Together with its suppliers, the Metro Group is set to considerably expand its use of radio frequency identification (RFID) in 2007.
Metro has approved two Intermec RFID starter packs, specially tailored to the needs of the consumer goods industry, which will be offered to its suppliers. The preconfigured application contained in the packs makes it possible to easily fit pallets and boxes with RFID tags.
Both RFID starter packs contain an Intermec PM4i RFID-enabled printer and SF51 Bluetooth bar code scanner. In addition, the second expanded option also contains an Intermec RFID portal for full recording of incoming and outgoing goods.
The partnership between the two companies has its roots in the use of the Intermec RFID system in the METRO Group Future Store Initiative, the METRO Group RFID Innovation Center and the RFID introduction in November 2004.
"We have been working successfully together with Intermec for several years. Intermec is an important partner in our RFID rollout and we will continue to draw on their expertise in the future," said Dr Gerd Wolfram, managing director of MGI METRO Group Information Technology GmbH.
By September, the METRO Group plans to have rolled out around 130 Intermec RFID portals across Germany in the METRO Cash & Carry stores and the Varena Distribution Centre in Hamm.
METRO Group is one of the most important international retailing companies. In 2006 the group reached sales of about 60 billion. The company has a headcount of some 270,000 employees and operates about 2,400 outlets in 30 countries. The operating business is performed by the sales brands which operate independently in the market: Metro/Makro Cash & Carry - world market leader in cash & carry wholesale, Real hypermarkets and Extra supermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn - market leader in consumer electronics centers in Europe, and Galeria Kaufhof department stores.
Intermec Inc. (NYSE:IN) develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets. Core technologies include RFID, mobile computing and data collection systems, bar code printers and label media. The company's products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. Intermec offers a complete RFID product suite including readers, printers, tags, labels and inlays supported by RFID implementation services to guarantee system performance, all from a single source.