SML Continues to Expand Capacity to Support Growing Global RFID Market for Retail

—An impressive year for RFID has been witnessed across the globe—

DALLAS — July, 3rd 2018 — SML, the leading full-service Item-level RFID solution provider, has today announced its impressive progress in the retail industry. In 2017, the company produced over 1.4 billion encoded RFID tags, allowing SML to deliver encoded RFID tags to over 95% of the retail RFID rollout projects around the world.

SML is a trusted partner to the world’s largest retailers and top fashion brands, delivering proven results and rapid ROI. SML offers a broad range of certified RFID-enabled labels, stickers, hang tags, woven labels, printed fabric labels and inlays from the largest global network of RFID source-tagging service bureaus.

The Item-Level RFID encoded tag market is currently growing at over 30% each year and SML is investing heavily to support this rapidly growing market. High speed encoding and converting solutions are accommodating the expansion of existing and new brands in a fast-paced fashion industry. More SKUs, lower volumes per SKU with higher overall volume and faster sew to store timelines are aspects which can all be achieved by the adoption of RFID.

“SML Group recognized years ago that encoding close to the vendor was a necessity, therefore encoding solutions were built to support rapid set-up and expansion to support the market demand”, says KC Lau, CEO of SML Group.

Lau continues: “This strategy has since been well received by customers and differentiates us from others in the market. We expect to double our capacity every two years, as we continue to grow faster than the broader market”.

Customers are now turning to the highest performing inlays possible, in order to support more rapid stock counts within stores and more accurate supply chain read performance.

“SML’s emphasis on expansion is not solely production related, but also embraces the area of sustainability. We develop and produce sustainable products without compromising quality, performance or speed.” says Lau. “Inlay designs, labels and all other RFID solutions provide retailers with full coverage of the technology, including remote RFID printing solutions for garment vendor logistic centers and retail stores.”

SML currently operates the largest network of RFID tag services bureaus across the world, active in 20 countries and supporting a wide range of tag formats. This includes adhesive labels, labels on existing price tickets, integrated price tickets, integrated sew-in labels and customer designed solutions for hard to tag items across several industries.


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About SML

 As the leading full-service RFID solution provider, SML is a trusted partner to the world’s largest retailers and top fashion brands, delivering proven results and rapid ROI. SML offers a broad spectrum of certified RFID-enabled tags and the enterprise-class Clarity®™ RFID software application suite providing best-in-class item-level RFID inventory management in-store and throughout the supply chain.  Our objective is to deliver technology solutions to help our retailer customer boost their operational excellence, accelerate sales, and ultimately forge ahead into this “New Era of Retailing “

SML has successfully deployed RFID tags and software solutions to some of the world’s most prominent retailers, including Herman Kay, Marks & Spencer, Lids, Mydyer, Tesco and many others. SML has delivered over 1.4 billion encoded RFID tags to retailers and over 5 billion retail RFID transactions were successfully conducted on Clarity® last year creating millions of dollars in enterprise benefit for our customers. Whether a retailer or brand owner needs millions of high quality encoded RFID tags delivered to factories around the world, or they need a full RFID software solution to drive significant business transformation, or both, SML is often the solution provider of choice.  For more information about any of our RFID tag or software solutions visit our SML-RFID website at or reach out to us at [email protected].