- Middle East RFID Market Heats Up
While still small compared with other parts of the world, the region's RFID market is expected to grow to $69 million in 2012—nearly quadruple what it was in 2007.
- Hawaii Expands Produce Supply Chain RFID Pilot
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is adding temperature-sensing active RFID tags and ocean shipments from the mainland US to its ongoing food traceability pilot project. The initiative continues to track produce shipments within the state with passive RFID.
- EPCIS, RFID Effective in European Pharmaceutical Pilot
RFID tags, two-dimensional bar code labels and the EPCIS data sharing standard successfully helped track more than 50,000 drug packages during a three-year pilot in Europe. Drugs made in Ireland and the Netherlands were tracked through manufacturers, packagers, distributors, wholesalers and logistics providers to a London hospital.
- Sam's Club Letter Outlines Changes to RFID Requirements
Sam's Club informed suppliers about major changes to its RFID program. Pallet tagging is still required, but the deadline has been extended from January 30, 2009 to 2010, and non-compliance fees were sharply reduced. The sellable-unit tagging deadline has been postponed indefinitely, and case tagging is now optional.
- Northwest Food Industry Examines RFID's Potential
Oregon State University, the state's agriculture department and the Northwest Food Processors Association are working to help the food industry deploy RFID successfully.
- Sam's Club Reduces Tagging Fee
Wal-Mart Stores' warehouse retail chain will charge suppliers 12 cents, instead of $2.50, for each pallet of goods it receives without an EPC RFID tag.
- Sam's Club Provides Clarity on EPC RFID Plans
The retailer has sent a letter to all of its suppliers stating it is committed to the EPC RFID tagging of sellable units, but that suppliers will have more time to meet its tagging requirements.
- Farmacias del Ahorro Prescribes RFID to Track Assets
The Mexican drugstore chain is using RFID tags, handheld readers and BlackBerry devices to keep tabs on all of its assets located in 700 stores and three warehouses.
- ARINC, Impeva Unveil Real-Time Supply Chain Tracking Solution
Designed to provide in-transit visibility of assets and goods, and currently being tested by the U.S. Army, the solution leverages a variety of RFID technologies including mesh networking and wireless sensors.
- Smart Bottles Reduce Glass Breakage
Glass container maker Ardagh Glass, as well as Coca-Cola, Coors and other beverage companies, are using facsimile bottles with built-in active RFID tags and sensors to identify sites on assembly lines that subject the glass to damaging pressure or collisions.
- Airbus, Emirates SkyCargo to Present at RFID Journal LIVE! Middle East 2009
At the event, to be held Jan. 5-7 in Dubai, industry leaders will reveal how to improve operational efficiencies.
- SecureRF to Develop Secure RFID for US Air Force
The US Air Force wants active RFID tags it can use with sensors to monitor the location and status of assets but which can't be read by enemies. SecureRF received a grant to help develop the RFID system, which will also securely encode all data transmission.
- Microsoft's Mobile RFID Software Now Available
Microsoft announced general availability of BizTalk RFID Mobile software, which was released in beta form in April. The software simplifies connectivity between mobile RFID devices and back-end systems.
- Malaysian Propane Supplier Fills Up on RFID
The system, specially designed for use in explosive environments, has enabled the company to increase worker productivity by 93 percent.
- Clothing Designer Brings RFID to Its Shoppers
NP is expanding its RFID system to fitting rooms, store shelves and sales counters, to improve customers' shopping experience and speed the payment process.