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Alien Scores Big Win

Apparel-maker VF, whose brands include Nautica and The North Face, has signed a three-year deal with leading RFID manufacturer Alien Technology.
Oct 29, 2004This article was originally published by RFID Update.

October 29, 2004—Apparel-maker VF, whose brands include Lee, Wrangler, Nautica, The North Face, Vans, and JanSport, has signed a three-year deal with leading RFID tag and hardware manufacturer Alien Technology. The terms include the purchase of roughly 600,000 tags per year initially, with that number rising as high as 5 million down the road. VF went shopping for RFID to comply with mandates from Wal-Mart and other retailers. While the first batches of tags will follow the Class 1 specification, Alien assured VF of its ability to provide tags according to the GEN 2 standard once it has been ratified, expected to happen in the coming months. VF's vice president of information technology said, "Alien's ability to ensure capacity...helps us manage risk." Ensure capacity? But it was Alien that last month announced it was sold out of Class 1 tags. Perhaps the company is hoping to drown out the noise over that announcement with some cheerier news.

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