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By Rich Handley

New RFID Label from Checkpoint Systems Boosts Merchandise Visibility

Checkpoint Systems, a supplier of electronic article surveillance (EAS) and RFID solutions for the retail industry, has announced its Wind RFID label for cosmetics categories and other merchandise-visibility applications. The new label features Impinj's Monza R6-P RAIN RFID tag chip, which is optimized for serializing such items as apparel, electronics, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and jewelry. The chips support privacy, loss-prevention and brand-protection capabilities for retailers and brand owners.

The Wind label works with a range of common systems, such as handheld and fixed readers, including Checkpoint's Wirama-based point-of-exit (PoE) pedestals (E10 2.0), ceiling-mounted (OH2) sensors and RFID DC tunnels. It features an inlay size of 50 millimeters by 30 millimeters (2 inches by 1.2 inches), complies with the ISO 18000-6C standard, and can be encoded and printed to carry Electronic Product Code (EPC) data in several formats—RFID, bar codes and human-readable text.

The Wind RFID label
"We are thrilled to see Checkpoint driving always-on inventory management solutions using its Wind label with our Monza R6-P chip featuring AutoTune," said Craig Cotton, Impinj's VP of marketing and product management, in a prepared statement. "Our strong, ongoing partnership with Checkpoint enables new solutions and tagging of new categories of items. The Monza R6-P chip includes Integra technology that enables RAIN RFID labels to deliver higher data reliability and accuracy, which is a must for retail deployments."

"Several large retailers have expressed a strong interest in expanding RAIN RFID categories to include health/beauty/cosmetics categories," said Umesh Cooduvalli, Checkpoint Systems' senior director, in the prepared statement. "The new Wind RFID tags designed for these products will help them achieve their goals of auto replenishment and inventory management."

According to the company, the Wind RFID label is available immediately.

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