Retail Intelligence Blog

January 15th, 2018

SML Group Unveils Breakthrough Small Form Factor Retail RFID Inlays Powered by NXP’s UCODE 8 Chip

Today, leading retail RFID solutions provider SML introduced the first production ready small form factor RFID inlay for the retail industry using the super high sensitive RFID chip, UCODE 8, from NXP. The GB4U8 RFID inlay, is fully compliant with GS1 EPC/RFID Gen2v2 standard, supports RAIN RFID with global UHF frequencies and meets the following Auburn University RFID Retailer Performance Specifications: Spec A, B, C, D, M, G, Q, F, and Spec N. GB4U8 RFID inlay, measuring only 42x16mm, is the first small format inlay in the RFID history to pass all active categories including F and N, making it ideal for use by omnichannel retailers in store and supply chain deployments around the world.

January 10th, 2018

SML Leverages Leadership in RFID Apparel and Footwear to Enter New Markets

SML is an established global leader in delivering high performance and high quality encoded RFID tags for the majority of successful RFID retail projects around the world. In addition, SML is one of the top item-level RFID software solutions companies with more than 1000 stores live.

Today the company announces their entry into six tangential markets that can benefit from item-level RFID solutions, sharing many of the same business case elements and omnichannel models that are driving adoption in the apparel and footwear segments. SML has identified the following market segments to pursue item-level inventory management

January 9th, 2018

Meet SML At The NRF 2018 Retail Big Show

This year’s NRF 2018 Retail Big Show is right around the corner, and SML RFID is looking forward to a flurry of activity at the Javits Convention Center. Join us and other industry leaders and innovators January 14 through 16, 2018, in New York City for the nation’s most important retail conference of the year. This is where you get a first look at new technologies, products and best practices and rub shoulders with both industry giants and up-and-comers.

Retail and RFID Trends: ROI That Makes You More Competitive

Modern retail strategy can’t simply spotlight the product and product delivery and call it a day. It’s not enough to have a stellar product; successful companies provide customers what they want and need as quickly and painlessly as possible. Processes are as important as products in many industries, and processes backed by the right data and technology tools tend to outperform those that aren’t.

November 15th, 2017

SML Sponsors RAIN RFID Alliance Meeting in Shenzhen, China

This past month, SML partnered with Invengo as a Platinum sponsor of the global RAIN Alliance meeting in Shenzhen, China. The more than 250 attendees had an opportunity to network with industry peers, engage in meaningful discussions, participate in workgroup meetings, attend enlightening presentations and even take a tour of the local Invengo factory.

Henry Lau, RFID Director, Asia Pacific at SML Group, led a presentation on the global trends of RAIN RFID deployment and solutions in the retail industry. In the presentation, he analyzed the global trends of RFID solutions as well as the deployments related to the great success of RFID in the retail industry in the past few years. He also gave real-world examples from numerous brands that have adopted RAIN RFID Retail technology.

SML is proud to be a member of this RFID industry alliance and works together with colleagues to help advance RAIN RFID technology to benefit the retail industry and will continue to contribute their expertise. Florence Lo, SML RFID Sales Operations Manager, is the co-chair of the RAIN Retail Workgroup and continues to lead the effort to expand applications of RFID technology in the retail industry.

 

September 28th, 2017

Retail Leads the Pack in RFID Adoption

For many industries, the business value of RFID technology was first demonstrated in the supply chain. The capability to accurately see your inventory levels across your entire supply chain, has driven automated inventory decision-making, reduced costs and better customer service.

Automated Inventory | SML RFID

In fact, some industries have some evidence of mandating the use of RFID for verifiable tracking of assets, such as tracing the supply of pharmaceuticals, tracking luggage or compliance with FDA unique device identifiers for medical devices. In these industries, adoption is only happening where mandates are in place and/or only in small slices of the market.  (more…)

August 8th, 2017

SML Sponsors RAIN RFID Alliance for the Retail Market

SML recently sponsored the global RAIN RFID Alliance meeting at the Amazon One facility in Seattle, Washington.  It was a great meeting in support of RAIN RFID, which fosters the advancement of UHF RFID technologies to help businesses and consumers identify, locate and authenticate items in our everyday world.

Florence Lo, RFID Sales Operations Manager at SML Group, led the RAIN Retail workgroup session and discussed the benefits and recent successes of RAIN technology in retail.  Florence also shared a presentation entitled “Simplifying RFID ROI for Retail Industry,” which is available for viewing online. The presentation covers the key components of a successful RAIN Retail application, including: (more…)

July 19th, 2017

Retail Leads the Pack in RFID Adoption

Retail RFID Adoption | SML RFIDFor many industries, the business value of RFID technology was first demonstrated in the supply chain. The capability to accurately see your inventory levels across your entire supply chain, has driven automated inventory decision-making, reduced costs and better customer service.

In fact, some industries have some evidence of mandating the use of RFID for verifiable tracking of assets, such as tracing the supply of pharmaceuticals, tracking luggage or compliance with FDA unique device identifiers for medical devices. In these industries, adoption is only happening where mandates are in place and/or only in small slices of the market. (more…)

July 10th, 2017

Physical Goes Digital in Retail 3.0

As technologRetail 3.0y continues to advance rapidly, retailers have a lot of high-tech tools at their disposal — from mobile apps and social media marketing, to virtual reality and fraud detection tools. But without easy access to accurate data, all the technology in the world is useless; after all, garbage in equals garbage out. That’s why perhaps the most revolutionary technology in retail today is item-level RFID, delivering the capability to manage inventory in real-time throughout the retail supply chain with accuracy up to 98 percent or higher. (more…)

June 1st, 2017

Reverse Logistics for Faster, Simpler Returns

Reverse Logistics | SML RFIDIn the retail world, product returns are an unfortunate fact of life. The need to accommodate returns quickly and unconditionally is a key aspect of good customer service, whether you are selling online or in the store. Yet the overall costs incurred in returning and exchanging merchandise can take a big bite out of your profits.

In order to process returns faster and more cost-efficiently, consider the principal of reverse engineering… The use of RFID technology has become accepted as a common tool to track inventory throughout the retail supply chain, from the source to the store. But merchandise flows in more than one direction — RFID also helps reduce the time and money spent processing returns.

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April 20th, 2017

SML Presenting at RFID Journal LIVE! 2017

This year’s RFID Journal LIVE! is right around the corner, and we’re looking forward to a flurry of activity at the Phoenix Convention Center, May 9-11. In addition to being a Signature Sponsor of the exhibition, SML will participate in two informative speaking sessions during the conference:

Retail and Apparel Panel

(May 10th, 9:15AM)

Many retail and apparel companies were early adopters of RFID, pioneering the technology in their stores and supply chains. Our own Dean Frew, CTO and Senior VP of SML’s RFID Solutions, will moderate a panel of retailers/ brand owners to share key insights from the successful use of RFID in retail. In this general session, panelists Kevin O’Dare, Lead Business Partner of Target, and Richard Haig, CIO/CTO for Herman Kay Co., will join Dean to address how they are using RFID to achieve operational benefits, as well as the lessons they learned from their deployments.

For more, visit www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/session?1368

Solution-Provider Session: RFID Source-Tagging Simplified

(May 10th, 11:50AM)

Gary Moskovciak, Senior Vice President of SML USA, is responsible for SML’s commercial and operational business units in the Americas. In this session, Gary will outline how to approach RFID tagging from a source-tagging perspective, from design through execution. Using real-world examples from SML’s deployments for some of the largest retailers worldwide, he will provide helpful insight into how to get to a cost-neutral tag solution, as well as global deployments that help drive key benefits to retailers, brand owners and factories.

Visit www.rfidjournalevents.com/live/session?1553 for more.

And don’t forget to visit SML in Booth #504. We look forward to seeing you at RFID Journal LIVE!

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