Checkpoint Introduces Dual Integrated RF-RFID Labels

Drug Stores, Apparel, Hard Goods Retailers Get Full Range of Merchandise Availability Benefits Using Existing EAS Infrastructure

Checkpoint Systems, Inc. a global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, has announced patent-pending dual RF-RFID labels that incorporate UCODE 7 chips from NXP.

The new loss prevention technology helps retailers protect health/beauty/cosmetics categories, hard goods and apparel merchandise using their current electronic article surveillance (EAS) infrastructures — while at the same time delivering radio-frequency identification (RFID) benefits in inventory cycle counting and merchandise management for omni-channel fulfillment and auto replenishment.

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The technology solution requires less power for increased read and write sensitivity — providing faster performance in reading and encoding. It also provides greater broadband width, which enables improved functionality internationally, where the frequencies of readers’ RF signals vary from region to region. This means that regardless of the point of manufacture or destination location, the UCODE 7 will perform reliably.

UNO labels were specifically developed to provide a more affordable upgrade path, allowing retailers currently utilizing EAS protection to transition to RFID by providing the option to apply it to certain merchandise categories and still leverage the EAS infrastructure they already have at stores.

In fact, the first Checkpoint health & beauty retail customer has already begun implementing UNO labels with great success improving its inventory visibility and reducing out-of-stocks. This retailer stated that because of the accurate inventory visibility with this new technology, it has now reduced its inventory counts and still improved out-of-stock metrics. A majority of Checkpoint EAS pedestals are already easily upgradeable with an available RFID kit.

“Most retailers have already begun moving or are already planning for RFID implementations in the near future,” said Uwe Sydon, Senior Vice President of Innovation, Checkpoint. “But many are wary of the migration path. UNO can be used immediately to simultaneously support loss prevention and merchandise visibility rather than having to switch labels and then upgrade later. This provides a straightforward, cost-effective path to RFID, eliminating the time and costs associated with starting from scratch.”

“With Checkpoint Systems leadership in EAS we see this as an excellent strategy and opportunity to drive increased RAIN RFID adoption throughout the global retail space,” said Suresh Palliparambil, Director of Sales, NXP Semiconductors. “This unique approach of combining the technologies in UNO resolves a retailer’s challenges of loss prevention and inventory management with one integrated solution, utilizing the EAS/RFID system expertise from Checkpoint and leading IC technology from NXP.”

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