RFID pioneer Metro, the world’s third-largest retailer, has announced the successful implementation of RFID readers and tags at its biggest German distribution centre.
Located in Unna, the distribution centre is equipped with Intermec IF5 Intelligent RFID readers and RFID Intermec tags.
Metro has so far "read" 50,000 pallets of goods and is experiencing 99% successful tag read-rates, while complying with the industry’s ETSI-based European radio standard.
Gerd Wolfram, executive project manager of Metro’s Group Future Store Initiative, said, "With the strong read rates and system performance we’ve seen from our Intermec system, Metro is proving the efficiency and accuracy that RFID promises for retailers."
Metro began its commercial RFID roll-out last November.
While the Metro goods moved using RFID still represent a small percentage of Metro’s business, they are one of the European retail industry’s first major attempts to replace the currently ubiquitous bar code system when it comes to tracking products.