The product is equipped with a readable NFC chip, which can be scanned with our consumer app with 95% of mobile devices both iOS and Android. This allows consumers in stores and after purchase to understand the product journey and the sustainability and fairness efforts of the brands.

Photo credits: The CANO Shoes equipped with NFC chips

NFC Chip Tagging

1. Prerequisites

The following must be done so you can actually start tagging in our system:

  • You have one product P

  • You have one order of that product P

2. Getting QR Tags

We offer the following options to have QR codes ready where ever you will need them.

  • We can print and ship them.

  • We can provide an excel file of valid QR code data and send it to you. You must print them.

  • You can generate validate QR codes yourself and print them. For the URI structure of the QR code you must get in touch with us. This is error prone and not recommended.

3. Attach QR Tags to Products

Once you have QR codes, the next step is to attach them to your products. This can be done in several processes. We list here the most common scenarios and recommend to get in touch with us to determine the best process for you.

  • The QR codes can be printed directly into the fabric.

  • The QR codes can be put on a placeholder hang tag.

  • The QR codes can be printed on a hang tag which is attached to the product.

  • The QR codes can be put onto a box or package where the product is placed into.

We offer maximum flexibility to make the process smooth. Contact us to find your solution to attach QR tags to your products.

4. Linking QR Tags to Products

The QR codes itself contain a unique number, which will be linked to a specific order line. The order line determines the specific product, e.g. red shirt summer 2019 size s. Often, it is not required to tag every single product in a batch, but rather create one QR code for all red shirt in any size of that seasons. It can be as coarse grained as any size of that shirt of that season. What must be ensured is that the supply chain how the product was produced is always exactly the same. Customers will be able to inspect the QR code and then see the shipment slips and goods transfers.

The linking process is recommended to do through our business app. The app is available for iOS and Android devices and works backwards on nearly any generation. The phone just requires a camera. Once downloaded, the process is as follows:

  • You log into the app and get a one time login code.

  • You select the order you want to tag.

  • You select the order line you want to tag.

  • You select that you want to link with QR codes.

  • You are prompted to scan QR codes, which are linked immediately on the order line.

The steps through the business app can be done by either the brand or the manufacturer. Both have access to the order line and thus can tag products on them.

5. Verify the Process

Once a tag has been scanned and is registered successfully on the order line, simply take out the consumer app and scan the QR code. Optionally, you can directly use your phone camera and scan the code. Phone will prompt you if you want to open the browser to inspect the product journey.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do NFC chips cost?

The pricing depends on the amount and the style of the chips. Further, there is range of quality of NFC chips. Depending on where the chip is added or what the end consumers do with the product, a higher quality might be necessary to ensure the NFC chip does not break.
. If the product is a shoe and the chip is in the soles, it is recommended to order strong chips, enduring pressure over time. Whereas a button for a shirt requires more resistance for washing machines.

How long is the shipment time?

The shipment time also includes the lead time for the specific NFC chips. We have common chips on stock and can ship them out within 2 working days. If chips must be ordered, it depends on the country of origin and the lead time of the manufacturer. In case we have to order special chips the lead time is typically between 2 to 6 weeks.

Can NFC chips be pre-written?

Yes, we can pre-write the NFC chips before shipping them to the destination location. The writing will be charged with the hourly support fee.

There is not a lot of options to support the linking process from our side, as the critical part is which NFC chip is attached to which product. For NFC chips, the only option to link them is that we have control over what is written to the chips and to which product they are attached. The only emergency fall back option is to request help to fly into the manufacturing process and support the tagging process manually.

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