Feature Articles

  1. Retail IT VAR Of The Future Preview: 4 Parts Of The Retail IT Ecosystem
    3/2/2015

    Business Solutions Retail IT VAR Of The Future Conference, May 12-13, at Bally’s Las Vegas, will present an in-depth look at four topics: POS-as-a-Service, mobile point of sale (POS), Payment Security and EMV, and customer experience.

  2. GS1 Performance Protocol Aims To Standardize Tagged-Item Requirements
    2/4/2015

    Standards group GS1 US has issued a new protocol outlining tagged-item requirements that assigns grades to EPC (electronic product code) ultrahigh-frequency UHF RFID tag specification and that standardizes testing.

  3. NIST Study Examines Use Of RFID For Forensic Evidence Management
    12/16/2014

    RFID technology is widely used in manufacturing and other industries as a method of tracking and managing inventories.

  4. How RFID Technology Can Help Protect Students
    12/2/2014

    In an effort to improve the safety of children on their way to and from schools, school systems are looking into tracking solutions as a way to keep tabs on where students are.

  5. RFID Tracks Medications, Improves Safety
    11/14/2014

    Electronic tracing of medication trays has improved patient safety at Fletcher Allen in Vermont. By Katie Wike, contributing writer

  6. Could RFID Tech Improve Breast Cancer Surgery?
    10/16/2014

    University of Wisconsin researchers are currently working on using implantable radio frequency identification (RFID) chips to guide surgeons to a tumor’s location. They believe that the technology has the potential to replace painful and less accurate wire localization methods.

  7. Retail RFID – Improving The Customer Experience Means Increasing Demand For Source Tagging By Suppliers
    9/25/2014

    As Retailers expand the implementation of item-level RFID, how do suppliers meet the requirements placed on them for source tagging? Initiatives by retailers’ to-date have largely been focused on inventory management of specific products and tagging of the items done in the DC or store.  But as retailers go beyond modest-scope goals and tagging of specific items such as shoes, bras and denim the shift to source tagging by retail suppliers will continue to grow.

  8. Six Best Practices For Effective Source Tagging
    9/8/2014

    Manufacturers and retailers face an ever-changing consumer environment, where operational agility and customer loyalty drive margins and revenue. This has increased the focus on source tagging, which provides a ubiquitous product protection solution throughout the retail supply chain. Source tagging benefits both manufacturers and retailers by increasing sales and in-stock rates, while decreasing shrink.

  9. RFID Solution Tracks Assets For Global Provider Of High-Pressure Gas Cylinders
    7/14/2014

    A worldwide atmospheric gas provider was looking for a way to track its inventory of high-pressure gas cylinders through its global supply chain, including warehouses and manufacturing facilities. The cylinders are placed on pallets and are delivered from and to a variety of locations around the globe daily. Not only would the tracking solution need to be intrinsically safe due to the volatile nature of the gasses inside the cylinders, it would need to work in an environment where multiple metal surfaces would be present such as carbon steel, stainless steel, nickel, aluminum and carbon fiber wound metal.

  10. The Bar Code Turns 40
    6/25/2014

    When first introduced four decades ago, bar codes helped warehouses, retail shops, and grocery stores to scan their products quicker and keep better track of inventory. A look at the bar code as it observes its 40th anniversary this week — June 26, 2014 — reveals new innovations that VARs can leverage to provide business solutions for customers.