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Reading, UK, August 20, 2004 - METRO Group, one of the world’s largest retail groups, has selected Intermec Technologies to provide a range of RFID (radio frequency identification) inventory tracking systems for its METRO Group Innovation Centre, which has opened in Neuss, Germany. The Innovation Centre is designed to give METRO Group’s suppliers access to live RFID demonstrations, systems and products. Intermec is supplying RFID forklift, conveyor and dock door readers for the centre, as well as RFID-enabled mobile computers and printers.
The partnership builds on Intermec’ RFID participation in METRO Group’s Future Store in Rheinberg, Germany, which demonstrates how emerging technologies can benefit retailing operations from inventory to point of sale. Intermec provides RFID case and pallet-level tracking capabilities to the Future Store.
“We’re pleased to be a part of METRO Group’s continued commitment to RFID innovation,” said Intermec President Tom Miller. “At its new Innovation Centre, METRO Group is again demonstrating how retailers and retail suppliers can harness the powerful business benefits of RFID to make their supply chains even more responsive and productive. That increases business profitability and customer satisfaction.”
Areas of profitability improvement from supply chain RFID include: reduced shrink and loss of inventory, reduced out of stock conditions at store level, more efficient transportation and logistics, less inventory and lower labor costs associated with receiving.
“Verifying the business advantages of new technologies such as Intermec’s RFID has vividly illustrated how retailers can increase system-wide efficiency and inventory accuracy while at the same time increasing profits,” said Dr. Gerd Wolfram, executive project manager of the METRO Group Future Store Initiative.
“An RFID pioneer, Intermec knows RFID. Its participation in this groundbreaking innovation environment is one way METRO Group is ensuring the suppliers receive accurate and essential information on how best to integrate RFID into their own supply chain systems.”
RFID is a complement to industry’s current bar code-based tracking systems, allowing companies to automatically track inventory throughout an entire supply chain. RFID automatic data collection typically does not require line of sight or manual scanning as do most bar code-based systems. For example, information from RFID-tagged cases on a pallet can be read automatically using fixed, mobile or handheld readers rather than requiring individual bar code scanning.
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, is a leader in global supply chain solutions and in the development, manufacture and integration of wired and wireless automated data collection, RFID (radio frequency identification) and mobile computing systems. The company’s products and services are used by customers in many industries to improve productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations, from supply chain management and enterprise resource planning to field sales and service.
About METRO Group
The METRO Group is the world’s fourth-largest trading and retailing group. With its powerful brands, the METRO Group operates successfully in 28 different countries around the world - at almost 2,400 locations with more than 240,000 employees. The METRO Group’s six sales divisions operate independently on the market with their own specific sales concepts: Metro/Makro Cash & Carry - the world’s market leader in self-service wholesaling, Real hypermarkets, Extra supermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn - the leading consumer electronics centers in Europe, Praktiker home improvement and DIY centers, and the department stores of Galeria Kaufhof. More information at www.metrogroup.de and www.future-store.org.
About the METRO Group Future Store Initiative
The Future Store in Rheinberg is a project of the METRO Group Future Store Initiative. In the Future Store, METRO Group together with some 45 renowned partners from the IT, the consumer goods and the service industry tests the application and interaction of various new technologies for retailing under real conditions. The objective is the development of benefit-focused solutions which lead to advantages for the consumer and the retail and consumer goods industries alike. So far, the retailing sector has only implemented individual applications of innovative technologies or individual systems – in the Future Store, trailblazing technologies are linked for the first time in a complex form.
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