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RFID News Roundup

Checkpoint releases circular tag for health, beauty products; boosts production capabilities ••• Farsens unveils prototype RFID sensor tags ••• RFID, RTLS adoption to rise in warehouses, according to Zebra study ••• Startup reelyActive launches Bluetooth-enabled customer-tracking service ••• STiD unveils two new UHF RFID tags for aerospace, oil and gas industries ••• GS1 UK survey shows growing RFID adoption by apparel sector ••• Radley and Smart Label Solutions announce partnership.
By Beth Bacheldor
Apr 28, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Checkpoint Systems; Farsens; Zebra Technologies; reelyActive; STiD; GS1 UK; Radley Corp., and Smart Label Solutions.

Checkpoint Releases Circular Tag for Health, Beauty Products; Boosts, Production Capabilities

Checkpoint Systems has announced that it has expanded its portfolio of RFID labels for health and beauty products with its new Compass ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID label for improved inventory management. The company has also announced new high-speed, high-quality RFID tag and label production capabilities with its new EVO printing.

The Compass is a circular RFID tag designed to address specific inventory-management challenges presented by round stock-keeping units (SKUs) and tightly packed merchandising displays commonly used for showcasing health and beauty products, according to Checkpoint Systems. The Compass, as well as Checkpoint's previously released UHF RFID labels—the Eye wear tag, Micro, Whisper and Slim (see RFID News Roundup: Checkpoint Intros Micro RFID Label for Health, Beauty Retail and Checkpoint Systems Unveils New RFID Labels for Health, Beauty and Cosmetics)—cover a range of health and beauty products, the company reports, allowing retailers to tag a greater amount of merchandise in order to maximize inventory visibility.

Checkpoint's Compass UHF RFID label
The Compass, compliant with the EPC Gen 2 (ISO 18000-6C) standard, is 48 millimeters (1.9 inches) in diameter and is made with an Impinj Monza 4D RFID chip. It is tamper-proof with strategic placement on packages, the company says, and delivers high read-rate performance in semi-automated physical inventory control and RFID as electronic article surveillance (EAS). The designs are tuned for best performance in frequencies designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for the United States and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) for Europe.

"The Compass label uses the Monza 4D True3D technology to deliver higher data reliability and accuracy in any direction, which is crucial for resolving challenging retail deployments," said Craig Cotton, Impinj's VP of marketing and product management, in a prepared statement.

Compass RFID labels are available immediately, and Checkpoint Systems will showcase the labels in its exhibition hall booth (#204) at next week's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition, taking place on May 3-5 in Orlando, Fla.

Checkpoint Systems has also announced EVO, its new high-speed, high-quality production system that can encode, verify and print variable data on high-quality, high-performance RFID tags and labels 10 to 15 times faster than conventional RFID thermal printers.

EVO printing is performed to a retailer's exact specifications, and tags can be printed on both sides. EVO allows for the printing of lower volumes of high-quality tags, Checkpoint says, reducing costs for retailers. Tags are double-checked for RFID Electronic Product Codes (EPC), and tag data is verified to be accurate, unique and matching any bar code on the tag that supports Quality Assurance (QA) practices.

"EVO's advanced technology uses templates for a retailer's specific variable data, such as SKU, style code, department, size, color, barcode and price," said James Wrigley, president and COO, Apparel Labeling Solutions, Checkpoint Systems, in a prepared statement. "That, coupled with its high speed, enables a more efficient printing process that provides retailers with significant cost savings and a faster turnaround on orders."

In addition, the company has announced Check-Net Mobile App, its real-time app for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets that allows retailers to quickly and easily access account information, check order status on the fly, and receive push notifications regarding orders. With Check-Net Mobile, retailers can track orders throughout the production cycle, check them across multiple Check-Net accounts, review the orders, and either approve or decline them.

Finally, the firm has announced that it has expanded its RFID printing capabilities in Asia. Checkpoint's ALS Vietnam facility now offers thermal printing of RFID tags, as well as label-production capabilities.

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