RFID Not Ready For Prime Time


Logo Symbol

Despite big initiatives by the likes of Wal-Mart, Target and the Department of Defense, and a good bit of hype, tracking goods with RFID tags isn’t going to become commonplace anytime soon, said Sal Iannuzzi, president and CEO of Symbol Technologies.

In time, it will be a very significant market, but whether that happens in ’07 or ’08, I don’t know that, said Iannuzzi. It’s such an embryonic market that it’s not about revenue yet… in some ways you can view it as a startup.

RFID uses radio frequency waves to transfer data between a reader and a tag to identify, track or find a tagged item. (The tracking capability is what has spawned privacy concerns.) Symbol markets both readers and tags.

Technology consultancy Gartner estimates that new license revenues for RFID will total $751 million worldwide by the end of 2006. By 2010, Gartner forecasts worldwide RFID spending to surpass $3 billion. Success will depend on finding popular applications beyond retail distribution centers, analysts say.

Just because bar codes are used extensively in distribution centers does not mean RFID will be, said Jeff Woods, research vice president at Gartner, in a December 2005 report. Businesses are beginning to discover business value in places where they cannot use bar coding, which will be the force that moves RFID forward.

[Source: eWeek]

Apple changes the retail experience


Apple iPod express

The December holiday season is a very busy period for many retailers. Apple expected a huge request for their iPod line of digital media players, and streamlined the sales process for these devices in the Apple shops.

They reserved a section of the shop for their most popular product, and called it the iPod Express. The iPod Express area has more stock than usually to give the item directly to the customer and uses a 30-inch Cinema Display to advise customers which models were in stock. But the most revolutionary part of the iPod Express is that they take advantage of the Internet savvy audience, and mimic the Internet shopping experience,

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Happy Holidays



The holiday season is a very special season for retailers and restaurateurs. It is a season in which they depend more than ever on their Point Of Sale system. Any failure directly results in big losses. Also for EPOS dealers things are different. Their sales go down —few people risk changing their system during December— and the support department has to attend more nervous clients.

The period between Christmas and New Year is traditionally a period of looking back to the past year and making plans for the coming year. 2005 has been a very special year for the Point Of Sale blog, since it was founded this year. It has been a fun year of trying out formats, finding a place for the POS blog and getting some loyal readers.
There are many plans for the coming year: a lot of posts, a redesign, and hopefully many more readers.

Anyways, a Happy Holidays to all those of you who regularly visit the site, read the feed, or happen to have just arrived via some search engine. See you in the new year!

O’Neil presents label printer LP3


O'Neil LP3

Portable printer manufacturer O’Neil presented a wireless portable thermal label printer, the O’Neil LP3. The device prints from 1″ to 3″ label stock and can accommodate a wide variety of labels and paper, including the heavy stock necessary for hang tags and other specialty label needs. The LP3 wireless capabilities include user-installable PCMCIA 802.11 or 802.11b radio cards as well as Bluetooth 1.1 and 1.2-compliant modules.

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