Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

Radio frequency identification (RFID) is relatively a new AIDC technology which was first developed in 1980’s. The technology acts as a base in automated data collection, identification and analysis systems worldwide. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data. Unlike a bar code, the tag does not necessarily need to be within line of sight of the reader, and may be embedded in the tracked object. It can also be read only or read-write enabling information to be either permanently stored in the tag or it can be read-write where information can be continually updated and over-written on the tag.

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Checkpoint Systems expands health and beauty RFID label portfolio for improved merchandise visibility

Checkpoint Systems expands health and beauty RFID label portfolio for improved merchandise visibility

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. has expanded its portfolio of RFID labels for health and beauty products with its new Compass RFID label for improved inventory management.

Detego In-Store for RFID fixed-reader infrastructure opens up new opportunities for fashion retailers

Detego In-Store for RFID fixed-reader infrastructure opens up new opportunities for fashion retailers

Detego, the real time business intelligence solutions provideer for fashion retail, claims to be the first vendor to offer in-store software that provides out-of-the-box support for fixed RFID readers.

Tyco Retail Solutions showcases AM/RFID detection system for next generation store performance

Tyco Retail Solutions showcases AM/RFID detection system for next generation store performance

Tyco Retail Solutions is showcasing its Sensormatic Synergy Series, a finalist for "Best New Product" Award, at RFID Journal LIVE! in Orlando, FL from 3-5 May.

RFID is set to take off in UK apparel market

RFID is set to take off in UK apparel market

A recent survey by GS1 UK showed that over 25% of the top 20 retailers in the UK – including Marks and Spencer, John Lewis, Tesco F&F, ASDA George and others – are already using RFID tags in their stores.

RFID event solutions for the masses…

RFID event solutions for the masses…

London-based, award-winning RFID event technology experts Excelerated Apps have announced the release of their latest product version UpD8r 3.0.

Adaptive RFID antenna improves flexibility and reliability in production and logistics

Adaptive RFID antenna improves flexibility and reliability in production and logistics

With the Simatic RF680A, Siemens is offering an adaptive antenna for its RF650R, RF680R und RF685R UHF readers.

The retail evolution and RFID – ushering in the era of Retail 3.0

The retail evolution and RFID – ushering in the era of Retail 3.0

By Dean Frew, Sr. VP for RFID Solutions and Chief Technology Officer, SML Group.

Adoption of disruptive technologies is just that... disruptive. Yet, although implementing disruptive innovation can present a range of challenges, a business model that is stagnant for decades cannot remain successful indefinitely and is vulnerable to the next wave of innovation. This is the driving force behind the evolution of the retail business process.

Checkpoint Systems’ distributions solutions help retailers boost revenue and performance by verifying merchandise within bulk shipments is accurate

Checkpoint Systems’ distributions solutions help retailers boost revenue and performance by verifying merchandise within bulk shipments is accurate

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. has announced two new distribution center (DC) solutions that enable retailers and manufacturers to be more productive and improve shipping accuracy: RFID Box Tunnel and RFID Hanging Garment Tunnel.

The retail evolution and RFID – ushering in the era of Retail 3.0

The retail evolution and RFID – ushering in the era of Retail 3.0

By Dean Frew, Sr. VP for RFID Solutions and Chief Technology Officer, SML Group.

Adoption of disruptive technologies is just that... disruptive. Yet, although implementing disruptive innovation can present a range of challenges, a business model that is stagnant for decades cannot remain successful indefinitely and is vulnerable to the next wave of innovation.

Gerry Weber selects Tyco Retail Solutions’ RFID-based inventory visibility

Gerry Weber selects Tyco Retail Solutions’ RFID-based inventory visibility

Gerry Weber, one of the most prominent and successful German fashion and lifestyle companies, has selected Tyco Retail Solutions, provider of integrated retail performance and security solutions sold and serviced in Europe by Tyco Integrated Fire & Security, for its RFID initiative to enhance item-level inventory visibility and accuracy in 800 stores.

Benefits of RFID in Retail

 

Inventory Shrinkage (Shrink) Reduction 

• Ability to track items in real-time between manufacturer and point of sale.

• Real-time notification of any breaches in security for non-payment.

• Reduces shrinkage of stock caused by theft.

 

Monitor unattended inventory

• Automatic item identification on mixed pallets

• "Smart Shelf" systems – designed to provide real time tracking and lovating of tagged items on shelves

• Shipping and Receiving applications

 

Shelf stocking

• Real-time notification of out-of -stock items

• Improvement of product replenishment

• Improved product forecasting from product stock tracking

 

Check-out Proces

• Reduce labour/time cost of employees

• Reduce time in queue

 

RFID Smart Labels - extremely flat configured transponder under a conventional print-coded label, which includes chip,antenna and bonding wires as a so-called inlay. The labels—made of paper, fabric or plastic.

 

Types of RFID Tag

 

UHF (Ultra High Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards operate at a frequency of 915 MHz. These types of tags are considered “Passive” –with no on-board power source. Commonly specified by retailers within the supply chain, these tags must comply with the international recognized standard set by EPCglobal.

 

HF (High Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards operate at a frequency of 13.56 MHz. These types of tags are also “Passive” with no onboard power source. RFID applications that use HF RFID tags are typically the applications that require read distances of less than three feet. HF tags work better on objects made of metal (RFID Metal Tag) and can work around goods with high water content.

 

LF (Low Frequency) Tags, Labels and Cards are low-frequency tags (125khz) use less power and are better able to penetrate non-metallic substances. These types of tags are also “Passive” –with no on-board power source. They are ideal for scanning objects with high-water content, such as fruit, but their read range is limited to less than a foot.