One Network Enterprises, the pioneer of innovative solutions for Business Process Networks, announced the RFID Fulfillment Network, a new service that will accelerate the adoption of RFID technology and revolutionize its economics. The service delivers an advanced network and RFID technology that can reduce the cost of RFID printing by 75% and drive significant savings in the end-to-end order fulfillment process.
The RFID Fulfillment Network is being demonstrated at the National Retail Federation Expo at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York from January 16th-17th at both Zebra's booth #1653 and One Network's booth #1355.
"The adoption rate of RFID technology has been hindered by both the large capital outlays and the significant operational expenses that suppliers must incur to meet the RFID compliance standards set by their largest customers, particularly those serving retail and government markets," said John Keenan, CEO of One Network. "This problem is especially severe for mid-sized suppliers that generate less than 1000 RFID tags per month. The RFID Fulfillment Network delivers huge printing cost reductions and improves the end-to-end order fulfillment process, further lowering operating costs."
RFID Fulfillment Network Functionality
The service delivers a complete package of hardware, maintenance, software, consumables and network connectivity for managing the end-to-end process. It is priced on a per-click basis in which the users pay a fixed fee to generate RFID compliant labels, with no upfront capital costs. The key functionality includes:
* A Zebra Technologies R110Xi Printer, the industry's most advanced RFID printer. All printer service, supplies and consumables are included in a per-label fee.
* Zebra Technologies RFID labels.
* The One Network Global backbone for managing RFID tag creation and customer notification and communication.
* The One Network Logistics backbone for managing the end-to-end process, spanning building the shipment, complete transportation management, appointment scheduling and in-transit tracking.
"RFID technology promises to deliver extremely compelling value to the retail industry, measured by lower operating costs, improved processing speeds, optimized inventory and lower out-of-stocks," said John Fontanella, senior vice president, Aberdeen Group. "With that in mind, pressure on the suppliers to comply with RFID labeling requirements will only continue to grow. The RFID Fulfillment Network not only simplifies the deployment of RFID, but offers a very cost effective way for companies shipping in smaller volumes to meet their retailers' demands."
Availability And Pricing
The RFID Fulfillment Network will be available in March 2006. Whereas in- house RFID printing systems can easily cost $100,000 per site, the RFID Fulfillment Network is priced at a fixed fee per RFID-compliant label. There is no upfront capital cost.
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