First Wave of Vendors Implement RFID in Target’s Test Pilot Project

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Merrick Engineering, among the first suppliers to meet RFID tagging compliance on schedule, is now shipping to test Target distribution center.

Merrick Engineering, one of the largest manufacturers of closet accessories and hangers in the United States, has met Target’s RFID tagging mandate on schedule with recently developed software solutions by infoSpring,LLC. Merrick is part of a group of Top 100 vendors asked to participate in a RFID test pilot last year, which was slated to begin at one distribution center and extended company wide as a phased project.

Meeting compliance requires tagging of shipments at the pallet and case level prior to being shipped to Target Distribution Centers. Outbound tags are coded or ‘written’ to contain details about the shipment, which is then ‘read’ as it enters Target facilities. The ability to program tags required RFID readers and writers be integrated with Merrick’s Warehouse Management System from Exact Software.

Integration was facilitated with iRFID, an integration software solution developed by infoSpring which facilitates communication and data transfer to and from the RFID system.

With this system in place, items will be scanned as they enter Target’s warehouses and information will be logged and inventory will be updated. Large retailers are adopting the technology due to vast improvements in labor usage and lowered costs.

About Merrick Engineering

Since its founding in 1973, Merrick Engineering is one of the largest manufacturers a wide variety of plastic hangers and closet accessories in the United States .

Merrick’s is a “full line” supplier to the discount, home-center, variety, drug, grocery, warehouse and specialty order channels of trade in the United States and export markets. The plastic injection molded products are all manufactured in the United States at factories in Corona, California; Waco, Texas; and Clarksburg, West Virginia. Visit http://www.merrickengineering.com for more information.

About infoSpring, LLC

infoSpring, LLC http://www.infoSpring.net, specializes in accounting and business management software solutions and education. With a wide range of back-office solutions including accounting, distribution, manufacturing and RFID, infoSpring offers award-winning products and custom solutions for small to midsize companies. infoSpring’s’ product offerings include Exact Macola, Sage MAS 90, Exact e-Synergy, ASC Software and custom enhancement packages.

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Christina Zazuet