RFID for Omnichannel Retail

RFID Helps Retail Operations Across the Supply Chain

RFID Helps Retail Operations Across the Supply Chain

The retail landscape is shifting to a hybrid combination of e-commerce channels and legacy brick-and-mortar stores. The hybrid shopping experience allows customers to shop in a way that best suits their needs and preferences; however, retailers also see new challenges serving customers in omni-channel environments.

Retailers are turning to RFID technology to combat these challenges. RAIN RFID in particular is being used to reduce out-of-stock inventory and shrinkage, and to optimize operations and boost productivity. Item-level RFID tagging directly contributes to the bottom line by reducing costs and increasing sales. All indicators point towards the continued adoption and increased use of RFID labels.


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Points to Consider

There are two primary options to obtain RFID labels— getting preprinted/encoded labels from a service bureau or print on-demand. For high-mix, low-volume products, it usually makes sense to produce RFID labels on-demand. Before getting started on your RFID investment, we recommend that you consider these four concepts including:

Select the Right RFID Label
Select the Right RFID Label
Select the Right RFID Printer
Select the Right RFID Printer
Select the Right Software for RFID Encoding and RFID Labeling
Select the Right Software for RFID Encoding and RFID Labeling
Determine RFID Label Design and Encoding
Determine RFID Label Design and Encoding

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Why TSC Printronix Auto ID RFID Printers?

From high performance enterprise designs, compact industrial models, lower-volume desktop, and mobile to print engine models, our RFID printer family is designed for diverse requirements.

Deep Collaboration with Multiple Standards Organizations
We work closely with GS1, ISO/IEC, AIM, and the RAIN Alliance to ensure that our RFID printers correctly and adequately support the various encoding standards even when standards are evolving.
Easily and Quickly Switch Between Different Label Constructions
Our RFID printer family possesses unique capabilities to solve the problems often associated with different RFID label constructions. Our RFID printers can support standard smart labels, on-metal tags and many other tag types.
High Speed Encoding for Better Productivity
Optimized for maximum throughput, TSC Printronix Auto ID RFID printers use an Encode During Print feature which avoids back feed between labels commonly seen with other brands of RFID printers.
TSC Printronix Auto ID RFID Printer Family


Our RFID Printer and Label Validation Lab Means Your Confidence
Our RFID Printer and Label Validation Lab continuously tests new RFID chips, inlays and on-metal tags to ensure they operate correctly in our RFID printers. We support an ever-increasing range of products giving you confidence that our printer will work for your application.
Your Resource for RFID Labels
Not only are we experts in RAIN RFID printers and encoders, we also sell labels through trade only. All our RAIN RFID labels are guaranteed to provide consistent, optimal performance with our RFID printers, having been tested and certified in our RFID Printer and Label Validation Lab.

The TSC Printronix Auto ID RFID Printer Family

Regardless of whether you are a retailer, a 3PL, or a retailer's supplier, the below table will help you quickly identify the right RFID printer for your application needs depending on print volume, label type, your RFID label constructions, and mobility requirements.

Model4" RFID Printer - T6000e6" RFID Printer - T6000eRFID Printer - T4000RFID Printer - T800RFID Print Engine - PEX-2000 4-inchRFID Print Engine - PEX-2000RFID Mobile Printer - Alpha-40L
TypeIndustrialIndustrialIndustrialDesktopPrint EnginePrint EngineMobile
Duty Cycle10,000 labels/day5,000 labels/day2,500 labels/day20,000 labels/day1,000 labels/day
RFID SystemEncodingRAIN / UHF
StandardGS1 EPC Gen2 / ISO 18000-63
AntennaInternal adjustable & external fixedExternal fixedInternal adjustableInternal fixedExternal fixed
RFID LabelsTypesStandard / On-metal / OtherStandardStandard / OtherStandard (DT)
Max. Media Thickness2.2mm (0.088")1.2mm (0.05")Standard RFID1.2mm (0.05")Standard RFID
Label PitchDown to 15.9 mm ( 0.625")
Chip (IC) / InlaysChips: Support for all mainstream chips and many new advanced chips.
Inlays: Support for all common inlay designs.
Check our RFID Solution webpage for the latest list of supported chips and inlays
RFID Data ValidationEncoding Failures: Full / partial label overstrike (Depends on label length) RFID Label Counter: Tracks good/bad labelsEncoding failures: Full label overstrike
RFID label counter: Tracks good/bad labels
Print Resolution203dpi, 300dpi, 600dpi203dpi, 300dpi203dpi, 300dpi203dpi
Max Print Speed14ips@203dpi, 12ips@300dpi, 6ips@ 600dpi12ips@203dpi, 10ips@300dpi10ips@203dpi, 7ips@300dpi8ips@203dpi, 6ips@300dpi14ips@203dpi, 12ips@300dpiUp to 5ips @203dpi

Success Story

  • Walmart Home Décor Supplier Easily Complies with RFID Requirement

    A U.S.-based supplier of home décor products can print and encode different label types using as few RFID printers as possible to comply with RFID requirement.

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  • WaveRFID Helps Opticians to See Eyewear Stock in Real-Time

    Optical retail shops applies WaveRFID's cloud-based inventory management solution and T800 RFID printer to gain accurate inventory data and control budgeted stock plan.

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Resource Library

  • Webinar 1: RFID for E-Commerce

    How RFID Helps E-Commerce Operations Across the Supply Chain

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  • Webinar 2: RFID for E-Commerce

    How to Comply with Retailer RFID Initiatives and Leverage the Technology to Your Benefit

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  • Why Global RFID Encoding Standards Matter

    RFID’s value is derived from data quality. Using standards-based numbering schemes is the key.

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  • RFID Guide for Retailers’ Omnichannel Fulfillment Success

    How RFID helps optimize e-commerce operations across supply chain

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  • Survival Guide: From Surviving to Thriving

    A Guide to RFID mandates for retail suppliers

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  • RFID Labeling Solutions for Every Application

    Enterprise series RFID printer brochure

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  • Implementing an E-Commerce Strategy Can Pose Challenges for the Value Chain, Can RFID Help?

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  • How RFID Can Help Optimize E-Commerce Operations

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  • The Importance of RFID Standards for E-Commerce Solutions

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  • RFID Tips to Support In-Store E-Commerce Operations

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  • Tips to Comply with Retailer RFID Mandates

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  • The Supplier's Ultimate Guide to Retailer RFID Mandates: From Surviving to Thriving

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  • The Importance of Selecting the Right RFID Partners and Printers for Your Retail E-Commerce Projects

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  • Need to Automate RFID Tagging?

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Enterprise Series RFID Printers Video

Our Enterprise Series RFID printers allow you to print and encode at high speeds to support your daily business operations.