An evaluation undertaken by the METRO Group retail corporation one year after their large-scale introduction of RFID technology reveals that Paxar has achieved a read rate of 100% for pallet labeling.

As part of the METRO Groups RFID rollout, Paxar supplied five of a total of METROs 20 suppliers with RFID printers and labels: Gerry Weber International AG, Triumph International Holding GmbH, SCHWARTAUER WERKE GmbH & Co. KGaA, GlaxoSmithKline GmbH & Co. KG and Wagner Tiefkhlprodukte GmbH. The METRO Group found that the read rate for labels was 100% for the pallets delivered by all five companies supplied by Paxar. The METRO Group evaluated the reliability of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology from several companies used for pallet labeling one year after their RFID rollout in November 2004.

The read rate of 100% has been achieved with Paxars bar code printer 9855 RFID and RFID labels from Paxars own production. The 9855 RFID printer is the first printer to also reliably program, verify and print extremely small RFID labels measuring only 2.54 centimeters in length. And Paxar was also the first vendor to begin shipping RFID compliant to the new Gen2 standard in Europe.

PAXAR Central Europe GmbH in Sprockhvel is a partner in the METRO Group Future Store Initiative, a joint project of companies from the information technology and consumer goods industries. Its objective is to promote innovations in retailing on a national and international level. The initiative shall be understood as a platform for technical and process-related developments and innovations in retailing including RFID.

PAXAR Central Europe GmbH is the German subsidiary of the Paxar Corporation, one of the global market leaders in product identification, distribution and logistics. Paxar manufactures RFID printers and labels and offers system integrations including set up and operation of RFID labeling and identification systems. The corporation is an accredited member of EPCglobal, the global standardization agency for RFID technology.

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