- RFID Printer Maker Printronix Acquired for $108M
Leading RFID printer/encoder manufacturer announced a deal to be acquired by Vector Capital, a private equity firm. Printronix also said its senior management will remain in place after the deal closes and the company will continue to follow its existing strategy, despite disappointing RFID sales.
- Printronix Sold to Private Equity Firm
The maker of RFID and bar-code printers and encoders expects the purchase will help it grow its RFID sales, according to the company's senior VP of marketing.
- Wave of New Gen2 RFID Tags Opens EPCglobal Show
EPCglobal opened its annual event EPC Connection today in Chicago. As vendor announcements have streamed out of the show this morning, there are new tag products galore, an encouraging sign of a rapidly maturing ecosystem. Those new tag announcements are summarized in this article.
- Wal-Mart, Best Buy Spearhead DVD-Tagging Pilot
The retailers, along with other EPCglobal members from the media and entertainment industry, are testing RFID's ability to provide visibility into where items are located, when they were placed there and when more need to be ordered.
- Small DOD Supplier Deploys RFID, Foresees Internal Benefits
Nav-Aids, a 15-employee Canadian maker of test accessory kits for aircraft, has implemented a system enabling it to fulfill U.S. RFID mandates in-house.
- Metro Group's Galeria Kaufhof Launches UHF Item-Level Pilot
The project involves the application of EPC tags to individual garments and the use of RFID-enabled dressing rooms and displays and a smart mirror. The participants say this is the world's first end-to-end UHF item-level application.
- Hong Kong Shoppers Use RFID-enabled Mirror to See What They Want
Mi-Tu, a high-end retailer, has installed RFID-enabled mirrors, catalogs and security systems designed to improve the shopping experience and boost sales.
- San Bernardino Human Services RFID-enables File Warehouse
The agency is consolidating its files into one large depot, and plans to use RFID to identify, store and retrieve them.
- Aggressive Sales Growth Predicted for Passive Tags in North America
Frost & Sullivan expects a compound annual growth rate of 21.5 percent during the next six years, spurred in part by increased adoption in Canada.
- RFID to Track Rare Cheese in Spain
The University of Dortmund is testing RFID's ability to authenticate and track cave-ripened blue cheese as it moves from production to stores.
- Annin Puts ROI on Hold
Although its RFID system can do more than merely satisfy Wal-Mart's requirements, the flag maker says wider use will have to wait. In the meantime, the company has learned some valuable lessons.
- RFID World Announces Date Change, New Strategy
CMP Technology, the media company that owns the annual RFID World event, today announced a three-year plan for its RFID business. In 2008, RFID World will be moved from its originally scheduled spring slot to mid-September. Then in 2009 and 2010, the show will return to the spring and be co-located with the business technology event Interop.
- Italian Textile Firms Rolls Over to RFID
Griva applies an EPC RFID tag to each roll of fabric it processes, resulting in lower labor costs, increased production and a rapid ROI.
- BRIDGE Expects to Launch Five European RFID Pilots This Fall
The biggest of the EU-funded projects involve seven pharmaceutical and health-care organizations, using RFID and 2-D bar codes to trace drugs from the point of manufacture to delivery at a pharmacy.
- New Battery Could Drive Semi-active RFID Growth
A venture-backed startup called Infinite Power Solutions is developing a cutting edge battery chemistry that it believes could be incorporated into semi-active RFID tags, thereby widening the potential applications for the technology.