Things to do today: Buy bread. Pick up suit at the cleaner’s. Return gift at the mall. Stop in at the NFC tag store? That’s right. Japanese Fukumi Corp. has opened the world’s first retail outlet for NFC tags and applications.
Based in Tokyo, the RFID/NFC Real Touch Shop offers NFC tags and applications, NFC starter kits, and printing and encoding services. It features NFC tags from UPM RFID. The shop allows both beginners and professional NFC smartphone users to ‘tap and touch’ and learn more about and experience the opportunities of NFC technology in real-life applications.
Previously, Fukumi made HF, UHF and NFC tags, as well as RFID hardware items, available from its online store. At the physical NFC tag shop, customers have access to personal service with NFC consulting and guidance. Fukumi expects this concept will enable customers to further familiarize themselves with NFC technology. The company is considering opening more shops in future.
“Fukumi has been a member of the UPM Pro RFID Alliance since 2010, supplying UPM RFID products to various Japanese distribution companies,” says Yoshihiro Fukumi, President of Fukumi Corp. “With the real shop we aim to be the leading NFC player in the region offering a wide variety of high-quality UPM RFID NFC tags and inlays.”
“Fukumi’s shop is the first physical NFC shop in the world with a complete service concept built around NFC tags,” says Edward Lu, Sales and Marketing Director, APAC, UPM RFID. “To date UPM RFID has participated in the opening of the world’s first online NFC shop for custom NFC tags, and also played a role in the development of the first mobile app for ordering NFC tags. We are now honored to be participating in the opening of this first ever physical NFC store.”