Barcode labeling is essential to the retail industry. It enables them to streamline inventory tracking, pricing, shelf stocking and check-out times. A ribbon with good durability is required for applications of this nature. Smart labels combine both RFID and barcode technologies into one label. While both RFID and barcodes provide the same tracking abilities, smart labels are widely becoming the best solution for integrating RFID technology into retail anti-theft and security applications. The barcodes provide a human readable component that is still necessary in supply chain management.