Container Centralen promises new radio tags for trolleys will be free of charge in January

Container Centralen staff spent much of the Southern Growers Show assuring growers that there will be no charge for the new radio frequency identification (RFID) tags being introduced in January.

Concern had arisen following a report in a monthly trade magazine that suggested a charge would be incurred for every RFID tag that was sent out to Container Centralen customers.

UK managing director Phil Squance said suggestions that RFID tags will cost £10 each were wrong and explained that they will be mailed out free of charge in mid December using UPS. There will be a £5 charge to bring trolleys into the pool.

Exhibitor Steven Lee of New Place Nurseries said: "It will be interesting because we have not yet seen the tags. Logistically it's a nightmare, but it's going to happen and we can't stop it."

Seiont Nursery owner Neil Alcock said he supported the scheme. "It will make us more aware of our investment in the trolleys," he pointed out.

The introduction of RFID has caused huge concern, in particular over the £400 cost of scanners required for growers and retailers in the system (HW, 12 November).


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