Week of 06/06/11

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Retailers look to RFID item level tagging
to kick $430B out-of-stock problem

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Why are retailers so anxious to deploy item level RFID technology? For starters, out-of-stocks are robbing them of more than $430 billion in sales each year. A new study from IHL Group says that major retailers could improve sales by close to 10 percent by entirely eliminating out-of-stocks.

While RFID can't do that on its own, it's no wonder retailers like Walmart, Kohl's and Dillard's are pursuing item level tagging with such vigor. The IHL study says that more than one in five shoppers leave consumer electronics retail outlets empty handed because of out-of-stocks.

"What it comes down to is that there is no good way of counting your items at this point in time," says Zander Livingston, CEO and co-founder of Truecount Corp., and a pioneer in apparel item level retail tracking. "It's tedious on the employee, it's manual labor and employees can easily be distracted, so there are significant problems with trying to manage your inventory with human beings, particularly if you have lot of turnover. So nobody is ignoring RFID any more."

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Global chipless RFID tag market
to reach $2 billion by 2017

Chipless tags are unlikely to replace RFID tags, but will likely co-exist with them, replicating the successful co-existence of RFID and bar codes.

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Sycuan Casino turns to RFID to manage
20,000 uniforms used by 1,600 employees

RFID systems will reveal exactly what costs and savings are and create a more efficient process, with the cost reduction of lost and damaged garments going directly to the bottom line.

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VR Transpoint of Finland deploys
RFID-based train monitoring system

The world's first full scale implementation in the rail industry utilizes 10,000 tagged freight wagons and more than 300 handheld reading devices.

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Identive Group plans to double inlay
capacity over next 12 months

The company will increase capacity at its Munich and Singapore plants and commence production of RFID inlays in the U.S. with the goal of doubling total inlay production capacity over the next 12 months.

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Tagsys RFID intros durable UHF
tags for textile tracking

The UHF RFID tag for the laundry and textile services industry is designed to withstand harsh industrial laundry processes, while enhancing item-level tracking of flat linens, uniforms and other textile products.

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John R. Johnson is a veteran business and technology journalist with over 20 years of experience covering RFID technology, smart grid and supply chain topics. He is the former editor of RFIDWatch Weekly and DC Velocity magazine.

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