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Avery Dennison Provides RFID System for Food Management

The technology company is offering its Freshmarx intelligent food industry solution, to include RFID deployments with categories aimed at improving food traceability and inventory management, as well as enabling food vending machines and unmanned stores.
By Claire Swedberg

The third gain RFID provides is automated data collection for goods sold at unmanned convenience stores and food vending machines. In this case, RFID tags could be read inside vending machines (as long as readers and antennas were built into the machines), and the software would link each RFID tag's ID with a specific product's information and expiration date. In that way, food sellers could remotely view which products were for sale or needed replenishment in a particular vending machine, as well as which were nearing their expiration dates, and thereby remove those items before they could expire.

Avery Dennison is offering its technology to meet retailers' changing needs and their customers' expectations, Vargas explains. For instance, many stores provide such services as the packing and delivering of food for customers, and utilize omnichannel sales and meal kits that require access to food from a customer's nearest location.

Avery Dennison's Julie Vargas
"One of the biggest challenges for the food industry is the movement into omnichannel retail," Vargas states. "What we're doing, as a whole, is solving the biggest challenges that face the retail market today," she explains, by helping retailers to understand food products' locations and status automatically.

Freshmarx solutions are also being offered to help the industry automate food labeling, thereby ensuring food safety and compliance. The Freshmarx suite includes Freshmarx Nutrition, Freshmarx 9417+ and Tablet Systems, Freshmarx Food Donate and Waste, Freshmarx Task Tracker and Freshmarx Temperature Tracker, in addition to proprietary Freshmarx Prep software, Freshmarx Delivery, handheld labelers, and stock and custom labeling supplies.

Freshmarx Nutrition automates the labeling of goods with nutrition and calorie information. Avery Dennison's solution includes ESHA Research's ESHA Genesis R&D Food Formulation Software to calculate and import nutrition information for ingredients and recipes, thus eliminating the need for manual entry.

The Freshmarx Tablet System combines Avery Dennison's 9485 portable printer with the Freshmarx Prep software application running on an Apple iPad. The Freshmarx Food Donate and Waste system, meanwhile, enables users to track food waste, as well as label and log goods for donation. The system uses a weigh scale to measure and automatically capture details about food that is being discarded or donated so restaurants can analyze food waste and optimize inventory costs.

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