Week of 01/10/11


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Retailers: Item level RFID could be
ubiquitous by the end of 2012
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Item level RFID technology is well on the road to mass adoption by apparel retailers and could become ubiquitous by the end of next year. That was the message coming out of Tuesday morning's meeting of the Item Level RFID Initiative held during NRF in New York City. The event was attended by more than 100 retailers, suppliers, technology providers and members of academia.

The immediate goal of the group, which was formed in June and formally announced in November, is to further accelerate item level tagging by publishing industry guidelines and business case roadmaps for return on investment for retailers and suppliers.

"The technology is here and it's pretty exciting what we will have the ability to do," says Cynthia DiPietrantonio, chief operations officer for Jones Apparel, which operates 750 retail stores.

"No matter how good the utilization of the bar code is, it is woefully short of what you can accomplish with RFID technology," says Peter Longo, president of logistics and operations for Macy's.

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Confidex tags track 3.5M returnable
containers in "Operation Chip It"

According to the firm, the deal with Container Centralen is the largest UHF RFID tag implementation in returnable transit items worldwide and also the largest purchase order of EPC Gen2 specialty tags ever.

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BT taps Omnitrol Networks to provide
retailers with real-time inventory

The solution will allow retailers to track actual inventory movements and item-level velocity by SKU and will deliver proactive real-time replenishment alerts and visibility for store managers.

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Impinj solution drives inventory accuracy
for French jewelry chain CLEOR

The "Powered by Impinj" RFID solution significantly improved inventory accuracy and supply chain efficiency through 50 stores, which process nearly one million pieces of jewelry annually.

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Trimble announces availability of
ThingMagic Mercury6e RFID reader

The M6e is the world's smallest 1 Watt, four-port UHF reader module, delivering significant time-to-market advantages to original equipment manufacturers (OEM), value added resellers (VAR), and solution providers.

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RFID solution from Zebra improves
inventory accuracy at Campbell Hausfeld

In addition to numerous operational advantages, Campbell Hausfeld has realized a significant labor cost savings and an 80 percent decrease in errors.

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Invengo releases RFID 70*19mm inlay
and paper label for retail applications

The 70*19mm UHF RFID inlays, incorporating chip technology from Impinj and NXP, are designed to be used as a stick on label, or encapsulated inside an apparel hang tag, to track item level retail goods.

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