German retail giant Metro Group is partnering with Checkpoint Systems to launch the first customer trial of an RFID-based electronic article surveillance (EAS) solution to tackle shrink management and merchandise visibility.

This solution will comply with the just-launched GS1 EPCglobal RFID-based EAS strategic overview and technical implementation guidelines.

RFID-based EAS enables retailers to not only know that a theft event has occurred but also what specific merchandise was stolen.

This gives a far more accurate picture of inventory levels, allowing them to promptly restock shelves - which ultimately leads to increased sales.

"This effort is in line with our stated RFID strategy to use tags for multiple purposes along the supply chain," explains Dr Gerd Wolfram, head of CIO-office, Metro AG.

"We are convinced that the GS1 enhanced standards-based solutions are bringing benefits for retailers and suppliers."

Checkpoint's Evolve EAS platform was first piloted in Metro Group's Future Store in 2005, and uses tags incorporating both RFID and EAS technology to help retailers protect their merchandise from theft and reduce shrink at their stores.

The retailer is now trialling Checkpoint's Evolve RFID-based EAS solution.