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High-volume retailers pile demands on packaging (sidebar)

Data says RFID helps Wal-Mart cut out-of-stocks by 16%
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High-volume retailers pile demands on packaging

Retailers expect a lot from packaging, and few require more than club stores and other high-volume outlets.
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Wireless RFID printer-applicators

Avery Dennison Printer Systems now offers wireless Ethernet capability for its full line of RFID and bar code printers and print-and-apply systems, including the Model 6405 Wireless RFID printer (shown).
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RFID training classes in Michigan

Lowry Computer Products and OTA Training launch vendor neutral training starting early next month in Michigan.
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Wal-Mart, others face RFID difficulty in China

Most Chinese enterprises have little interest in RFID.
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Universal Labeling Systems, Inc: Small-diameter automatic labeler

Universal Labeling Systems has published a brochure describing its R315 small-diameter automatic labeler. Features described include variable-speed components, product feed chute, a choice of 3 label applicators, product carrier, overhead label wrapping station, and photoelectric product sensor.
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Groups support alcohol facts labeling

Public interest groups the National Consumers League and Shape Up America held a news conference demanding that the Bureau of Alcohol Tax and Trade immediately mandate an Alcohol Facts panel on labels of beer, wine, and distilled spirits similar to panels on food and beverage packaging.
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Pondering the puzzle (sidebar)

Radio-frequency identification
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead (sidebar)

The experts
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead (sidebar)

Tech trend: Embedded tags
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead (sidebar)

Tech trend: Forklift-enabled RFID
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Higher frequency of RFID ahead (sidebar)

Tech trend: RFID sensors
From SoBe and from Trinity Springs: hot-fill PET bottles that don't require vacuum panels in the sidewalls.
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Look what's coming down the packaging pike

From sustainability to high-pressure sterilization to nanotechnology, developments in food and beverage packaging hold tremendous promise.
The GPS track-and-trace device measures about six inches.
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GPS track-and-trace demo

UCLA researchers demonstrate a wireless GPS-sensor tracking system that targets the cold chain and other applications.
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Qualified health claims hard to swallow

FDA reconsiders wording as food packagers become interested in making health claims on package labels.

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