GS1 Germany and its partners to present five EPC/RFID applications of relevance to consumers

From receipt of goods to check-outs equipped with EPC/RFID – precisely this part of the supply chain will be presented by GS1 Germany at Euroshop 2008 in Hall 6, Stand I 45. In cooperation with its partners ADT, Awek, Checkpoint Systems, Container Centralen, FIS Europe, Gunnebo, IAL Automation and Logistik, MUL Services, Potrafke and PS4B, GS1 will demonstrate applications designed to make shopping easier for consumers and to cut costs for both retailers and industry.

The show starts at the goods entry gate. Here EPC/RFID technology speeds up the registering of all products in the management information system. The so-called smart changing room uses EPC/RFID to identify the garment the shopper wants to try on. Via a display it provides additional information on material composition and care instructions, for example. Moreover the system can suggest complementary products and coordinates and display the other sizes this item is available in and where it is located.

The comprehensive introduction of EPC/RFID technology on the product level will take a few more years; which is why cash-desk systems have to come with both a barcode scanner and an EPC reader for the time being. This exactly is made possible by the check-out counter of the future. Shoppers simply place their goods on the top of the counter and within seconds the purchase price is displayed. Furthermore, shoppers can in future be directed through an RFID lock primarily serving as a theft-monitoring device. The retail company can see any time when merchandise leaves the store and respond accordingly if it has not been paid for.

The fifth application at RFID-Expo is the Food Store 24 – an example of a kiosk open around the clock requiring no staff since EPC/RFID technology takes care of all handling.

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GS1 Germany is the service and competence centre for cross-company business processes in the German consumer goods industry. On the international level GS1 Germany – as part of the GS1 network – devises globally valid standards and rationalisation recommendations with the aim of making data and goods flows as well as the organisation processes between manufacturing site and sales racks as efficient as possible. The German Brand Association and EHI Retail Institute are equal shareholders of this organisation structured like a private enterprise and recognised as a non-profit organisation by the anti-trust board.

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Monika Gabler, Head of Corporate Communication
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