RFID Testing Center Debuts
Rogers, Ark., RFID Global Solution announced the official opening of its RFID Innovation Center in Rogers, Ark. The site is located approximately 10 miles from Wal-Mart headquarters in Bentonville.
The new facility provides a fully operational RFID-enabled supply chain and demonstrates how RFID technology is used in manufacturing, distribution and retail settings. Companies can ship their products directly to the facility for evaluation or arrange to lease the facility.
“We want clients to have an environment where they can gain hands-on experience with a multitude of different RFID solutions, both passive and active, used separately, or in concert with each other as mutually supporting technologies,” said Tom Manzagol, CEO, RFID Global Solution.
Ahold Acquires Czech Supermarkets
Zaandam, Netherlands, Ahold announced it has reached an agreement to acquire as many as 67 Julius Meinl supermarkets in the Czech Republic. The acquisition will increase Ahold’s store count in that country to about 300. The Julius Meinl stores will be rebranded as Albert, the banner under which Ahold operates its supermarkets in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland.
Pantry Expands Presence in Alabama
Sanford, N.C., The Pantry has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 13 convenience stores in Alabama from Chatham Oil Company, which has been operating the stores under the Speedmart Food Stores banner. The acquisition strengthens The Pantry’s position in Alabama, where it currently operates 25 stores. The Pantry operates 1,386 stores in 11 states under a number of banners.