Adding RFID to your Business

If you’re a retailer and still haven’t thought about RFID for your business, then what are you waiting for? How many sales will you lose when a product isn’t on the shelf?

Why Adopt RFID
So, you might be wondering why you should adopt RFID? First, write down your current processes—then, write down your processes, as they would be with RFID. Compare the processes and estimate your ROI—saving time is saving money. Once you’ve established a cause for adding RFID, you can plan your pilot.

Technology
Once you decide what you want to pilot, it’s time to explore the wonderful world of technology. Know the basics on what technology can help your business needs the most. You don’t need a fine-tuned solution just yet, just something to get you going.

Product Testing
Take another look at your process documents and decide where and how RFID would be most beneficial. Ask yourself, “what information do I need to prove my business case?” It will become clear what will need to be tagged and then you can start specifying the tags, readers and software you want to test. Make sure your testing environment replicates the actual environment where the technology will be used. RFID can be easily affected by:
• Product/material of the item your tagging
• Packaging materials
• Pallet configurations
• Reader/antenna placement

Record all of your data and once everything is confirmed, it’s time to move on to the actual pilot!

Pilot
With all the prep work out of the way, it’s time for the pilot. The goal of the pilot is to ensure what you’d want in a final deployment—validate and refine the business case and add in some hard data on what RFID will really provide for you.

Create a process map of your RFID enabled supply chain and tweak/refine as needed.

Once you’ve completed the pilot and are happy with the results, it’s time to get an actual RFID implementation in motion.

Contact Barcoding, Inc. if you need help with your RFID planning or implementation.