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SUPPLIER CONNECTIONS

Ross Stores signed an agreement with TradeBeam, San Mateo, Calif., to utilize the software provider’s Global Trade Management (GTM) solution. The on-demand GTM suite includes tools for handling event management, purchase-order management, Letters of Credit and compliance standards in real time across the retailer’s global supply chain. It will enable the Pleasanton, Calif.-based retailer to streamline purchase orders and collaborations with international trading partners, as well as ensure that POs meet requirements for customs processing and that any change to a PO is automatically reflected in the related documentation including the Letter of Credit.

FLEET MANAGEMENT

Red Prairie, Milwaukee, has integrated its Fleet Management solution into its Warehouse Management suite, enabling retailers and companies with dedicated fleets to seamlessly flow products from the shipping dock to the store as well as to customers. The integration will also facilitate more efficient processing of returns as well as the disposition of retailers’ reusable assets such as shipping containers and totes.

RFID TAGGING

Avery Dennison, Pasadena, Calif., introduced three new inlay designs that integrate seamlessly into label-converting processes, are EPC Class 1 Gen 2- and ISO-180006-C-compliant and are designed to be read across the range of global RFID-frequency bands—860-960 MHz. Scheduled for general release this year, the three RFID inlays are:

The AD-430 Inlay, designed to fit within a 4-in.-by-1-in. label and suited for use with RF-friendly, metal and liquid content;

The AD-630 Inlay, designed to fit within a 3-in.-by-3-in. or 4-in.-by-6-in. label. Designed for case and pallet use, the inlay is orientation insensitive, so it can be read in any direction; and

The AD-813 Inlay, sized to fit within a 1-in.-by-1-in. label, is ideal for small, item-level applications as well as for shelf-level product labeling.

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