Global Food Group supplies RFID to Intermec

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US-based Intermec Technologies has named Global Food Group (GFG) to
supply its RFID requirements as part of an authorised partner
programme - a step that should see it increase its presence in the
supply of RFID solutions for food and beverage companies.

GFG provides software products and support services to organisations in the consumer packaged goods industry that distribute perishable food products direct to store. Its parent company, GBG, is the largest provider of sales and distribution software focused specifically on direct-to-store and direct-to-home delivery of consumer packaged goods in the US, currently supplying over 700 companies in the food and beverage sector.

Intermec RFID Authorised Partners complete a rigorous qualification and training process that authorises them to resell Intermec RFID products and services and to specify Intermec RFID solutions.

"Distributors and wholesalers are constantly looking for ways to cut warehouse and delivery logistics time. The GFG/Intermec relationship will bring RFID to the warehouse, from pallet management through to store shelves, cutting data entry time and increasing accuracy in inventory tracking,"​ said Intermec Vice President Rod Crane.

RFID, a complement to current bar code-based tracking systems, allows companies to automatically track inventory throughout an entire supply chain. Intermec RFID products and services have been supplied throughout the world, deployed in wide-ranging applications that include inventory and asset management, access control, compliance tracking, and personnel and vehicle identification.

With more and more of an emphasis on food traceability and safety as well as increasing logistics efficiency, RFID is being increasingly employed by both food retailers and manufacturers. US-based retailer Wal-Mart has led the way in the introduction of RFID technology, with its insistence that all its suppliers implement the technology leading to a world-wide surge in demand. Largely driven by this factor it is estimated that by global expenditure on RFID will increase from approximately $1 billion in 2001 to around $3 billion by 2007.

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