Checkpoint Systems, a global supplier of merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, has announced its new Zephyr 2 RFID label, which is certified by the University of Arkansas ARC Center for item-level tagging of all apparel categories in the U.S. and Europe.
According to the company, the New Zephyr 2 RFID label design has an integrated UCODE 7 chip from NXP Semiconductors, and comes with optimal read/write sensitivity for accurate counting and quicker encoding. The company said pre-launch orders have already been placed for hundreds of thousands of these RFID labels to be used in pilot programs with a large European retailer this year.
The Zephyr 2, offered with a label size of 54x34mm, has been optimized for performance with all of Checkpoint's RFID solutions, including its RFID EAS Overhead Solution, the EVOLVE Exclusive E10 pedestal, and other merchandise visibility solutions. It has received certification from the University of Arkansas ARC Center for categories A (denim), B (polybagged apparel), C (boxed items) and D (hanging apparel) for use in North America, and Categories I (apparel) and K (apparel) for European apparel items.
"As international item-level RFID adoption continues to grow, it is crucial for retailers and brand owners to have access to 'global' RFID tags that can perform equally well in retailers across the world in various frequency ranges. Checkpoint's U7 Zephyr 2 is one of the first generation of these new global tagging solutions approved in multiple apparel and hardline categories for the US and Europe," said Justin Patton, managing director of the RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas.