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RFID and AIDC News Round Up for April 12, 2018


John Hill Receives Prestigious AIDC Award; Company Claims New One Cent RFID Tag for Retail Application; Rash of Arrests for Using Fake Bar Codes at Retail

April 12, 2018
SCDigest Editorial Staff

Below are SCDigest's picks for the top stories this week on RFID and automatic data collection.

John Hill Wins Prestigious Award from AIM Global

Our friend John Hill, now at the St. Onge Company, was selected as recipient of the 2018 Dilling Award from the AIM Global organization, a trade association for companies involved in automatic identification technologies (AIDC).

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AIM notes that "Hill has been a tireless contributor to the field of barcoding and automatic identification for more than five decades.

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Named for industry pioneer Richard Dilling, this award is considered to be the highest honor given in the AIDC industry and recognizes lifetime achievements that have furthered industry growth through significant applications and new technological developments.

AIM notes that "Hill has been a tireless contributor to the field of barcoding and automatic identification for more than five decades. He led or supported over 100 successful systems installations in automatic identification & data capture, warehouse management and transportation management, primarily for Fortune 500 companies."

It adds "Mr. Hill's commitment to the industry led him to co-found AIM, where his service included Board Chair and where he remains an Emeritus member today. In addition, he held the position of President for both the Material Handling Institute and the Material Handling Education Foundation. A charter member of AIDC 100, Mr. Hill currently serves on its leadership council."

Congratulations to Hill.

Company Claims One-Cent RFID Tag for Its Shelf Monitoring System

A company called Compass Marketing says it has developed a ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag that will cost just one cent for use in combination with its Powershelf smart-shelf solutions to track products stocked on RFID-reader equipped shelves.

The new tag can hit that lower price point because has a shorter read range than traditional EPC UHF tags, the company says, saying the tags will have a maximum read range of about 3 feet. The low-cost tag is designed for use only with Powershelf's proprietary technology for detecting out of stocks on store shelves.

Compass, can hit the lower price point in part by using less silicon than is built into traditional tags. The tags are only designed to determine whether a tagged product has been removed from a shelf with a Compass RFID reader.

The Powershelf system was developed to enable stores to electronically update prices on small LCD screens mounted on product shelves. Initially the system simply uses a weight sensor to detect if a shelf were empty, and forward an alert to store personnel or management indicating that status. Now, it is testing to see if use of RFID with the low cost tags can provide a better result.

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Rash of Arrests for Trying to Switch Bar Codes at Retail


In the news this past week, lots of stories about people caught trying to steel from retailers by switching bar codes.

First, in Albuquerque, NM, police say a man tried to steal from the Home Depot by switching bar codes.

The man was arrested on Sunday after security reportedly caught him switching bar codes from cheap items onto expensive items.

Next, a couple in Greencastle, IN, face theft charges after they were seen taping false bar codes to merchandise at local Walmart.

Then, also in Indiana, a man and woman were arrested after the couple left the store with unpurchased merchandise.

A West Terre Haute patrolman said he was working off-duty in asset protection when he learned of the couple taping bar codes to items such as towels, laundry detergent, hair care products and other high-dollar merchandise. The couple went to the self-check registers where they scanned the bar codes they had placed on the items, not the actual bar codes tied to the correct prices.

Once finished at the self-scan, the couple took the merchandise to their vehicle where they were stopped by store security.

Finally, a South Dakota man was charged with grand theft after allegedly taking bar codes off expensive items at Walmart and replacing them with barcodes from less expensive items.

A 22-year-old man is was accused of using Walmart's self-checkout without paying full price for several items. The man allegedly would allegedly take the bar codes off inexpensive items and place them on expensive items, according to court documents. He would then go through self-checkout lanes and pay the less expensive prices for the items.

Finally, police in West Virginal charged a local woman with larceny for switching bar codes on several food items at a local Walmart.

The woman was charged with one felony count of larceny by anti-inventory device and one misdemeanor count of larceny of a merchant by affixing a fraudulent product code.

Webb switched the bar codes on several items, including a Coke, seasoning, an apple, Southwest chicken wrap, Buffalo chicken and ice cream, according to Hickory Police Department reports.

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