Radio-frequency identification (RFID) can be integrated directly to existing activities to sure how to execute these activities; or can be used indirectly with data analysis to improve operation. More and more companies adopt this technology, its low cost and high function drive the Internet of Things (IoT) in company’s daily operation. In other case, the usage of RFID technology is used for more advanced analysis.
First, companies can adopt simpler models, the cost of each model is just several cent that used to analysis inventory every month. For example, the number of laser printed paper in business office for tracking inventory; or tracking how much non-perishable goods stored in their warehouses through restaurants. The leading suppliers in RFID solution field include Impinj, Inc., ITL Group, NXP Semiconductors N.V., and HID Global.
RFID technology also can increase the security of supply chain and simplify it. In simpler retail level, RFID technology removes and decrease the time for controlling inventory. For more complex supply chain, RFID technology can be used to support global shipping to track goods and check whether the storage temperature is correct or not. Tracking function adds a security condition to make sure that the correct goods are offered in correct time and place. RFID label can be attached to goods and materials directly, or they can be attached to the containers that carry them alternatively. The containers including carts, cargo containers, pallets, trailers, totes, and reusable transport items can all be tagged.
Besides, this technology decreases the cost of keeping the accuracy of inventory data, like the demand of less workers and minimizing losses of goods. Amazon has designed, integrated and deployed RFID technology in its inner facilities. These examples show how the interest in this track-and-trace technology continues to grow.