Low cost, semi-transparent, washable UHF RFID tags can track fashion apparel and accessories @Fujitsu

Low cost, semi-transparent, washable UHF RFID tags can track fashion apparel and accessories @Fujitsu

Retail's 'Big Show', the National Retail Federation's Annual Convention & Expo, which took place in New York this week, is an annual opportunity for retailers to tap into the latest technologies for improving everything from customer analysis to inventory management. Here we highlight some of the latest launches and developments.

Avery Dennison profiles smart mirror

Avery Dennison Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) profiled its RFID Interactive Mirror at this year's NRF Show, launched in collaboration with Oak Labs and featuring the 'Oak Interactive Fitting Room.' The RFID triggers the mirror in the interactive dressing room, which then drives item-level experiences. The smart mirror allows customers to request new sizes and accessories, and choose alternative lighting options, among other features. Also demonstrated was the company's new 9419 In-Store Printer, set to release in spring, which creates branded tags for re-ticketing, shipping labels or in-store pick and pack.

JDA Software tackles 'Me' generation

JDA Software Group is attempting to help retailers tackle the 'Me', or baby boomer, generation with its new Retail.me personalised assortment solution. The SaaS-based offering, powered by the Google cloud platform, delivers "intelligent, personalised and customer-centric" retail planning capabilities. It addresses retailers' needs through low-touch machine learning algorithms, delivering localised assortments and personalised offers, in "an easy-to-use, highly visual and quick-to-implement" solution.

Checkpoint reveals cloud-based solution

Checkpoint Systems showed its Sense + Respond cloud-based merchandise visibility solution, developed through a collaboration with Microsoft Corp, and designed to provide multi-channel retailers with a flexible, fast deployment approach to gather real-time insights and predictive analytics. It utilises Checkpoint's Internet of Things (IoT) platform for retailers, the OAT Foundation Suite, along with Microsoft Azure Cloud Solutions.

Fujitsu introduces retail tech solutions 

Information and communication technology company Fujitsu revealed its Impulse self-service unit that has a footprint one-quarter of the size of its U-Scan Genesis II. It works as an automated assistant to help manage lines and purchase flow. New POS selling application Fresco also launched, alongside the sixth version of Fujitsu's U-Scan software, which makes self-checkout faster and easier and features wearable tech compatibility. Fujitsu's patent pending wearable solution in retail was also demonstrated, which represents a low cost and efficient way to manage customers and checkout lanes on the go.

Fujitsu has also extended its partnership with Cisco Systems in a move the pair say will "revolutionise" how retailers improve their bottom line through increased mobility and customer engagement. They demonstrated Cisco's 'Connected Mobile Experiences' wireless infrastructure which enables retailers to better connect with consumers that connect to the store network, providing analytic insight.

Brother demonstrates mobile POS solutions

Brother Mobile Solutions joined forces with Retail Pro International to demonstrate advancements in mobile POS. Demos included Retail Pro's Prism POS, a high-performance integrated software platform and the Brother RuggedJet 3 mobile receipt and label printer. Designed for user-friendly flexibility, the RJ-3150 features built-in AirPrint support so associates can print receipts on the sales floor, using a smartphone or tablet running on iOS, Android, Windows or Windows Mobile operating platforms.

Impinj demonstrates tagging solutions

System provider Impinj Inc showcased how its platform and solutions are transforming the retail experience. An example of G-Star RAW clothing and accessories displayed in the Impinj booth, tagged with Monza R6 chips, showed how they provide retailers and brands with data integrity and strong performance. 

View Technologies inView Platform

View Technologies, a joint venture between Stanley Black & Decker and RF Controls, used the NRF Big Show to showcase its inView Platform for Real Time Location Services and RAIN RFID solutions – a wireless technology that connects billions of everyday items to the internet, enabling businesses and consumers to identify, locate, authenticate, and engage each item. The tool delivers key insights for retailers, such as determining when shipments enter or leave the dock, tracking the flow of product locations in store, or providing notifications when merchandise is misplaced or needing replenishment on a sales floor. Also demonstrated were Echo smart antennas, which continuously identify, locate and track RAIN RFID tagged items within 150 feet with 3 feet or better location accuracy, providing real-time, item-level visibility while the software manages the real-time data.

Acuitas Digital Alliance initiative

The Acuitas Digital Alliance was launched by global technology firms BT, Intel, NexGen Packaging, RetailNext and SATO Global Solutions. The initiative brings together like-minded technology innovators determined to bring the full benefits of the new digital era across the entire supply chain, all the way to the physical locations where customers do business. It also allows organisations to optimise supply chain efficiencies, improve employee performance, cut waste and better manage compliance requirements.

Metrics in-store analytics solution

Smartrac showcased its new Metrics in-store analytics solution. Based on its Smart Cosmos IoT platform and its RAIN RFID inlays and tags, Metrics utilises real-time location data to increase sales and improve gross margin by reducing stock-outs, providing automated replenishment actions, and increasing sales at regular prices by optimisation of in-store placement through analytics. Smartrac also unveiled Web DF, what it claims is the industry's first single chip HF and UHF inlay.

Starmount store inventory solution

Software developer Starmount unveiled its Store Inventory application designed to help retailers maintain more accurate store inventory. It works on the same mobile platform that store associates use to engage customers and process transactions, and is an integrated component within the Starmount Customer Engagement Suite of omnichannel solutions designed to help retailers run their entire store operation.