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By Rich Handley

SML Sponsors Auburn University RFID Center, Joins Board of Advisors

SML, a provider of encoded RFID tags for retail projects, has announced that it has become a member of Auburn University's RFID Center and has taken a seat on its board of advisors. The lab is focused on the implementation of RFID and other emerging technologies in retail, such as supply chain and manufacturing.

SML will provide expertise focused on enabling an evolution to omnichannel retailing, to help businesses achieve a better return on investment (ROI) and use its Clarity solution to improve inventory accuracy. The firm's RFID-enabled labels, tags, stickers and inlays will be on display, and will be made available for demonstrations at the lab.

"We are thrilled to be part of the Auburn RFID Center, and to be a part of such a prestigious organization is a great step for us," said Dean Frew, SML's chief technology officer and senior VP, in a prepared statement. "We are expecting 2018 to be the biggest year in terms of RFID rollouts and being a member of the center's advisory board means we will be at the forefront at how retail and apparel industries can move into the future." Serving as a bridge between the academic and business communities, the RFID Center works with supply chain, retail, technology and manufacturing companies, drawing on the knowledge of faculty members and students in its College of Business, Engineering and Agriculture.

"We're very excited to have SML join the board. As the RFID market expands the need for solid tag and label solutions becomes ever greater, and we're especially interested in the leadership SML has taken in the upstream supply chain operations with Clarity," said Justin Patton, the RFID Center's director, in the prepared statement. "The brand owners and product manufacturers are coming to the forefront of the industry, and SML will play a large role on pushing the supply chain to fully realized serialized item level data sharing."

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