The large Dutch book retailer Boekhandels Groep Nederland (BGN) is opening two "fully automated" SmartStores that use RFID technology to track the books from their shipment out of the Centraal Bookhuis, the major Dutch wholesaler, to the stores and to customers, according to RFID Journal. The first store opens in Almere this week; the second in Maastricht in September.
Among other things, RFID technology (radio frequency identification made wirelessly through transmitting tags in products) can allow products to be scanned much more easily than bar codes printed or stuck on them permit--and, in the brave new world, can even allow for a kind of EZ Pass checkout.
Already the tags allowed the Almere store to be stocked with 45,000 books in three days; without RFID, stocking would have taken two weeks, the bookseller estimated. BGN will be able to take inventory twice a day by wheeling a trolley with a reader on it down the aisles. Information about the location of books will be easily available to customers and employees. The tags will be "killed" at checkout so the books will not be able to be tracked once purchased.
From Shelf Awareness