RFID Mandates Drive New Business for Acsis

Solution provider touts major radio frequency identification deployments for CPG, pharma customers

Solution provider touts major radio frequency identification deployments for CPG, pharma customers

Marlton, NJ — February 10, 2005 — Supply chain solution provider Acsis this week touted its successes in 2004, citing the expanding number of radio frequency identification (RFID) deployments that the company has undertaken, its new RFID technology solutions and its partnerships with various hardware, labeling and enterprise application providers.

Steven Selfridge, president and CEO of Acsis, said that more than 20 consumer packaged goods and pharmaceutical corporations had turned to Acsis for its technology for enterprise data collection and integration, and he said that his company's customers are not only in compliance with industry RFID mandates but also are seeing supply chain efficiencies down to the sales floor.

Acsis said its traction in 2004 was largely driven by Wal-Mart's mandate requiring its top 100 consumer products and Class 2 pharmaceutical suppliers to adopt RFID. Companies like Bayer's Consumer Care Division selected Acsis for deployments based on the company's combination of RFID technology, integration and implementation expertise, the solution provider said.

In addition, Acsis said it continued to roll out new technologies and products in 2004, releasing the latest version of its platform for RFID and enterprise device integration, Data-Link 4.1, at the EPCglobal U.S. Conference in September. Data-Link was designed to ease the implementation of RFID systems by combining device management and integration capabilities with support for various enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and network services.

The provider also launched its RFID Quickstart Program, comprised of two fixed-price preconfigured solutions tailored to the consumer products and pharmaceutical verticals. The Quickstart Program was designed to enable companies to meet industry compliance mandates while providing a platform to scale systems as needs grow, Acsis said.

Finally, Acsis entered into a new technology relationship with SAP, with Data-Link software providing for the integration of RFID devices into the SAP Auto-ID Infrastructure. This enables users to integrate data from RFID and other devices into a format that is easily understood by SAP systems. Acsis also expanded its partner network of RFID hardware, tag and labeling solution providers, signing alliances with Alien Technology, Symbol, Printronix, SAMSys, Kennedy Group and Zebra.

For a contrary view of the future of the RFID market, see the article "The O'RFID Factor: A 'No Spin' Look at Where Radio Frequency Identification Is Headed," in the October/November 2004 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.

For more information on trends relating to radio frequency identification, follow this link for an extensive listing of SDCExec.com articles, featuring the latest research findings on the RFID, including adoption, return on investment and barriers to implementation.

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