These are clearly turbulent times in retail. How people shop is changing—and with it the strategies employed to attract and retain customers. Store technology is changing, offering new opportunities, and ushering in new risks. What does the upheaval mean for loss prevention? What are the primary challenges the industry may Read More
Tag: rfid technology
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a product identification method that relies on storing and remotely retrieving data using RFID tags. This technology aids primarily in the accountability and identification of product. Unlike UPC bar codes, RFID technology does not require contact or line of sight for communication. This system enables automatic identification of any material object or inventory item without scanning individual labels or tags.
The RFID tags are integrated circuits that include a small antenna, using electromagnetic fields to transfer data. The tagging system includes the tag itself, a read/write device, and a host system application for data collection, processing, and transmission. The RFID reader transmits an encoded radio signal to the tag. The tag receives the message and then responds with its identification and other data. This may simply be a unique tag serial number, or may contain product-related data such as a stock number, lot or batch number, or other specific information. Since tags have individual serial numbers, the RFID system design can discriminate among several tags that might be within the range of the RFID reader and read them simultaneously.
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RFID tags that contain their own power source are known as active tags. An active tag has an on-board battery and periodically transmits its ID signal. Active tags have more memory and can be read at greater ranges. Those without a power source are known as passive tags. A passive tag is cheaper and smaller because it has no battery. This type of tag is briefly activated by the radio frequency scan of the reader. The electrical current is small—generally just enough for transmission of an ID number.
Systems are flexible and adaptable, able to read large amounts of tagged items at once and allowing for various applications. RFID tags can be applied to or incorporated into a product, allowing for various applications. They are typically small enough that they are not easily noticeable and therefore can be placed on many types of objects. This technology is continuing to grow in use and application.
Over the years, enterprise needs for supply-chain asset protection (SCAP) have undergone a transformation from lock-and-key security operations to more integrated supply-chain security and facilitation networks. By taking advantage of the latest technology, this evolution is possible. However, too many organizations look to technology as a cure-all. This leads to Read More
It wasn’t too long ago that the best way to deter shoplifters was to lock up your high-risk, high-value products or keep them behind the counter. But with ever-increasing competition and shrinking margins, successful retailers need to have their merchandise out on the sales floor, where potential customers can touch Read More
The retail loss prevention industry has seen a pronounced evolution through the years. It is very different today than in the past, and it will continue to evolve. I have been in this business for over 40 years, so I have experienced this evolution firsthand. But until writing a recent series Read More
Senior loss prevention executives throughout retail are coming to grips with a new entry into the field of promotional sale events—the all-too-frequent store-closing sale.
It is no longer a rarity that LP managers are called upon to design and implement shrink-control programs that protect inventories throughout the process of closing a retail store. Often, a Read More
Bill Turner, LPC, has been a reader and contributor to Loss Prevention magazine (now LP Magazine) since its inception in 2001. Now, as the publication celebrates its 15-year anniversary, Turner looks back at the publication’s past five years in a feature article in the January-February 2017 issue. This third and Read More
The Retail Industry’s Biggest Expo Features Integrated Technology at the Heart of Omni-Channel Retailing
By Jack Trlica
Integrated technology is on display throughout the exhibition halls at the National Retail Federation’s BIG Show in New York City’s Jacob Javits Convention Center January 15–17. On-shelf availability, product visibility, customer experience, associate management, and, yes, asset protection—all are included in solutions provided by hundreds of companies both large and Read More
By Bill McBeath
Over recent years, we’ve witnessed a resurgence of interest and substantial growth in the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in retail—a veritable RFID Renaissance—with well over a billion tags used this year, not just in apparel, but for other categories and uses as well. It is being used Read More
lululemon, DICK’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart and Johnston & Murphy Recognized as Innovative Industry Leaders
Tyco Retail Solutions recently congratulated its customers, lululemon, DICK’s Sporting Goods, PetSmart and Johnston & Murphy, on industry award recognition for retail innovation and store operational excellence.
The brands were honored with the Retail TouchPoints Store Operations Superstar Awards and the Innovative Retail Technologies Retailer Innovation Awards for exemplary innovation and Read More