Retail Data Capture Technology News

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) refers to the process of automatically identifying and collecting data about objects/goods, then logging this information in a computer. The term AIDC refers to a range of different types of data capture devices. These include barcodes, biometrics, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), magnetic stripes, smart cards, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and voice recognition. AIDC devices are deployed in a wide range of environments, including: retail, warehousing, distribution & logistics and field service.

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New report estimates the amount of money being wasted on unproductive paid search advertising

New report estimates the amount of money being wasted on unproductive paid search advertising

A new research paper from Go Inspire Group has estimated the amount of money currently being wasted by British businesses on unproductive paid search. This waste stems from organisations not having a 360o view of the customer – a critical capability which enables the collection of all sources of customer data.

New Pay As You Grow facility will enable more flexible repayments on Bounce Back Loans for UK smaller businesses

New Pay As You Grow facility will enable more flexible repayments on Bounce Back Loans for UK smaller businesses

The British Business Bank, the UK’s economic development bank, has announced further details of Pay As You Grow, which helps UK smaller businesses that have taken out a Covid-19 emergency Bounce Back Loan to manage their cashflow and have a better chance of getting back to growth.

PROS announces Group Sales solutions to accelerate airline recovery efforts

PROS announces Group Sales solutions to accelerate airline recovery efforts

PROS has announced new editions of SaaS-based PROS Group Sales Optimizer (GSO), giving airlines like Etihad the power and control to offer group ticket sales through flexible, responsive self-serve channels.

Ergonomic Solutions expands existing distribution agreement with Ingram DC/POS

Ergonomic Solutions expands existing distribution agreement with Ingram DC/POS

Ergonomic Solutions, the designer, manufacturer and supplier of technology mounting & mobility solutions at the Point of Sale, Point of Payment and Point of Service, has expanded its distribution agreement with Ingram Micro DC/POS.

2021 is set to be a ‘golden age’ for data, says Oxylabs

2021 is set to be a ‘golden age’ for data, says Oxylabs

2021 will bring a new set of organisational challenges, but for now business leaders are taking solace in the fact that, as vaccine rollouts begin to gather pace, there is light at the end of the tunnel, from the past 12 months of turmoil. In doing so, operational planning is increasingly moving out of short-term survival-mode to long-term progression.

Low odor ink delivers enhanced user and product experience, with better costs

Low odor ink delivers enhanced user and product experience, with better costs

A new alcohol-based ink, particularly aimed at the food industry, as well as fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) such as cosmetics, improves user experience, convenience and cost control, while still delivering excellent code quality.

Best Buy Canada selects Unily to modernise its intranet solution

Best Buy Canada selects Unily to modernise its intranet solution

Unily, provider of enterprise solutions, has been selected by Best Buy Canada, a fully owned subsidiary of Best Buy Co. Inc. and one of Canada’s top consumer retailers, to overhaul its current intranet system and digitally enhance its employee experience.

Dunelm and JRNI enable ‘Deliver to Car’ customer experience during pandemic

Dunelm and JRNI enable ‘Deliver to Car’ customer experience during pandemic

UK-based homewares retailer Dunelm has deployed curbside and Deliver to-Car functionality to its customer offering at its 170 superstores across England, Scotland and Wales.

'Slack' for fashion supply chains to bring brands & manufacturers together

'Slack' for fashion supply chains to bring brands & manufacturers together

SupplyCompass, the production platform for brands and manufacturers, has unveiled a new product update that now allows fashion businesses to invite and onboard their own factories, and streamline communication via an in-built Slack-style chat feature.

PayComplete, the new cash handling brand from SUZOHAPP, announces global launch as a FinTech IoT platform for self-service financial transactions

PayComplete, the new cash handling brand from SUZOHAPP, announces global launch as a FinTech IoT platform for self-service financial transactions

PayComplete, the new brand and identity of the cash handling division of SUZOHAPP, has announced its launch. This new brand will invest in what is an Internet of Things (IoT) platform for broader financial transactions, running both on PayComplete’s native devices and others.

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC)

Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) refers to the methods of automatically identifying objects, collecting data about them, and entering that data directly into computer systems (i.e. without human involvement). Technologies typically considered as part of AIDC include bar codes, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), biometrics, magnetic stripes, Optical Character Recognition (OCR), smart cards, and voice recognition. AIDC is also commonly referred to as “Automatic Identification,” “Auto-ID,” and "Automatic Data Capture."

Barcoding has become established in several industries as an inexpensive and reliable automatic identification technology that can overcome human error in capturing and validating information. AIDC is the process or means of obtaining external data, particularly through analysis of images, sounds or videos. To capture data, a transducer is employed which converts the actual image or a sound into a digital file which can be later analysed. 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

In the decades since its creation, barcoding has become highly standardised, resulting in lower costs and greater accessibility. Indeed, word processors now can produce barcodes, and many inexpensive printers print barcodes on labels. Most current barcode scanners can read between 12 and 15 symbols and all their variants without requiring configuration or programming. For specific scans the readers can be pre-programmed easily from the user manual.  

Despite these significant developments, the adoption of barcoding has been slower in the healthcare sector than the retail and manufacturing sectors. Barcoding can capture and prevent errors during medication administration and is now finding its way from the bedside into support operations within the hospital.

Radio-frequency identification (RFID)

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.

RFID has found its importance in a wide range of markets including livestock identification and Automated Vehicle Identification (AVI) systems and are now commonly used in tracking consumer products worldwide. Many manufacturers use the tags to track the location of each product they make from the time it's made until it's pulled off the shelf and tossed in a shopping cart.

These automated wireless AIDC systems are effective in manufacturing environments where barcode labels could not survive. They can be used in pharmaceutical to track consignments, they can also be used in cold chain distribution to monitor temperature fluctuations. This is particularly useful to ensure frozen and chilled foods have not deviated from the required temperature parameters during transit.

Cost used to be a prohibitive factor in the widespread use of RFID tags however the unit costs have reduced considerably to make this a viable technology to improve track and trace throughout the supply chain. Many leading supermarket chains employ RFID insisting that their suppliers incorporate this technology into the packaging of the products in order to improve supply chain efficiency and traceability.

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