First company to introduce standard EPC Gen-2 compliant labels compatible with RF-EAS Systems

Checkpoint Systems, Inc, a leading manufacturer and marketer of identification, tracking, security and merchandising solutions for the retail industry and its supply chain, has introduced the Evolve family of labels, its new dual-function EAS-EPC labels for security and inventory management applications. Representing the industrys first truly integrated electronic article surveillance (EAS) and radio frequency identification (RFID) labelling product, the new dual-function labels are designed to help retailers improve their inventory visibility at case and item level, while at the same time maximise the benefits of their EAS security systems.

With the introduction of the Evolve labels, we are now able to provide our customers with a product that combines the benefits of both EAS and EPC functionality into one small, integrated label, says George Off, Checkpoint CEO.  The Evolve label is a good example of the Checkpoint way we design products that make sense for retailers today, while also providing them with a path to the future. With Evolve EAS-EPC labels, they can leverage their investments in RF-EAS systems, while capitalising on the benefits of RFID for improved inventory management and visibility across their supply chains. Ultimately, thats good for the consumer as it leads to better merchandise availability.

As products move through the supply chain, on-shelf availability is negatively impacted by theft, damage and paperwork errors, he explains. The combined functionality of the Evolve labels provide the benefits of EAS theft deterrence and EPC inventory visibility. We believe this new labeling solution represents a very practical way forward for retailers, providing them with a flexible and incremental approach to change, at a pace with which they are comfortable. 

The patent-pending Evolve labels operate in the UHF band of 860 to 960 MHz for the additional advantage of traceability, and at 8.2 MHz for RF-EAS systems. Checkpoints technical expertise and innovative manufacturing processes enable the company to combine a Gen 2-compliant product and EAS circuit. As an added benefit, the EAS performance is significantly enhanced. The UHF antenna incorporates the use of Impinj Monza silicon and allows the ability to track information at a greater read distance at the receiving dock doors and onto the sales floor.  The Evolve labels can be used in conjunction with existing Checkpoint RF EAS systems and are Gen 2 compliant to work with Checkpoints UHF Portals or any certified Gen 2 reader and antenna hardware.

Checkpoint Systems has a long, established history with retailers and their suppliers through its EAS-based security and shrink management business.  With more than one million RF devices installed in retail stores around the world today and more than 100 billion products secured over its 38 year history, Checkpoints global source tagging programme leads the industry, providing retailers and their suppliers with the most comprehensive suite of tools to improve merchandise availability for the consumer. CheckNet, the companys global logistics and data communications platform for its source tagging service, provides real-time delivery of critical item level information and protection applied on products at the point of manufacture.,  In addition, the companys extensive radio frequency (RF) knowledge and expertise enables Checkpoint to develop high-performing RFID solutions for item-level and case and pallet applications in the retail supply chain.

Evolve labels can be customised to support a variety of form factor requirements and are available now for trials.

The business possibilities and benefits offered by Evolve EAS-EPC labels are significant, concluded Off. When combined with CheckNet, our customers will have access to the best combined security and tracking solution available on the market today.

About Checkpoint Systems UK

Checkpoint Systems UK is a subsidiary of the global company Checkpoint Systems Inc., the worldwide leader in shrink management solutions for the retail industry and its supply chain.

Checkpoints services are aimed at increasing sales and protecting the profits of its customers, and the company specialises in source protection of consumer goods, EAS (Electronic Article Surveillance), RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and merchandising solutions.

CheckNet is Checkpoints strategic platform for its source tagging service, a global network for just in time delivery of critical information and protection applied on products at the point of manufacture.

Listed on the NYSE, Checkpoint Systems Inc. operates in every geographic market and employs 3,600 personnel worldwide.


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