Week of 07/25/11

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Macy's extends RFID to six DCs for
tagging furniture and bedding supplies

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Within a year, item level tagging is expected to be well on its way to becoming ubiquitous in the retail supply chain. In fact, the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative has set a goal of achieving industry adoption by mid 2012.

Although numerous reports have stated that retailers like Walmart and Macy's slowed their tagging programs this spring, any delays are expected to be temporary, with little or no impact on overall adoption.

According to VDC Research, Walmart is still expected to consume 800 million RFID tags for its item level program during 2011. And executives at Macy's dispute claims that they have slowed apparel tagging. In fact, Macy's has deployed tagging at six distribution centers that handle furniture and bedding goods for the purpose of improving cycle counts and maintaining physical inventory accuracy.

Click here for a full update on the Macy's tagging program and on the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative.

RFID will deliver enhanced social media
options for NYC Marathon runners

The new apps are the first to integrate RFID chip timing and GPS technology to allow the real time tracking of runners, as well as listing and search of race participants and email and mobile device push notification delivery of participant progress.

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Smartrac unveils full line
of NFC transponders

After manufacturing more than a billion RFID transponders (LF; HF; UHF), Smartrac has announced its intention to support its global customer base in tapping the potential of NFC technology.

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Identive Group acquires ID
management firm Polyright SA

Polyright's strong position in the education and healthcare markets in Switzerland will provide a strong addition to Identive Group's multicard business in the loyalty and commercial sectors.

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Xerafy Brings Pico Plus Size Power
to RFID Inventory Management

The PicoX II Plus and its much-anticipated case-less version, Pico-On Plus, are UHF RFID-on-metal (ROM) tags that are sized to fit on small metallic assets like blade servers, an exceed competitive read range performance for ROM tags twice its size.

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Document Security Systems
Outlines RFID business strategy

DSS Plastics Group's RFID-related sales of LF, HF, UHF products tripled during the first six months of 2011, with larger orders expected in the second half of 2011 from both new and existing customers.

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ODIN RFID partner program
offers money back guarantee

The program, specifically designed to help VARs drive more revenue from RFID opportunities, includes patented RFID software and lead generation activity with a guarantee of new RFID revenue in the first year.

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VICS supports EPC standards for
Item Level RFID Initiative

The endorsement of GS1 EPC standards will help advance the work of the VICS Item Level RFID Initiative (VILRI) in defining industry adoption and best practices.

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