More than ten million parts belonging to around 10,000 types in a distribution center were involved in this study.
There are more than 10,000 storage and retrieval operations for hundreds of part types on a daily basis.
What has been seen in the past few years is a much more enlightened, less evangelistic, and more realistic approach to how RFID may be able to play a role within retailing, one that recognizes its limitations and plays to its identifiable strengths.
The technology has also had the opportunity to gradually mature, away from the spotlight of unrealistic expectations, and begin to show how it can be used to help retailers resolve some of their ongoing and growing concerns.
Similarly, problems such as returns fraud would be eliminated as the previous ambiguity around whether a particular item had actually been purchased would no longer exist—the product would “tell” the retailer its current status (bought or not bought).
Back in the early 2000s, it seemed RFID was going to totally transform the retail world.
It is within this context that GS1 and the ECR Community Shrinkage and On-shelf Availability Group commissioned a piece of research to better understand about how this technology is now being used and what lessons can be drawn from its development, its implementation, and its impact on retail businesses.
Based upon the detailed experiences of ten companies that have invested in RFID, the study set out to answer the following questions: This research adopted a case-study methodology with data being collected via requests for various types of quantitative data relating to the use and performance of RFID, together with primarily face-to-face interviews with company representatives from the following companies: Collectively, these companies have total sales in the region of €94 billion (~6 billion) a year and purchase at least 1.87 billion RFID tags a year, equivalent to the use of about sixty tags per second.
Value stream mapping was used to draw current state mapping and future state mapping (with lean management and RFID) with material flow, information flow, and time flow.
Preliminary experiments showed that the average reading rate of electric forklift and hydraulic cart are 99.3 and 99.1 % by fixed ultra-high frequency RFID readers with antenna installed at the receiving/shipping dock and passive tags mounted on box/pallet.