SOURCE: Vue Technology

January 09, 2008 07:00 ET

VUE Technology and Creativesystems Deliver World's Largest Item-Level RFID Retail Deployment

Leading Portuguese Book Retailer, Byblos, Uses RFID to Track More Than 150,000 Items and Improve the Customer Shopping Experience

LAKE FOREST, CA--(Marketwire - January 9, 2008) - Vue Technology, the leading provider of item-level RFID solutions, today announced that Byblos, a major Portuguese book retailer, has rolled out the world's largest single-store, item-level RFID deployment in Portugal's largest bookstore, Byblos Amoreiras. Byblos is using the TrueVUE RFID Platform to help track more than 150,000 items across its 35,000 square foot retail outlet. Every individual item within the new Byblos Amoreiras store is equipped with a UHF RFID tag. The company is using the item-level RFID solution to help maximize store operational efficiencies and on-shelf product availability, as well as provide a better customer experience. The Lisbon store is the first in a series of "superstores" planned to launch across Europe.

"Our goal is to combine the most sophisticated means and the maximum attention to detail to provide a superior experience to the customer," said Rui Gaspar, COO of Byblos. "With the new Lisbon store, our goal has been to leverage and incorporate RFID technology from the very beginning -- when the store opens -- to make us more efficient and customer-focused. Based on what we have seen in other trials of item-level RFID, we are confident that our investment in RFID will provide the best shopping experience available and ensure that customers can always find the products they need."

The deployment of the TrueVUE RFID Platform was completed by Creativesystems, the leading RFID integrator in Portugal and Spain and newest reseller of Vue Technology, in advance of the store opening. The solution enables the tracking of books, software, DVDs, CDs, and periodicals from the back room to the front room. Additionally, as items move around the store floor, it allows each item to be tracked to one of more than 2,000 locations within the store. Inventory counts and location information are maintained on an ongoing basis using 10 handheld readers located in the front of the store. With this information 40 RFID-enabled customer kiosk stations located throughout the store allow customers to quickly identify where an item actually is located. The inventory tracking system is also updated by RFID reads at 14 point of sale stations and as they move through the front gates of the store.

After considering various competitive offerings, Byblos, together with Creativesystems, chose Vue for two primary reasons -- overall retail experience and the ability to deliver a single, unified hardware and software platform. "Vue Technology's experience and focus within retail environments provides the combination of functionality and scalability that we needed to ensure the success of such an ambitious item-level solution," said João Vilaça of Creativesystems. "In addition, with the scale of this project, we needed a single technology platform that would not require us to integrate technologies from multiple vendors."

"We are excited to be a part of this milestone for item-level RFID," said Robert Locke, CEO of Vue Technology. "Byblos Amoreiras is another example of how we are successfully bringing RFID to the item-level and making it valuable to retailers. We have long believed that such large-scale deployments are possible. In fact, they are the precursor to where the market is headed -- large enterprise wide deployments across multiple retail chains."

About Vue Technology

Vue Technology is the leading provider of item-level RFID solutions, offering breakthrough RFID infrastructure components and a powerful software suite that delivers the most scalable, reliable, and ROI-driven RFID solutions on the market. Vue's TrueVUE™ RFID Platform provides the industry's only unified RFID infrastructure that allows customers to manage dock doors, portals, mobile devices, smart surfaces and smart shelves to achieve RFID visibility down to the item-level. With its patented RF Networking devices and UHF enabled VUEPoints™, Vue allows standard readers to network across thousands of antennas, exponentially increasing the number of zones that readers can support and dramatically reducing the cost barriers previously associated with item-level RFID roll-outs. For more information, please visit www.vuetechnology.com.

About BYBLOS

Byblos Bookstore opened its first "Smart Bookstore" in December 2007. The concept is much more than a bookstore, enabling visitors to track any book to its exact location (being a shelf, table or other). RFID antennas at the point of sale enable a seamless, convenient and fast checkout, simultaneously reading several books even if they are piled up. The implementation of RFID creates a unique experience and level of service for the customer that is only available in Byblos' Lisbon store.

Byblos was founded by a Portuguese editor and leader in "fiction and non-fiction." The company is now set to lead this specialized retail industry in Portugal, with plans to open four superstores in 2008 and five in 2009.

About CREATIVESYSTEMS

With a customer focused organization, Creativesystems is an Iberian integrated solution provider in the field of smart information acquisition and management, operating in Portugal and Spain. It has a broad knowledge and experience in information technology coupled with operations management and centered on simple, scalable and competitive customized solutions supported by expert consultancy in process optimization and efficiency.

A pioneer in the application of RFID in a series of industrial, logistics, retail and services applications, Creativesystems holds vast experience in these fields. The developed solutions focus on providing simplicity and scalability, integrating RFID as well as other automatic identification technologies, such as portable data terminals and barcode systems, among others. Creativesystems represents RFID equipments and solutions from Vue Technology, Alien Technology, Printronix and Ekahau. For more information please visit www.creativesystems.pt or www.creativesystems.es

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