- Investor Analysis of Intermec RFID Deal with METRO
Intermec last week announced the deployment of its products as part of the major RFID deployment ramp-up by German retailer METRO Group. Investment advisory firm Raymond James has published a report on these developments and how they might affect the company in the near and medium term.
- Visa and Wells Fargo Testing NFC Payments
The two companies have started with internal tests involving Wells Fargo employees, but plan to involve consumers in the fourth quarter.
- ODIN Releases RFID Reader Benchmark for Europe
RFID solutions provider ODIN technologies this week released a benchmark of RFID readers designed for deployments in Europe. The benchmark features seven RFID readers compliant with ETSI regulations, each of which was subjected to six scientific tests and three common deployment use cases.
- METRO Moves RFID Pilot to Production, Taps Reva
Reva Systems announced today that its Tag Acquisition Processor technology (TAP) has been selected by METRO Group as part of the giant German retailer's recent decision to go from pilot to production with its RFID deployment.
- U.S. Cellular Phone Provider Tests NFC
Cellular South is conducting a two-city trial in which customers can buy goods using RFID-enabled, biometric Kyocera phones.
- Metro Rolling Out Reva's Reader Network Appliance
The retailer is installing Reva's reader networking platform at 200 distribution centers and retail locations.
- Milestone Australian RFID Pilot Heralded a Success
GS1 Australia last week announced the successful completion of an RFID pilot that saw broad collaboration from participants in the government, academia, and vendor communities. The pilot demonstrated clear productivity gains over existing processes and was characterized as "the most important EPC/RFID pilot done in Australia yet."
- Keynote Speaker Announced for RFID Journal LIVE! Europe 2007
Gerd Wolfram, leader of METRO Group's RFID effort, will explain why the retailer is moving ahead with its RFID rollout now, and what it will require from suppliers in 2008, at the RFID event for companies doing business in Europe.
- NXP Debuts Reference Design Center
The semiconductor firm sees the facility as a place where end users can test RFID technology, and where NXP and other RFID technology vendors can develop specific products based on end users' needs.
- IATA Expects Big Savings for Airlines That Tag Trolleys
The airline trade group will soon start a trial using RFID to track the wheeled carts airlines employ to carry food and duty-free items on board aircraft.
- Canadian Grocery Pilot Finds ROI in RFID
By implementing RFID, retailers and suppliers should markedly reduce out-of-stocks and improve promotional execution, according to a seven-month project involving Loblaw and four of its suppliers.
- Best Buy Eager to Use RFID to Eliminate Checkout Lines
The greatest obstacle to deployment, according to Best Buy CIO Bob Willett, is the current cost of tags and readers.
- RFID Journal Announces Speakers for Apparel Event
Dillard's CIO Bill Holder heads a lineup of industry leaders at the only RFID event designed for apparel and footwear companies.
- Manufacturers Propose Tools to Fight Counterfeiting
A group of manufacturers, trade groups and others are calling for tougher laws, increased government support and technology solutions—such as RFID—to fight counterfeit and pirated goods.
- Gruninger Uses RFID Sprinter to Meet Metro's Mandate
The German sausage maker is deploying a packaged solution put together by a 10-company consortium of vendors, and expects an ROI within two years.