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“A Portrait of a Supply Chain” –  why transparency matters to us all

December 2020

In this blog Francisco Melo, Vice President and General Manager, Avery Dennison Intelligent Labels, discusses the importance of transparency and traceability in supply chains as showcased in our latest film: “A Portrait of a Supply Chain”. The film explores how digital ID technologies have the potential to create more sustainable supply chains and help empower the people along the journey – from source to sale and beyond.

“Retail 2020: The year of transformation” – a report by Ragtrader

October 2020

With COVID-19 shopping habits have changed globally. Consumers shop online more than ever before and companies have had to strategically diversify their approach to satisfy the new demand. The latest report by Ragtrader, powered by Avery Dennison, gives insights into the ways Australia's retailers are using digital ID and technology to stay ahead of the curve. 

Taking spare parts logistics to 99.8 percent perfection

September 2020

Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions in more than 100 countries. To keep its customers’ heavy lorries and buses running with minimal downtime, Scania relies on an RFID-based real-time tracking system at its global logistics center in Oudsbergen, Belgium.

Best of both worlds: RFID and EAS in one retail-optimized inlay

September 2020

While RAIN RFID (UHF) is a key enabler for supply chain and store inventory management, existing EAS systems (electronic article surveillance) do a good job in theft prevention: That is why Avery Dennison now offers dual-technology AD-362r6-P inlays for retailers that want to leverage RFID’s capabilities and have RF EAS gate readers installed at the exit points of their stores.

Neste showcases the future of Shopping – with a little help from Avery Dennison and Nordic ID

September 2020

In Helsinki, Finland, consumers can catch a glimpse of the future of frictionless shopping. In its recently opened Easy Deli stores, Finnish company Neste offers a fundamentally new shopping experience that combines RFID technology and Nordic ID’s latest self-checkout software. 

Enjoy your meal – and a new era of smarter food safety!

September 2020

No, Avery Dennison hasn’t entered the catering industry. Julie Vargas, director, Global RFID Market Development, Food, at Avery Dennison, is simply so delighted about a recent publication by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that she wants you to share her excitement, and to understand why “smarter food” is a benefit to everybody.

Why the FDA’s ‘new era of food safety blueprint’ is the food industry’s road map to the future

August 2020

Food safety is a priority for the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the efforts to develop a comprehensive plan, the FDA invited several food industry leaders to provide their expert insights, and Avery Dennison was one of the tech companies present. Find out more in our latest article and what the FDA Blueprint means for the future of the food industry.

When it comes to touchless shopping, no single technology does it all

July 2020

Spurred on by Amazon and other convenience-oriented brands employing breakthrough technology, the grocery industry was already moving toward a digital transformation aimed at making shopping for food faster, easier, and more fun. As early as January 2019, 73% of consumers said they were in favor of self-service technologies to improve the shopping experience and reduce human interaction, according to SOTI’s Annual Connected Retailer Survey.

Why touchless technologies add a touch of strength to healthcare

July 2020

COVID-19 is highlighting the importance of a reliable and high-performing healthcare system. Whether it’s tools, pharmaceuticals, or personal protective equipment (PPE), having sufficient, reliable and safe supplies is truly vital for staff and patients alike, even more so during these challenging times. RFID enables the visibility of every tagged item in the healthcare and pharmaceutical supply chain, virtually anytime and anywhere.

Enabling safer supply chains with touchless technologies

June 2020

COVID-19 is putting enormous pressure on supply chains worldwide. In a recent global survey among key executives from technology, logistics, retail and supply chain, over 63% of respondents believe the COVID-19 pandemic will bring supply-chain behaviors into even sharper focus. How can RFID help?

COVID-19 ups the ante in the race for convenience

June 2020

The need for social distancing is accelerating the trend toward more convenient, digitally-enabled, "frictionless" shopping. Innovators are turning to RFID for better customer experiences, vastly improved inventory management, and more. Julie Vargas, our Intelligent Labels global director of RFID market development for Food, shares her perspective on the new meaning of “convenience” in a post-pandemic world.

The end of queues? A roadmap to beyond the COVID-19 era

May 2020

We’ve seen major retailers shut their doors, whilst stores that stock the essentials are implementing drastic measures to keep the public safe. Queues, however, could still be a hotbed for the spreading of COVID-19: Are ‘Scan and Go’ platforms an effective — and potentially permanent — solution?

Touchless retail experiences – the new normal

May 2020

COVID-19 will contribute to a fundamental shift in consumer behavior. For Francisco Melo, vice president and general manager, Global Intelligent Labels, Avery Dennison, it’s clear that retail as we know it will need to further innovate, and that ‘touchless’ retail concepts will help bricks-and-mortar stores not only defend their territory but shape the future of retail.

From soil to table: How regenerative agriculture is changing food transparency

April 2020

Regenerative agriculture – a method of farming that actively enriches soil and ecosystems rather than depleting them – is on the rise. The Future Laboratory looks at the companies using packaging and storytelling strategies to make the connection between the food you eat, the soil it grows in, and how this affects the planet.

Cosmetics are now one of the top counterfeited items in the world. What can beauty brands do about it?

March 2020

Cosmetics now rank in the top 10 of counterfeited items in the UK, posing a real threat to both consumers and brands. The Future Laboratory speaks with Foreo North America on how the beauty device brand is tackling counterfeit products in the age of the Internet.

Why Smartrac is an obvious choice for McKinsey’s “store of the future”

December 2019

McKinsey, a global consultancy powerhouse, recently launched its ‘Modern Retail Collective’ store to unlock the power of multiple technologies. It should come as no surprise that NFC is one of those technologies, and even less of a surprise that Smartrac is its sole initial NFC supplier.

Refillable beauty packaging is becoming aspirational

October 2019

Once a niche concept, more beauty brands are embracing refills and redesigning their product to make it a luxurious proposition. The Future Laboratory and Avery Dennison explore this future trend and how to leverage it using Intelligent Labels tech.

Bringing technology into packaging

October 2019

As consumers become more aware of the products they eat, food producers and brands are looking for smart and sustainable packaging alternatives that respond to their needs, and have a positive effect on the supply chain and ultimately the environment.

How the personalized nutrition revolution will reshape food packaging and labeling

September 2019

The Future Laboratory speaks with Tal Lapidot, CEO of Silo, on how his company’s vacuum-seal storage system will change the way we interact with food in the home.

A tracking solution for beer kegs and other returnable transport items

August 2019

Smartrac has launched its Maxdura® Keg tag product line, available as RAIN RFID (UHF) and dual-frequency (UHF and NFC) tags, for adhesive mounting or PU embedding on difficult-to-tag curved metal containers such as beer kegs.

Enabling transparency and visibility across the fashion supply chain

May 2019

Improving transparency and visibility in the fashion supply chain helps to avoid waste and to create a sustainable, circular economy.

Why NFC has just become super-attractive - for all!

March 2019

NFC is a magnificent technology that offers virtually endless possibilities for smart and connected products, enabling many applications such as enhanced consumer engagement and brand loyalty, secure product authentication and instant ordering – all at the tap of a smartphone.

What's in a label? Blockchain and the future of food and drink packaging

January 2019

Our first article with Future Lab highlights the opportunity for the food industry to embrace Blockchain, and opens the discussion on how Intelligent Labels will transform the future of retail.

NFC: the “next big thing” for the pharmaceutical industry

September 2018

RFID technology and its subset NFC have already left a significant mark on several industries, from logistics and manufacturing to brands and retail. The next area to massively benefit could be pharmaceuticals – since here, RFID has at least as many profitable and sustainable use cases as in its traditional strongholds.