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Major North American retailer adopts Checkpoint Systems' RFID solutions; Phychips selects Thinkify as its exclusive North American distributor; Blue Spark, Trace Tech to develop disposable RFID temperature sensors; KTS announces Bluetooth HF RFID reader; Crescent Guardian and NControl collaborate on RFID-enabled security solutions; University of Melbourne researchers study effect of GS1 standards on supply chain integration, efficiency; Macy's launches visual recognition app to simplify consumer purchases.
Crescent Guardian and NControl Collaborate on RFID-enabled Security Solutions
University of Melbourne Researchers Study Effect of GS1 Standards on Supply Chain Integration, Efficiency
GS1 standards can lead to more integrated and efficient supply chains. The research study, named Project Noah, was conducted by the Department of Management and Marketing at the University of Melbourne's Faculty of Business and Economics, in cooperation with GS1 Australia. Two reports, titled "Project Noah: To Integrate or Not to Integrate? A Ten-Year Study of Australian Businesses" and the "Project Noah: When it Comes to the Crunch—A Study of Australian Businesses," are the result of the joint research study, which is based on surveys of GS1 Australia's membership. The objective of the research was to gain a deeper understanding of the issues affecting the adoption and use of supply chain technology standards in Australia. According to the researchers, the studies reveal how supply chain integration is a critical strategy for businesses today. In "When it Comes to the Crunch—A Study of Australian Businesses," researchers found that the bar code is the number-one GS1 standards-based technology used by Australian businesses, and that the other three technologies—e-messaging, GDSN and EPC RFID—were recorded at similar levels of moderate to low usage. Adoption of EPC RFID technology was found to be low across all sectors, though usage was slightly higher for agricultural and food and beverage applications. Interestingly, the study found that businesses that have been members of GS1 Australia for more than 10 years were using e-messaging and EPC RFID at much lower levels than newer members. The study states that researches "expected businesses who are GS1 members to learn about and increase their usage of GS1 standards based technologies over time, especially as they would receive frequent communications promoting the technologies. However, this appears not to be the case." The study attributes this to the fact that businesses tend to approach GS1 when they have already decided to implement the technologies, but notes that "there is a real opportunity for GS1 and existing members to work together to ensure businesses understand the advantages of GS1 standards based technologies above and beyond what they are mandated to do." The research project collected data only from Australian firms, according to Dr. Richard Lars Gruner, a research fellow at the University of Melbourne. "I suspect that many of our findings also apply to countries where they use similar—or even the same—GS1-based technology standards," he states. "But I can, of course, not make this statement with any certainty without having collected and analyzed data from these countries."
Macy's Launches Visual Recognition App to Simplify Consumer Purchases
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