Checkpoint Systems partners with METRO Group on RFID-based EAS solution

Companies announce first customer trial of electronic article surveillance solution compliant with GS1 EPCglobal Guides


1. With Evolve and Checkpoint's wide range of RF EAS tags, retailers can protect all their merchandise from theft and reduce shrink at their stores.

2. Using Evolve's Dual Tags, incorporating both RFID and EAS technology on a single tag, retailers can systematically introduce merchandise visibility into their operations by tagging selected categories of merchandise while maintaining full EAS protection. Evolve Dual Tags can be delivered to vendors worldwide using CheckNet(R), Checkpoint's "RFID-ready" data management and logistics platform.

3. When RFID-based EAS becomes commercially available, retailers can further leverage their investment in Evolve by upgrading to an RFID-based EAS solution, using RFID tags, and obtain significant additional value with minimal additional cost.

RFID-based EAS is a logical evolution of Checkpoint's highly extensible platform, leveraging RFID's real-time capabilities as a loss prevention solution to deliver benefits and insights never before possible. Checkpoint expects early adopters to be high-end apparel and footwear retailers as well as cash-and-carry retailers who sell merchandise by the case.

Uniquely positioned to deliver RFID-based EAS

With the success of its Evolve system, the heritage of its RFID division, OATSystems, and its complete solutions portfolio including Apparel Labeling Solutions, Check-Net world-wide source tagging, RFID labels, and Merchandise Visibility solution, Checkpoint stands alone in its ability to address the complex challenges and opportunities of using RFID-based EAS.

"There is no question that RFID-based EAS represents an exciting long-term vision of convergence in retail," said Drew Nathanson, Director of Research Operations at VDC Research Group. "Although there are many technical hurdles associated with this opportunity, companies possessing experience and solutions in RF-item level technologies are well positioned to address these challenges and bring effective solutions to market."

Working in concert with the world's leading retailers

Working closely with GS1 EPCglobal, Checkpoint and others, METRO Group actively contributed to developing the RFID-based EAS guidelines to help retailers address their shrink management and merchandise visibility needs. Demonstrating its commitment to RFID-based EAS, METRO Group is now trialing Checkpoint's Evolve RFID-based EAS solution. The retailer expects to realize tangible benefits in loss prevention and merchandise visibility as a result.

"Retailers are actively expanding their RF EAS source tagging as a way to reduce shrink and simultaneously lay the foundation for RFID. We have begun working with several retailers to build and develop their EAS to RFID convergence strategies," concluded Per Levin, Worldwide President, Shrink Management Solutions and Merchandise Visibility, Checkpoint Systems. "RFID as EAS represents a significant stepping stone to bringing RFID into the supply chain and store operations. As a result, we expect retailers to benefit dramatically from improved visibility, higher customer satisfactions levels, and increased sales."

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