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When Buying Tags - Ask the Right Questions
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I frequently lecture in RFID training events and every now and then a question comes up from RFID users and system integrators: “When buying RAIN RFID tags, what should we ask from suppliers, and what should we tell to the potential supplier?”. I asked the same question from some RFID tag manufacturers and spiced the answers up with my own experiences and collected the following summary from the answers.

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RFID Journal Live in Phoenix - The New Exciting Stuff Was in IEEE RFID
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This year’s RFID Journal Live! was arranged in Phoenix, AZ three weeks ago. I have been scanning through different reports about the show, and they all seem to amplify my own perception: the overall business was good, things are moving forward, but there was nothing particularly new and exciting this time. Sure, the inventory robots were still there, readers are integrating with antennas, and some new chips were announced, but that’s about it.

So, instead of writing about Journal Live!, this year I am focusing my show report on a co-located event that always delivers something new, the IEEE RFID conference.

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日本のコンビニエンスストアがRAIN RFIDの導入に適している4つのファクター
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Nikkei Asian Review に、日本の大手コンビニエンスストアが深刻な人手不足を解消するためにRFIDの導入を検討しているという記事がリリースされた。まず、個人的に私は日本が大好きであること、次に私はこれまでRAIN RFIDをリテール市場で展開させることに多大なる尽力をしてきている。しかしながら今回の発表には驚かせられた。その理由を説明したい。

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Four Factors That Make Japan the Perfect Place to Deploy RAIN RFID in Convenience Stores
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The Nikkei Asian Review released a story about how some of the largest Japanese convenience stores plan to deploy RFID as a fix to severe labor shortage. Firstly, I am personally a huge fan of Japan and secondly, I’ve done quite a bit of work to speed up RAIN RFID deployments in the retail market. Still this announcement from Japan took me by surprise, and let me explain why. Nikkei Asian Review: New RFID self-checkout systems will eliminate the need to scan each item individually, helping to cope with a severe lack of manpower. Unconventional Motivation This is the fi... Read more →

RAIN RFID Speeds Up Season Cycles of Apparel Value Chain
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I had the pleasure of attending a networking event of Americas Apparel Producers’ Network - AAPN a few weeks ago. The presentation topics and discussions ranged from lighter reminiscences of past gatherings to hard core statistics around today’s retail.

As a take-away I thought a grim view was painted of the main stream apparel value chain of brand owners and retailers. This traditional apparel retail value chain seems slow and rigid; and is definitely challenged by online sales and vertically integrated fast fashion companies. Recently I’ve also heard presentations from a couple of vertically integrated retail chains – with focus on their RAIN RFID projects. Those stories painted a more positive view of the retail value chain.

Read on to see how these two opposite forecasts might merge.

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GS1 Releases the TIPP Global Guideline - Streamlines RAIN RFID Adoption in Retail and Fosters Tagging Innovations
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After over 18 months of hard work, the TIPP work group under the GS1 Global Office has now released the Tagged Item Performance Protocol (TIPP) for global usage. The guideline focuses on readability of tagged items, supports all the global RAIN RFID frequencies, and also comes with additional supportive documentation to make the adoption process easier.

Many experts have invested a considerable amount of time in the creation of this guideline, and I am personally pleased with the outcome. The feedback that I’ve already collected leads me to believe that the standard lays out useful guidance also for RAIN RFID projects outside of the retail sector. Read on to learn what this standard means for the industry and end users.

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Testing Requirements of NFC/RAIN RFID Dual Frequency Labels in Production
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There are applications, where fast data collection and high read distances of RAIN RFID (UHF) tags fulfill the overall application requirements only partially. Especially the missing capability of a consumer to easily access the tag contents limits the usability for marketing, product information and authentication purposes. A NFC tag would remove that limitation but also induce additional costs and complexity to the label finishing stages: double encoding and possible data compliance verification between these two tags. Interestingly the first IC chip with both high frequency (HF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF) communication interface was launched in 2015. In this text I will take a closer look at the quality aspects of dual interface tags: How do you verify that each tag produced meets its specification?

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TIPP Offers Both Low-Hanging Fruits and Long-Term Efficiencies for Everyone in the Retail Supply Chain
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In the name of vendor compliance, many suppliers and brand owners are facing new RAIN RFID related product tagging requirements from their retailer customers. The new standard harmonizes these requirements, bringing transparency and new cost-efficiencies within grasp of all parties. Continue reading to catch some more good news coming your way!

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