Beyond the Tag: Finding RFID Value in Manufacturing and Distribution Applications

Radio frequency identifcation (RFID) has always been considered a forward-looking technology. Today, most of the focus is on how emerging Electronic Product Code (EPC) RFID tags can help connect trading partners and align supply chains. However, to see the immediate benefts RFID can provide, manufacturers should look inward at their operation’s own business processes, not forward into just supply chain customer’s compliance requirements. RFID provides a quick return on investment in many factory and warehousing industrial operations, without as much coordination and complexity as supply chain implementations require. Manufacturers who consistently experience bottlenecks, desire traceability, or who want to reduce the labor required forcosts associated with materials management and replenishment, are excellent candidates to save money with RFID.

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