A new global Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) label for item-level tagging of apparel in the US and Europe has been launched by Checkpoint Systems. 

The new Zephyr 2 label design has an integrated UCODE 7 chip from NXP Semiconductors, and comes with optimal read/write sensitivity for accurate counting and quicker encoding. 

It has received certification from the University of Arkansas' ARC Center for categories A (denim), B (polybagged apparel), C (boxed items) and D (hanging apparel) for use in North America, and categories I (apparel) and K (apparel) for European apparel items.

This, Checkpoint Systems says, will allow retailers to use the same tag globally across many categories, streamlining their source tagging operations.

"As international item-level RFID adoption continues to grow, it is crucial for retailers and brand owners to have access to 'global' RFID tags that can perform equally well in retailers across the world in various frequency ranges," said Justin Patton, managing director of RFID Research Center.