Zebra attacks the myths behind RFID technology

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Zebra Technologies has launched a guide to RFID technology addressing a number of myths that surround the technology.
RFID is expected to achieve fast adoption rates because it is based on existing bar codes; the key benefits of RFID such as enabling scanning through other materials, delivering real-time reporting and automating inventory management, and explaining the key benefits of the different types of RFID tags such as ‘passive’ and ‘active’.
“We have reached the point where RFID can no longer be ignored,” said Bernard Williams, Zebra’s RFID business development manager. “The fact that Wal-Mart has mandated its suppliers to achieve pallet and case-level tagging with class 1 gen 2 at its core by 2006 is a clear indicator that this technology will become an industry standard for retail applications. Using these tags Wal-Mart has already achieved 16 per cent reduction in out of stock product lines due to improved inventory information.”
“In addition, manufacturers are looking to increase the speed of delivery, reduce shrinkage and meet retailer mandates for RFID. They also want to increase the speed of payments by using EDI and RFID tags to consolidate orders and move goods through the supply chain more quickly,” he said.
“As competition increases in the logistics sector, with speed of delivery and product traceability high on retailers’ agendas, it is clear that we are on the brink of widespread adoption. Retailers and manufacturers need to review their strategy now.”

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