Smart labels and packaging are safely supporting healthcare products for patients and professionals, thereby saving lives.
If technologies for identification, tracking, authentication and improving the customer experience are necessary, other innovations are mandatory—such as eliminating viruses, for example.
Merchants are increasingly using physical cards for payments, as well as a growing number of smartphones equipped with either special chip readers or encoded images.
The Near Field Communication-enabled packaging that PearlCBD employs for its goods helps consumers confirm the authenticity of a lotion or capsule, as well as view its certification data, and learn about what cannabidiols are and how they are used.
Pure Hydration's new intelligent, reusable water bottle employs NFC technology to enable users to track their own filtered water consumption, locate refill stations and access data personalized to their own interests.
The logistics company's study cites smart packaging, based on the Internet of Packaging concept, as one of the three current priorities of businesses.
The company's new product family features a line of tags and labels known as Inspire, as well as its EcoHanger and EcoInspire products that are aimed at reducing RFID's carbon footprint by eliminating PET layers and making antennas environmentally friendly.
Senecal has been tracking each batch of chickens processed at its Normandy facility, linking RFID data to 2D barcodes on meat packaging so stores and consumers can view data regarding each product and its origins; eventually, the chickens' lives will be monitored via barcodes.
With or without RFID, smart packaging in the so-called Internet of Packaging era is bringing industries closer to their end buyers.
Inventory control, authenticity, security and the customer experience, with or without RFID, are just part of what the Internet of Packaging has already begun to provide.