RFID: the next killer app?

Collins, Philippa
May 2004
Management Services;May2004, Vol. 48 Issue 5, p20
Academic Journal
This article provides information on a conference organized by Access Events International at the Excel Conference Centre in London, England in 2004. The conference offered a wide range of presentations, together with a Speed Dating for Business concept in an attempt to allow time for participants to target the attendees they most wanted to meet at the conference. On the second day of the conference there were the usual workshop events, with a choice of topics. Mario Rivas, executive at Philips Semiconductors, pointed out the supply chain and logistics benefits of reduced costs. Radio frequency identification devices (RFID) allow a dramatically increased degree of automation, deal with multiple items at the same time and eliminate the need for re-labelling and manual interventions. In addition, inventory management is easier as RFID require no line of sight and improve response times. Accuracy is increased and shrinkage reduced through improved security and visibility. Inventory levels along the supply chain can be reduced. Paul Roberts of Nestlé Rowntree UK, outlined the problems of sharing the costs of the new technology. His presentation was based on practicalities, looking at the implementation steps and the business benefits for all members of the value chain, rather than just the retailers.


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