Consumer Package Goods (CPG)
- Large U.S. pharmaceutical manufacturers purchased units in early Q1 2005 to meet compliance requirements. Orders placed in mid- to late 2005 were small in volume (one to two "additional" units per customer);
- The majority of current shipments are desktop units supporting manual slap-and-ship installations. However, applicator shipments are expected to grow rapidly as the number of mandated SKUs increases — suppliers will need to automate as manual slap-and-ship systems will no longer be sufficient;
- VDC believes the growth of high-frequency (HF) printer/encoders and applicators will be directly tied to the rate of adoption and deployment of HF item-tagging solutions; and,
- Printer/encoder and applicator shipments to support item-level tracking applications are limited. Many current pilots and installations require customized transponders such as RFID-enabled bottle caps and specialty labels that include RFID, 2D symbologies and anti-counterfeiting features.
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