Zebra Technologies have announced that Manhattan Associates, Inc., the global leader in providing supply chain execution (SCE) solutions, has approved Zebra's Electronic Product Code (EPC) compatible UHF Class 1 R4Mplus smart label printer/encoder for its SCE solutions.
"Many of Manhattan Associates clients already depend on Zebra printers for their warehouse and logistics environments," said Stuart Itkin, vice president of marketing for Zebra. "Having Manhattan Associates approve Zebra's R4Mplus Class 1 printer/encoder for use with its supply chain execution solutions enables Manhattan Associates' customers to immediately add emerging identification capabilities to their supply chain systems, while maintaining mission critical performance from their printer/encoders."
A member of EPCglobal, Zebra is playing a leading role in the development of RFID "smart label" technology, standards and applications for supply chain and business improvement programs designed to help suppliers to the U.S. Department of Defense, Wal-Mart and other retailers meet the RFID EPC compliance identification requirements set to take effect in January 2005.
"As a fellow member of EPCglobal, the ability to offer Zebra EPC-compliant products along with our RFID in a Box and SCE solutions allows us to provide our client base with premier hardware for the printing and application of RFID tags and labels," said Greg Gilbert, product management, RFID, Manhattan Associates. "Our approval of Zebra's R4Mplus printer for use with our solutions helps strengthen the partnership we enjoy with Zebra and will help to deliver RFID capabilities to Manhattan Associates' clients around the globe."
As a pioneer and leader in RFID printing/encoding technologies, Zebra has been researching and developing RFID technologies for more than eight years and was the first company to produce an integrated, on-demand RFID printer/encoder -- the R-140 -- nearly four years ago. Zebra's popular R402 desktop model followed in 2002. Zebra also was the first company to introduce an EPC compatible printer/encoder when it demonstrated its R4Mplus models in September 2003 at the EPC Symposium in Chicago.