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RFID News Roundup

Checkpoint intros micro RFID label for health, beauty retail; pilots meat-tracking solution ••• Smartrac unveils dual-frequency RFID inlay, new in-store analytics solution ••• GlobeRanger expands suite of aviation RFID offerings, gets FAA letter of operational suitability ••• Tyco Retail Solutions debuts RFID-enabled storefront shrink-visibility application ••• Juniper announces Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet with Windows 10 and optional UHF RFID ••• Omni-ID secures $21 million in new funding ••• NXP and Guala Closures to develop NFC bottle closures for wine and spirits.
By Beth Bacheldor
Jan 21, 2016

The following are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: Checkpoint Systems; Smartrac, EM Microelectronic; GlobeRanger; Tyco Retail Solutions; Juniper Systems; Omni-ID; NXP Semiconductors and Guala Closures.

Checkpoint Intros Micro RFID Label for Health, Beauty Retail; Pilots Meat-tracking Solution

Checkpoint Systems has announced its Micro RFID label for the health, beauty and cosmetics categories, such as hair care, over-the-counter medication and mid-size cosmetics. The company has also announced that food retailers are testing a new RFID-enabled meat-tracking solution currently under development.

Because of small sizes, stock-keeping unit (SKU) complexity and densely packed merchandising displays, the health, beauty and cosmetics categories have specific inventory-management challenges, according to Checkpoint. The new Micro inlay's tiny size—25 millimeters by 10 millimeters (1 inch by 0.4 inch)—is a suitable RFID label for this purpose, the company reports.

The Micro, a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) label compliant with the ISO 18000-6C (EPC Gen 2) RFID standard, can be encoded and printed to carry Electronic Product Code (EPC) data in several formats, as well as be printed with a 2D printed bar code and human-readable text. It is integrated with Impinj's Monza R6 RFID chip for optimal performance with Checkpoint's RFID solutions and other Merchandise Visibility solutions, Checkpoint says. The Micro can be applied to the packaging of numerous health, beauty and cosmetics products, or directly on the products themselves. The Micro and its previously released companion labels, the Whisper and the Slim (see RFID News Roundup: Checkpoint Systems Unveils New RFID Labels for Health, Beauty, Cosmetics), allow retailers to tag more merchandise than was previously possible, in order to maximize their inventory visibility.

The Micro RFID labels are available immediately.

Checkpoint has also announced that it is developing an RFID-based solution for managing fresh meat, to help combat the multibillion-dollar loss per year of meat products and associated labor costs at food retailers due to expiration. Checkpoint notes that U.S. retailers alone lose $8.8 billion annually due to meat spoilage.

Because the solution is still under development, Checkpoint has declined to provide any additional details regarding the solution or when it will be available. But according to the company, a national retailer that is using the solution in a pilot deployment found that it was able to reduce fresh-meat replenishment time, decrease the amount of time employees spent replenishing expired meat, reduce meat waste and increase sales. In addition to these benefits, the fresh-meat solution is expected to increase markdown compliance, improve the customer experience by improving food freshness and on-shelf availability, and be easily adopted by workers into their current daily routines.

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