The rate of adoption for radio frequency identification in the retail apparel, footwear and accessories market has more than doubled during the past two years, according to a survey of 60 European and U.S. retailers and wholesalers, conducted by management and strategy consulting firm Kurt Salmon.
University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center says it will attach Visybl's Bluetooth beacons next month to packages of naloxone, an opioid-blocking drug, to determine whether patients discard the medication before leaving the premises and to gauge their willingness to have the medicine tracked.
Macy's plans to have all items in every store tagged by the end of 2017, according to Bill Connell, senior VP of logistics and operations. To achieve this goal, the retailer is asking all of its product vendors to supply merchandise already fitted with passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags based on the Electronic Product Code Gen 2 standard.
Maille, a purveyor of specialty mustards, is planning to launch RFID-based technology at its stores in Paris and New York, the company says, enabling customers to digitally record their favorite products.
East Coast Warehouse & Distribution (ECW), a provider of logistics services, has reduced labor costs and increased productivity via a radio frequency identification solution that tracks the locations of more than 1,000 shipping containers throughout its 60-acre yard.
Altrad Group, a France-based manufacturer of construction equipment, is using Bluetooth beacons to track the real-time movements of scaffolding products within a portion of its production facility and warehouse - with plans for a larger deployment.
When car race fans ordered drinks at last month's Italian Formula (F1) Grand Prix, at a pop-up bar operated by the Martini wine and spirits company, they could opt for a drink with an intelligent ice cube containing a Bluetooth beacon and sensor that could not only cool their beverage but order the next one for them.
Aman Aviation & Aerospace Solutions, an Indian aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul company, is using an ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID solution from Dolphin RFID to track the work it provides to customers of its aircraft components. The company is also serving as a reseller for Dolphin RFID's solution so that Aman Aviation's customers can utilize the RFID tags for their own in-house inspections or inventory management.
Cavalier Group, a vertically integrated provider of red meat to South African retailers, operates cattle and lamb livestock farms, feedlots, livestock trading houses, slaughterhouses and meat packing plants across the country. It had relied heavily on various sensors to manage its operations - such as thermistors that are used to ensure its chillers are operating optimally - and its security systems, such as access control and CCTV cameras. But because those sensor and security networks were in silos with separate interfaces, they were not always easy to use.
For the past four years, VarodaRent, a Dutch company that provides containers and other moving equipment on a rental basis, has been using radio frequency identification technology to track the movements of its boxes, containers and other assets as they are automatically sent to customers and then returned.