"If you compare the print-and-apply process at consumer goods manufacturing with eight packaging lines, you'd have to have eight applicators and printers," said Paul de Blois, HIDE-Pack vice president and general manager. "We can produce the boxes on flexo-folder-gluer at a speed of 300 per minute, which is much faster than the throughput of a typical print-apply system." A story worth checking out.
Pet product maker Normerica opted for an unorthodox combo of smart boxes with embedded RFID tags and a mobile reader to comply with Wal-Mart's RFID requirement. The application, described in wonderful detail in this RFID Update story, was attractive because it reportedly involved "no significant retooling of its packing or shipping lines."