RedPrairie and Weber Marking Systems Partner on First Inline RFID Printer-Applicator Solution

WAUKESHA, Wis. & CHICAGO--()--Sept. 14, 2004--

  RedPrairie Demonstrates RFID Compliance Application Integrated to Weber Printer-Applicator with Zebra OEM Print Engine at Frontline Solutions Conference  



RedPrairie Corporation, a global leader in supply chain technology solutions that drive business process transformation, announced today at the Frontline Solutions conference in Chicago the integration of their RFID compliance applications with the new RFID Printer-Applicator from Weber Marking Systems, Inc. This is the industry's first EPC compliant inline OEM print engine-applicator solution.

At the show, RedPrairie 's RFID Igniter(TM) compliance application, which provides the EPC product code and relevant product information, will be demonstrated fully integrated with the Weber Model 5200rfid Printer-Applicator, a unit that makes it easy to print, encode, verify and apply pressure-sensitive RFID smart labels to cartons and pallet loads in one operation. In addition, the system automatically senses improperly encoded smart labels and rejects them prior to application. The solution incorporates Zebra Technology's OEM Print Engine to encode the RFID chip, print the label and reject bad tags.

The integrated solution is designed to automate and increase the execution speed of two operations - production line application and "slap and ship" in distribution centers. In a production line, RedPrairie's RFID Igniter(TM) or RFID Accelerator(TM) compliance systems provide EPC codes and product information to the Zebra OEM print engine for encoding on the RFID chip and printing on the smart label. The encoded smart labels are then applied to the appropriate carton as it travels down the production line.

For smart labels applied at distribution centers, RedPrairie's RFID compliance applications direct the case-pallet de-aggregation and re-aggregation needed to apply the smart labels prior to shipping.

RedPrairie Company Leader John Jazwiec says, "RedPrairie is a leader in innovative solutions for RFID deployment. By pioneering this EPC compliant printer-applicator solution with Weber, we are providing customers a cost-effective means for addressing one of the labor-intensive aspects of complying with the RFID mandates of major retailers. The fact that labels are automatically checked and bad ones are never applied to products removes a major headache in this process."

At Frontline Solutions RedPrairie is also demonstrating a new RFID-based asset tracking and security application developed with RF Code and Avery Dennison.

About Weber Marking Systems, Inc.

Weber Marking Systems is an experienced innovator in the design, manufacture, and supply of high-performance labeling and coding products for the industrial marketplace. They provide the latest in systems, software, and media and back them with a nationwide network of direct sales, service, and technical support. For more information on Weber Marking Systems access www.webermarking.com.

About RedPrairie Corporation

RedPrairie is a global leader in supply chain technology solutions that enable the transformation and optimization of supply chain networks, driving out costs, improving customer service and creating competitive advantage. RedPrairie's supply chain execution solutions provide the industry's leading transportation, productivity, and distribution management capabilities, fully integrated with process management components for real-time visibility and event management, trading partner integration, quality control and performance measurement. Coupled with RedPrairie's tactical planning and inventory optimization solutions, RedPrairie provides a true single source platform for supply chain management.

RedPrairie provides industry-tailored solutions for many markets, including consumer goods, direct to consumer and traditional retail, food and beverage, high tech / electronics, third party logistics, industrial / wholesale, automotive and service parts, and pharmaceuticals. Customers include Hewlett-Packard, Sony, Thames Water, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Panasonic, Georgia-Pacific, Eveready, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Unilever, Exel, GE, TNT Logistics, and many others. With offices across the globe, RedPrairie is a true world-wide solution provider.

For additional information, call 1.877.733.7724, or access www.redprairie.com.

RedPrairie, DigitaLogistix and DLx are registered trademarks of RedPrairie Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. (C) 2004 RedPrairie Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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RedPrairie Corporation
J.J. Berrall, 262-317-2410
jj.berrall@redprairie.com

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RedPrairie Corporation
J.J. Berrall, 262-317-2410
jj.berrall@redprairie.com