."
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Feb. 1, 2012
RFID: A Natural Fit for Apparel
AIDC industry expert Bert Moore explains why it's important to know what you have and how much, as well as where it's located and how fast it's selling—and to have this information now.
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Jan. 31, 2012
GS1 US Offers "EPC Item-Level Readiness Program"
Aimed at Retailers, Suppliers

The program, consisting of webinars, discussion groups and support tools, is intended to help U.S. consumer goods suppliers and retailers pilot and deploy EPC-based UHF Gen 2 item-level RFID technology.
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Jan. 31, 2012
California Stores Pilot NFC System Providing Electronic Receipts
Proximiant expects its RFID-enabled solution to be used by 1,000 stores by late spring, allowing a retailer's customers to download receipts and discount offers on their mobile phones, thereby eliminating the need for paper receipts and coupons.
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Jan. 30, 2012
Truecount Develops RFID Software to Keep Event
Merchandise Fine-Tuned on the Road

As the charitable arm of rock band Phish, The WaterWheel Foundation spends nearly 100 days on the road each year, packing, transporting, unpacking and then repacking thousands of logoed items that are awarded to fans who support the foundation's non-profit work. Now, a new RFID software application, TC Mobile Merch, is keeping the inventory tightly controlled.
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Jan. 30, 2012
RFID Project for Apparel Warehouse Optimization in China
Leo InnoTech and UPM RFID have carried out one of the largest item-level RFID implementations for a Chinese apparel company to date, with 6 million apparel items tagged annually.
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Jan. 30, 2012
RFID Tech Improves Inventory Accuracy in Apparel Sector
New research from the University of Arkansas quantifies the benefits that apparel suppliers can gain from the use of radio frequency identification.
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Jan. 27, 2012
Kid's Clothing Company Uses RFID From Factory to Store
Trasluz's manufacturing plants apply EPC tags to all products, enabling the company's warehouse to track their arrival and departure, and its franchise-operated stores to employ RFID for inventory tracking, at the point of sale and for security.
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Jan. 26, 2012
Trends to Watch in 2012
What to expect in the areas of item-level adoption, shrinkage reduction and consolidation.
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Jan. 26, 2012
Will 2012 See Widespread Adoption of RFID?
Several things must happen before the technology takes off, but the retail apparel sector is getting close to using the technology en masse.
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Jan. 25, 2012
Important Themes From NRF's Big Show
The National Retail Federation recently held its Big Show in New York City, and BrickMeetsClick's Francey Smith offers her impressions of the event. Omni-channel marketing, customer-centricity, behavioral segmentation, infrastructure-building (particularly at Macy's), and mobile technologies are among the topics singled out.
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Jan. 24, 2012
University of Arkansas Reveals RFID's Benefits for Apparel Suppliers
New research from the university reveals that apparel suppliers can gain from the use of radio frequency identification, particularly in the area of inventory accuracy.
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Jan. 24, 2012
2012 Seen as Pivotal Year for RFID; Retail Rollouts and
Science Tagging Expected to Soar

RFID in retail is getting closer to becoming ubiquitous. A new survey reveals that 80 percent of retailers have initiated pilots or deployed RFID at the store level. This report confirms that item-level adoption is rapidly gaining traction, and is creating a competitive advantage for early adopters, by giving them better inventory accuracy, visibility and insight, thereby enabling them to improve in-stock positions and increase sales.
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Jan. 24, 2012
Supply Chain News: NRF 2012 Full Review and Comment
SupplyChainDigest's Dan Gilmore offers his perception of the trends at the National Retail Federation's Big Show conference and exhibition. Among the highlights: a pilot program in the apparel industry in which RFID was used at 27 touch points, from fabric production in China to the store shelf.
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Jan. 24, 2012
Retailers Need Apps to Reach Consumers
Supermarket News explains why retailers will need to increasingly participate in third-party mobile applications to share private-label information with consumers.
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Jan. 24, 2012
RFID Redux
NRF's Big Show featured a session called "The Source-to-Store Retail Supply Chain: Moving Beyond Technology and Standards," in which an international panel of speakers delivered an update on the status of RFID and its prospects for playing a major role in supply chain management.
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Jan. 24, 2012
Do I need a UPC?
Universal Product Codes are among the many things a company needs to know when taking a product to market—but if it takes the time to ask the proper questions, a firm can eat the product-development elephant one bite at a time.
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Jan. 24, 2012
Understanding Retail Bar Codes
The bar code does not necessarily indicate country of origin.
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Jan. 23, 2012
Thoughts from the Floor of NRF's Big Show 2012
RetailNet Group's Keith Anderson shares his observations of the event.
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Jan. 22, 2012
Portable Bar-Code Scanners and RFID Take the Stage at NRF 2012
As retail industry professionals gathered at the National Retail Federation (NRF) convention and exposition in New York City, the focus was on enhancements for the customer shopping experience. And while most bar-code technologies improve just incrementally rather than in giant leaps each year, there were plenty of new auto-ID entries for visitors to demonstrate during the show. From item-level RFID to bar-code scanners, retailers found a lot to get excited about at NRF's Big Show 2012.
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Jan. 19, 2012
Tagsys Appoints New VP of Sales for the Americas
The provider of item-level RFID infrastructure and supply chain visibility and tracking systems has announced the appointment of Monte R. Lucas as its new VP of sales for North and South America.
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Jan. 18, 2012
RFID Comes of Age in Retail Supply Chain
As reported in Supply Chain Management Review, a new study, titled "RFID Nears a Tipping Point," suggests that 2012 may be a watershed year for radio frequency identification in the retail sector.
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Jan. 17, 2012
Leo InnoTech, UPM RFID Implement Large-scale Item-level
RFID Solution for Apparel Warehouse Optimization in China

The two companies have carried out one of the largest item-level RFID implementations for a Chinese apparel company, with six million apparel items tagged annually. The solution focuses mainly on warehouse logistics optimization, benefiting the apparel firm with significantly lower labor costs and fast delivery.
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Jan. 16, 2012
SML Group Ltd. Launches ViziT RFID Item-Visibility
Solutions for Retail Garment and Item Tracking

At this week's NRF Big Show 2012, in New York, SML Group announced the availability of its new RFID solutions, which will carry the brand name of ViziT.
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Jan. 15, 2012
New Research Reveals Benefits of RFID for Apparel Suppliers
A study from the University of Arkansas quantifies the benefits that apparel suppliers can gain from the use of radio frequency identification, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association and GS1 US, which sponsored the research.
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Jan. 13, 2012
RFID Moves Forward By Stepping Back in the Supply Chain
Apparel magazine explores why 2012 could well be a banner year for item-level RFID tagging in the apparel industry, as companies eager to improve inventory tracking and visibility, as well as potentially drive increased sales and reduce labor costs, are embracing the idea of item-level RFID at a fast pace.
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Jan. 12, 2012
RFID Grows Up
Baseline magazine explains why retail and health care lead the way as maturing technology and better prices spark broader adoption.
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Jan. 10, 2012
Tagsys and Think&Go NFC Offer Retailers an Integrated
RFID Item-Level Tracking and NFC Shopping Solution

The companies have partnered to create a combined RFID and Near Field Communication system for retailers, providing a complete RFID infrastructure for inventory and security.
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Jan. 6, 2012
Patrizia Pepe Brings Efficiency to Its Supply Chain
The Italian fashion designer has doubled the efficiency of the intake and shipping of its apparel as the garments are processed at the company's distribution centers, while its tagged clothing can also be read at some stores by customers looking to learn more about the products.
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Jan. 5, 2012
GS1 Connect 2012 Conference Details Announced
The annual GS1 Connect Conference for supply chain executives and professionals will be held on June 4-7, 2012, at the Aria Resort and Casino, in Las Vegas. The event, which debuted in 2000 as the U Connect Conference, has been attended by more than 10,000 people from multiple industries that use GS1 standards as a foundation for sharing information and creating more effective and efficient business processes. This will be the first gathering under the conference's new name, GS1 Connect.
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Jan. 3, 2012
Identifying Items
Ken Traub explains why apparel suppliers need to decide how they will assign unique serial numbers.
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Dec. 22, 2011
RFID News Roundup: Cornell University School of Hotel
Administration Gives Students RFID Experience

InvoTech Systems has announced that The Statler Hotel, located on Cornell University's campus, will install InvoTech's GIMS UHF RFID uniform-tracking and inventory system, along with White Conveyors' automated U-Pick-It uniform-delivery system, to streamline operations.
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Dec. 21, 2011
RFID Study Quantifies ROI for Apparel Suppliers
University of Arkansas researchers find that by using item-level RFID tags to audit shipments, a garment manufacturer could dramatically improve shipment accuracy, as well as confidence in that accuracy, thereby reducing the incidence of retailer chargebacks.
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Dec. 20, 2011
The Year That Was
2011 saw some economic ups and downs, but many companies turned to RFID to track the locations of their products and assets—and to monitor their conditions.
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Dec. 16, 2011
RFID Sheet Antennas Enable Unique Shelf-Management Systems
Measuring only six millimeters in thickness, the short-range antennas—marketed by Teijin Fibers and Convergence Systems Ltd.—are being installed on shelving, along with EPC UHF readers, to track the locations of tagged items.
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Dec. 15, 2011
RFID News Roundup: Avery Dennison Intros Ultra-small
RFID Inlay for Item-level Applications

Designed for challenging item-level applications, the EPC Gen 2-compliant AD-110m5 inlay is made with Impinj's Monza 5 microchip, and is insensitive to liquids, plastics and other RF-unfriendly materials.
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Dec. 15, 2011
RFID News Roundup: Fashion Brand Dazzle Implements
Item-Level RFID With UPM RFID Inlays

UPM RFID and partner Shanghai BizGrid Information Technology, a Chinese RFID solutions provider, have announced that they are working with international fashion brand Dazzle on an item-level RFID project being undertaken in China.
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Dec. 12, 2011
The Retail Industry's Top 5 Legislative Wins of 2011
Sandy Kennedy, the president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), explores the retail sector's biggest legislative accomplishments during 2011, and reveals how retail is positioned for greater success next year.
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Dec. 11, 2011
Privacy and Data-Protection Impact Assessment:
Frequently Asked Questions

GS1 provides information regarding its new Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) tool.
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Dec. 11, 2011
GS1 Launches New Tool Enabling Companies to Perform Privacy
Impact Assessments (PIA) on RFID Within Their Organizations

GS1 has announced the availability of a PIA tool that businesses can use to perform initial analyses and risk assessment on radio frequency identification technology and Electronic Product Code (EPC) implementations. The tool, developed in collaboration with GS1 member companies and organizations, provides an assessable and streamlined approach to meeting European Commission guidelines regarding industry accountability for RFID applications.
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Dec. 9, 2011
New Chicago-area Casino Chips Its Uniforms
To streamline the management of its complicated uniform inventory process, Rivers Casino has sewn EPC RFID tags into 20,000 pieces of apparel.
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Dec. 8, 2011
Macy's and Li & Fung Executives Join GS1 to Discuss
RFID at NRF's Big Show

Tom Cole, the chief administrative officer of Macy's, and Tommy Lui, Li & Fung's executive VP, will join three GS1 executives for a panel presentation on item-level RFID tagging at the National Retail Federation’s Big Show.
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Dec. 7, 2011
Grupo Éxito Launches Major Electronics Tagging Pilot
The Colombian retailer has tagged more than 45,000 items at its new electronics store in Bogotá.
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Dec. 7, 2011
Narian Technologies to Launch NFC RFID Applications
for Customer Service

The system allows consumers at a store or restaurant to use NFC-enabled phones to request assistance from staff members, and to receive an alert when a product or service is ready.
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Dec. 6, 2011
Business Gets Tougher for Retailers
Consumers are abandoning retailers that fail to stock the items they want to buy, and are less loyal to specific brands.
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Nov. 28, 2011
RFID: A Strong Technology in a Weak Economy
Can RFID give businesses a fighting chance against hard times? A growing number of companies are convinced that it does.
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Nov. 28, 2011
RFID Adoption Will Spread Across Retail Sectors
After apparel, mass merchandise and department store retailers are likely to tag products in four categories, driving adoption into those areas.
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Nov. 27, 2011
RFID for Customer Satisfaction
The technology can help both real and virtual sales assistants keep customers satisfied.
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Nov. 27, 2011
Identifying Items
RFID consultant Ken Traub explains why apparel suppliers need to decide how they will assign unique serial numbers.
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Nov. 24, 2011
Avery Dennison Expands Retail Branding and Information
Solutions to Russia

The Russian apparel and retail market is growing rapidly. Avery Dennison RBIS is looking to help customers elevate their retail brand and products, and improve supply chain performance from design to customer purchase.
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Nov. 23, 2011
GS1 Releases Privacy-Assessment Tool for European RFID Users
The software application is intended to help companies assess any privacy risks that may result from their use of RFID technology, determine if they meet the European Commission's privacy recommendations and show them how to take corrective actions, if necessary.
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Nov. 17, 2011
Omni Dallas Hotel Tags RFID for Uniform Tracking
The new convention-center hotel is employing InvoTech Systems' GIMS UHF RFID uniform inventory solution. The hotel's uniform company tagged approximately 6,000 uniforms—valued at $150,000—with RFID laundry tags before they were shipped to the property for use.
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Nov. 15, 2011
Colombian Retailer Crystal Vestimundo Plans Second
Item-Level RFID Pilot

Results of its first three-month pilot showed a significant reduction in labor associated with the shipping, receiving and inventorying of tagged apparel items; now, the company is preparing to run a more ambitious in-store trial.
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Nov. 14, 2011
RFID Earns a Second Chance
Apparel retailers are using the technology to improve inventory management, which increases sales and reduces working capital.
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Nov. 14, 2011
End Users—Not Vendors—Can Best Sell RFID
Companies that have deployed the technology are convincing other firms of its many benefits.
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Nov. 11, 2011
Supply Chain News: RFID in Consumer Goods to Retail—a Comeback?
Supply Chain Digest's Dan Gilmore reviews the history of RFID EPC technology in the retail supply chain, and explains why he believes RFID's use in the retail sector will become commonplace.
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Nov. 10, 2011
Warmkraft Boosts Order-Fulfillment Efficiency With RFID
The military uniform finisher is using EPC Gen 2 tags to reduce mispacks by 96 percent, and has cut shipping-related labor costs in half thanks to technology provided by SimplyRFID.
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Nov. 7, 2011
For Retailers, the Times, They Are a-Changin'
RFID Journal's Mark Roberti explores how Apple and Macy's are adapting to changing conditions created by online retailers and more demanding customers. RFID, he says, will be needed for retailers to truly compete.
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Nov. 2, 2011
The Big Three Benefits
RFID Journal's Mark Roberti discusses how apparel retailers are deploying RFID for inventory accuracy, product location and loss prevention.
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Nov. 2, 2011
Lord & Taylor Tags Shoes, Boosts Sales
By attaching EPC Gen 2 RFID tags to shoes displayed on its sales floor, the retailer can ensure that customers can see every shoe style it sells.
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Nov. 2, 2011
ShelfX Unveils Store Shelves for Automating Purchases
The system, slated for supermarket pilots, will weigh products, determine what has been removed, and automatically charge a customer based on that person's RFID-enabled loyalty card or wristband.
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Oct. 31, 2011
Five European Leaders Speak Out on RFID
Amid financial and social unrest, decision-makers at midsize European companies explain why they are expanding their enterprise RFID deployments, in five key fields—food production, logistics, retail, manufacturing and apparel.
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Oct. 27, 2011
RFID News Roundup: Omnitrol Launches Next-Gen RFID Retail App
The provider of real-time sensor-driven operational intelligence and item-level traceability solutions has announced an upgrade to its Retail Smart-Store software application, which provides inventory traceability and inventory management using RFID item-level tags.
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Oct. 27, 2011
RFID News Roundup: Recall Adds Item-level Tracking to Its Services
The provider of document storage, secure document destruction, digital document management and data protection has added new capabilities to its RFID program, leveraging EPC Gen 2 technology, that allow for the tagging and tracking of individual files and media tapes.
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Oct. 10, 2011
Invengo's Great Wall Inlay Approved for Retail Item-Level Tagging
The company has announced the inlay's enrollment in the University of Arkansas' ARC program for item-level tagging.
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Oct. 5, 2011
RFID Delivers Unexpected Benefits at American Apparel
A major reduction in employee theft, fewer processes errors and lower employee turnover add to the company's return on investment in RFID.
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Sept. 30, 2011
University of Parma's RFID Lab Launches Test Program for Apparel
The "RFID 4 fashion certified" initiative is intended to determine how well EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID readers, tags and printer-encoders perform in real-world use cases for Europe's garment industry.
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Sept. 28, 2011
What's the Future of Item-Level RFID?
The future of item-level tagging in the apparel industry involves going a step further—or, shall we say, going a step back... back to the source: to the manufacturing facility.
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Sept. 28, 2011
Macy's Inc. to Begin Item-Level Tagging in 850 Stores
The company plans to RFID-enable its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores in 2012, and will tag garments most often replenished—accounting for about 30 percent of the retailer's sales.
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Sept. 28, 2011
Macy's, Inc., to Accelerate Adoption of RFID Technology
In a recent press release, the company announced that its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores are adopting RFID technology on an accelerated timeline to more precisely manage item-level merchandise inventories.
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Sept. 21, 2011
French Supermarket Tests NFC Tool for Visually Disabled Shoppers
Groupe Casino has teamed with the Institut de la Vision to try out an NFC-based solution from Think&Go so that customers with vision impairments can access data about the products they are considering purchasing.
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Sept. 30, 2011
University of Parma's RFID Lab Launches Test Program for Apparel
The "RFID 4 fashion certified" initiative is intended to determine how well EPC Gen 2 UHF RFID readers, tags and printer-encoders perform in real-world use cases for Europe's garment industry.
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Sept. 28, 2011
What's the Future of Item-Level RFID?
The future of item-level tagging in the apparel industry involves going a step further—or, shall we say, going a step back... back to the source: to the manufacturing facility.
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Sept. 28, 2011
Macy's Inc. to Begin Item-Level Tagging in 850 Stores
The company plans to RFID-enable its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores in 2012, and will tag garments most often replenished—accounting for about 30 percent of the retailer's sales.
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Sept. 28, 2011
Macy's, Inc., to Accelerate Adoption of RFID Technology
In a recent press release, the company announced that its Macy's and Bloomingdale's stores are adopting RFID technology on an accelerated timeline to more precisely manage item-level merchandise inventories.
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Sept. 21, 2011
French Supermarket Tests NFC Tool for Visually Disabled Shoppers
Groupe Casino has teamed with the Institut de la Vision to try out an NFC-based solution from Think&Go so that customers with vision impairments can access data about the products they are considering purchasing.
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Aug. 12, 2011
New Edition of SCAN: The Data-Capture Report Available for Download
In this week's issue of SCAN: The Data-Capture Report (presented in Adobe PDF format), Intermec CEO Pat Byrne discussses the current market conditions, and how to address them; Paul Juhasz offers insight into how the patent picture has changed; Tagsys RFID paves the way for item-level adoption; and Peter DiMaria explains why workforce management and time-and-attendance are growing more critical to employers.
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Aug. 10, 2011
RFID and Auto-ID News: Is Item-Level Apparel Tagging Going Strong,
Fading or Just Catching Its Breath? Walmart Expanding Categories to Non-Apparel

Macy's says it will wait until more retailers agree to require tagging—just a natural lull between phases of very active program, says one expert
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July 25, 2011
Gerry Weber Shows How Retailers Benefit From RFID
The winner of this year's RFID Journal Award for Best RFID Implementation is using item-level radio frequency identification technology across its value chain.
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May 2, 2011
A Guide to RFID Apparel Retail Solutions
Tagging and tracking items can help clothing merchandisers better manage inventory, improve on-shelf availability and reap other benefits to boost the bottom line. Here's what you need to know to choose the best solution for your company.
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Apr. 1, 2011
What You Need to Know About RFID Handheld Readers
As part of an ongoing study of item-level tagging in the apparel and footwear industry, the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center has investigated the use of RFID handheld readers. Here's what companies should know to take advantage of these mobile devices.
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Aug. 12, 2011
New Edition of SCAN: The Data-Capture Report Available for Download
In this week's issue of SCAN: The Data-Capture Report (presented in Adobe PDF format), Intermec CEO Pat Byrne discussses the current market conditions, and how to address them; Paul Juhasz offers insight into how the patent picture has changed; Tagsys RFID paves the way for item-level adoption; and Peter DiMaria explains why workforce management and time-and-attendance are growing more critical to employers.
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Aug. 10, 2011
RFID and Auto-ID News: Is Item-Level Apparel Tagging Going Strong,
Fading or Just Catching Its Breath? Walmart Expanding Categories to Non-Apparel

Macy's says it will wait until more retailers agree to require tagging—just a natural lull between phases of very active program, says one expert
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July 25, 2011
Gerry Weber Shows How Retailers Benefit From RFID
The winner of this year's RFID Journal Award for Best RFID Implementation is using item-level radio frequency identification technology across its value chain.
arrow Read the article.

May 2, 2011
A Guide to RFID Apparel Retail Solutions
Tagging and tracking items can help clothing merchandisers better manage inventory, improve on-shelf availability and reap other benefits to boost the bottom line. Here's what you need to know to choose the best solution for your company.
arrow Read the article.
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Apr. 1, 2011
What You Need to Know About RFID Handheld Readers
As part of an ongoing study of item-level tagging in the apparel and footwear industry, the University of Arkansas' RFID Research Center has investigated the use of RFID handheld readers. Here's what companies should know to take advantage of these mobile devices.
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