METRO Group DC Achieves 99 Percent Read Rate of RFID Tags

Duesseldorf, Germany -- RFID pioneer Metro Group successfully completed the implementation of RFID readers and tags at its largest and busiest distribution center in Germany.

Located in Unna, the DC is equipped with Intermec IF5 Intelligent RFID readers and RFID tags. With more than 50,000 pallets read to date, Metro has seen 99 percent tag read-rates, as well as complete compliance with ETSI radio standards for operation in Europe.

"With the strong read rates and system performance we've seen from our Intermec hardware, Metro Group is proving the efficiency and accuracy that RFID promises for retailers," said Dr. Gerd Wolfram, executive project manager of the Metro Group Future Store Initiative.

The partnership builds on Intermec's RFID system participation in the METRO Group Future Store Initiative, Metro's Innovation Center and the full-scale Metro RFID rollout that began in November 2004.

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, reduced inventory and lower labor costs associated with receiving.
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