R-pac Offers Small EPC UHF Label With Long Range Read
Macy's, JC Penney and other major retailers have already tested the new labels, made with Smartrac's new WebLite inlay.
According to Arguin, the pricing for the label made with the WebLite tag is competitive with others presently on the market. "We matched the pricing the industry is at," he states.
R-pac, which has been providing packaging, ticketing and labels for approximately 25 years, began developing an RFID solution when Wal-Mart gained its interest in using RFID technology at its stores and distribution centers. R-pac is one of two primary suppliers of price labels for Wal-Mart, along with Avery Dennison. The firm now provides RFID labels to Wal-Mart's product suppliers, as well as to those supplying goods to such retailers as Macy's, JC Penney, and Lord and Taylor. R-pac provides labels manufactured with a variety of RFID inlays. It sells RFID labels to suppliers (for use on their own merchandise to be sold to retailers) and also provides them directly to retailers (for attachment to private-label merchandise, or for special use cases). The company's customers can print and encode the labels, but r-pac also operates service bureaus within customers' geographic areas, at which it can quickly encode and print tags if necessary.
For end users looking to encode and print their own tags, r-pac offers its r-trac encoding software, while its service bureaus can encode the tags with unique EPC serial numbers that are then stored on a cloud-based r-pac server that its customers can access, via a portal, using a password. Users who print and encode RFID labels onsite, Arguin says, can also have those labels' EPC numbers stored on the cloud-based server via a simple Web interface, and the labels can be ordered at the same portal.
Goods suppliers sometimes prefer to print and encode their own labels in certain instances, including for exceptions at a DC (such as in the event of a missing tag), while they ask for service bureau support for the bulk of their tags. Because products are manufactured at factories worldwide that utilize r-pac labels, the company maintains services bureaus in all areas in which manufacturing takes place, including Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe.
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