SML RFID Group Charts Significant RFID Expansion; Opens Three New Technology Centers

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RFID Production, Technology Development and Demo Facilities Launch in Texas, Germany and China; Brings Total To Five Worldwide

“In 2015 only six percent of retailers used RFID systems, but the massive RFID retail rollouts coming in 2016 and 2017 mean more companies will move forward following their peers. They’ll be looking for answers.”

As the global retail market continues its march to adopt RFID, SML RFID is opening three new RFID Solution Innovation Centers, and have launched two RFID Retail pop up stores demonstrations over the last several weeks to satisfy the industry’s growing appetite for information, guidance and production.

The RFID Solution Innovation Centers are complete RFID resources, housing RFID tag testing, RFID hardware and software demonstration and application, including the ability for retailers to test RFID in the configurations they require for their own use.

“Whatever question a retailer has about RFID, they’ll find the answer at our Innovation Centers and with the help of the SML team,” says Dean Frew, CTO and SVP, RFID Solutions. “In 2015 only six percent of retailers used RFID systems, but the massive RFID retail rollouts coming in 2016 and 2017 mean more companies will move forward following their peers. They’ll be looking for answers.”

The new center in Shanghai, China opened in October and Mettmann, Germany will open November 8th. The new center in Plano, TX, opened in August 2016 and is housed in the company’s new SML RFID headquarters. These join the existing RFID Innovation Centers in Clayton, North Carolina and Corby, England, bringing the number to five. SML chose these locations because of their proximity to major apparel brands’ headquarters and distribution centers. In addition, SML now operates the largest network of RFID Service Bureaus for reliably delivered imprinted and encoded RFID tags and labels to specification wherever they are needed for manufacturing.

“With successful deployments of SML’s Clarity software in many of the largest retailers in the world, the next wave of retailers will need information,” adds Frew. “In addition to the new RFID Innovation Centers, we will continue to have SML road shows like the pop-up retail stores in New York and London in October where the latest RFID tags, RFID equipment and Clarity software were demonstrated and enabled retailers and brand owners to experience the technology in a real store environment.”

Some of the largest retailers and brand owners visited SML’s Pop Up Retail Center in New York and London and provided rave reviews of the facility and the technology.

To schedule a visit to a SML RFID Innovation Center, contact info(at)sml-rfid(dot)com.

ABOUT SML RFID
SML is a global branding solutions provider and is the parent company of SML-RFID. As the leading full-service RFID solution provider, SML is a trusted partner to the world’s largest retailers and top fashion brands, delivering proven results and rapid ROI. SML offers a broad spectrum of certified RFID-enabled labels, tags, stickers and inlays from the largest global network of source-tagging service bureaus. SML Intelligent Inventory Solutions built the enterprise-class Clarity™ platform around best-in-class features and functionality for outstanding visibility in-store and throughout the supply chain.

SML has successfully deployed RFID with many of the world’s most prominent retailers. With a presence in over 30 countries, unparalleled deployment expertise and highly trained support personnel, SML delivers on the promise of RFID to transform retail, enabling a seamless evolution to Omni channel and Retail 3.0. For more information visit the SML RFID Group website at http://www.sml-rfid.com.

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