The premium quality barcode and RFID solutions provider inotec is currently producing 40 million RFID identification cards for a market-leading international discount supermarket chain. The exceptionally large RFID card order was placed after the discount supermarket’s strategic decision to install new crate track and trace systems.

The project which is due to be completed in 2024 is being rolled out over four years throughout Germany and Austria. After its deployment, it is hoped that the scheme will be extended to the supermarket’s other supply chains across Europe.

The project involves the replacement of the supermarket’s classic wooden grocery crates with more durable and economical recycled plastic pallets. Each pallet will carry inotec’s inotag Diocard RFID identification cards. These cards are embedded into two sides of each pallet together with inotec’s Diobond Imould barcode labels. So far a total of four million of these RFID card-carrying pallets have been distributed to the supermarket’s supply chains.

Inotec’s RFID identification cards on the new plastic grocery pallets monitor stock on the supermarket’s new track and trace system. The RFID chips and barcode labels contained in the cards enable fast, accurate, automatic location-specific detection of the pallets without the need for contact or ‘line-of-sight’ scanning.


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