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  • RFID Brand Label Is Key to Transparency and Sustainability
    Published July 2014
    Today’s informed consumer takes an active interest in the sourcing and production of the products they purchase. A growing desire for sustainable garments, material recycling and fair-trade production requires traceability and transparency throughout the entire retail supply chain. TexTrace explains how RFID source tagging offers support for quality assurance and transparency, starting at production with the oversight of materials assembly in an efficient and fair manufacturing process. (2 pages)
    Tags: Retail
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) 101: A Technology Primer With Example Use Cases
    Published June 2014
    This white paper, developed by the Smart Card Alliance Mobile and NFC Council, defines BLE technology, including key features that can benefit businesses and consumers, and the BLE ecosystem. The document explores BLE's origins and design principles, as well as applications to which it can respond. BLE is discussed in the context of merchant-, venue- and transportation-oriented applications. Example use cases illustrate category-specific issues, and are included to stimulate thought on how to overcome constraints and explore new applications. (32 pages)
  • Operational Excellence by RFID
    Published April 2014
    Fashion retailers around the world are using RFID to improve operational excellence and the shopping experience. Clothing industry consultancy Tailorit explains how companies are utilizing the technology to record, check and distribute vast quantities of items in mere seconds, without any visual contact, thereby speeding up goods flows, reducing costs and boosting sales. (11 pages)
  • The ROI for RFID in Retail
    Published February 2014
    Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest and substantial growth in the use of radio frequency identification technology in the retail sector, with more than a billion tags used last year. ChainLink Research discusses several use cases driving this surge in RFID adoption. (12 pages)
  • Drive Value Across Your Supply Chain With Chip-Based RFID Serialization
    Published November 2013
    As major retailers deploy item-level RFID and require their suppliers to do the same, brand owners must find a low-cost, reliable way to implement serialization. Because this concept is new for most suppliers, it has the potential to disrupt existing packaging and labeling business processes, especially when the supply chain extends across geographical boundaries. Zebra Technologies explains why chip-based RFID serialization offers a simpler, more cost-effective solution for deploying item-level tagging (7 pages)
  • Data-Collection Solutions Are No Longer Optional: Technology Adoption Survey Results
    Published November 2013
    Supply Chain Services and Motorola Solutions asked DC Velocity and Supply Chain Quarterly to conduct a survey of their readerships, regarding the current and future uses of automated data-collection solutions. Companies across multiple industries responded, with manufacturing, wholesale distribution, warehousing, transportation and retail companies most represented. In this white paper, Richard J. Sherman, the president of Gold & Domas Research, interprets the surveys' findings. (11 pages)
  • Improving Efficiency in the Research Lab With RFID Smart Rooms
    Published May 2013
    Most retailers achieve only about 65 percent inventory accuracy on a given day, which means one-third of all decisions are made based on inaccurate data. Terso Solutions' Keith Hoffman discusses an automated solution called the Smart Stockroom that allows authorized personnel to enter a large storage room, peruse the aisles until finding the required items and then automatically check them out. The checkout process occurs in an instant, whether involving a single product or dozens of complex reagents or chemical products worth thousands of dollars. This item-level RFID tagging system can help retailers overcome many obstacles, pushing inventory accuracy up toward 99 percent. (8 pages)
  • RFID: A Competitive Differentiator for Brand Owners and Suppliers
    Published May 2013
    Chain-wide rollouts by a number of North America's largest clothing retailers are a sign that RFID technology will soon be broadly adopted by the industry. This white paper, from SML, provides brand owners and suppliers with a high-level understanding of how RFID can help them. The report outlines key benefits that can be achieved, and how they can be incorporated into the supply chain. (7 pages)
    Tags: Retail
  • RFID Omnichannel Superstar
    Published May 2013
    RFID technology is an increasingly important enabler of omnichannel retailing. Especially important to apparel retailers is item-level RFID, in which RFID tags are attached to individual garments. Commonly integrated into a product's hangtag or pricing label, the tags are read by handheld or fixed RFID readers, providing real-time inventory visibility throughout the supply chain. Motorola explains how the system enables store management, sales associates and customers to have accurate, real-time product location and availability data. (13 pages)
  • Transforming the Customer Experience With RFID
    Published May 2013
    Despite the explosion of online choices, customers still value seeing and touching merchandise firsthand, an experience only available to them in a brick-and-mortar store. When retailers add the cutting-edge benefits of radio frequency identification technology to that unique advantage, they help close the all-too-common gaps in service, information and inventory of traditional retail, and open greater opportunities for sales and customer satisfaction. Motorola explains how RFID empowers retailers, elevating shopping into an enriching and positive experience. (9 pages)
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