RFID technologies are being deployed by sports teams, concert venues, manufacturers and other end users to collect and share statistics, allow touch-free transactions and payments, track products through the supply chain and more. Here are the story highlights from the past week.

Sports and Music Venues Reopening with All-in-One RFID and NFC Payments – The new Appetize Payments solution is being deployed at concerts and games to allow touch-free transactions and ordering via mobile phones.

ID-Cotton, AG Surveyors Boost Brazilian Cotton Quality – Products tracked from seeding to consumer offer confidence in the international market, thanks to GS1’s Electronic Product Code standard.

New Metalcraft Subsidiary to Design and Manufacture RFID Inlays – The company’s Inlay Innovation facility provides development, testing and manufacturing services to provide custom inlays for the RFID labels its clients need for asset tracking, tolling and access control.

Barring the Barcode – According to Retail Info Systems, the ubiquitous machine-readable identifier is finally fading into obsolescence as retailers embrace cutting-edge technologies like RFID.

RFID News Roundup – Humatics, Siemens receive MTA UWB train-positioning contract; SimplyRFID offers inventory-management guide for wine sellers; InnovationLab, Trelleborg integrate printed sensors in logistics app; New Boundary offers IIoT monitoring solution; Laird Connectivity, Memfault partner on IoT/Bluetooth debugging platform; RFID use boosts plastic pharmaceutical bottle sales.