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RFID is an inexpensive wireless technology that enables product identity to be detected using a specialized radio device that is in close proximity (within a few meters) to a product. The RFID tag is typically part of product packaging (often times embedded in the price tag) and disposed of by the consumer prior to use.
Product manufacturers and Retailers use RFID to improve supply chain and store-level inventory accuracy. This enables brand owners and retailers to quickly, efficiency, and accurately count inventory. This results in less waste and greater inventory accuracy (ensuring that the right product is at the right place at the right time).
The “EPC” symbol indicates that an RFID tag is present. These could be adhesive labels, swing tickets, or in some cases embedded in the product or packaging.
An EPC is a serialized product identification code. It contains the same information as the UPC, with the addition of a serial number for enhanced item authentication. An EPC symbol means the product contains an RFID tag that carries the EPC number.
RFID tags do not contain any personally identifiable information about consumers. The only information that is contained in the RFID tag relates to the product, not the purchaser.
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