SML Group's survey of 20 companies finds that the greatest concern as quarantines lift will be gaining visibility into idled stock, so the RFID technology company is offering a solution including tags, leased handheld readers and cloud-based inventory management.
The em|echo-V combines passive UHF RFID and NFC in a single chip, which will enable new retail applications.
NFC system from Smartrac, SUKU authenticates COVID-19 test kits, PPE; Sensormatic Solutions helps retailers protect employees, customers during pandemic; Pod Group, Expeto form partnership to foster global IoT connectivity; Ardian acquires embedded IoT solutions provider Swissbit; TSC Printronix Auto ID, SOTI team up for printer management; STMicroelectronics joins Zhaga Consortium for NFC technology; Cartesiam updates its AI software for ST microcontroller development boards; Siemens Mobility, Ondas Networks partner on railroad IoT system.
Without RFID, retailers don't know what they have in their stores or their supply chains; as a result, they are struggling to deliver the right goods to the correct customers at the proper time.
More than 60 percent of delivery buyers want facilities to clean packages and thereby avoid contamination and diseases like COVID-19. IoP Journal's Edson Perin interviews Simone Galante, Galunion's founder and CEO, about a pioneering study on this topic.
If technologies for identification, tracking, authentication and improving the customer experience are necessary, other innovations are mandatory—such as eliminating viruses, for example.
With social distancing changing the face of retail, companies need to digitize their supply chain processes with the Internet of Things and radio frequency identification.
Triax Technologies intros social-distancing and contact-tracing IoT solution; POSDATA Group, Sensormatic Solutions expand partnership for retail inventory; DEPS to supply Kerlink IoT LoRaWAN solutions in Ukraine; enVista offers complimentary consulting during COVID-19 pandemic; Arm offers IoT platform for smart metering and utilities, partners with Hexing.
A report from VDC Research has found that manufacturing and retail losses will bring a decline for AIDC companies during the pandemic, but agility and visibility offerings are likely to cause growth in the long term.
The growth in the use of NFC contactless cards and smartphones is stimulating retailers to accelerate and simplify payments.