RFID Can Help Businesses in Unexpected Ways

Radio-frequency identification, or RFID, is becoming a regular presence in retail inventory, but its uses extend far beyond keeping track of jeans in clothing stores. Here is a look at eight unexpected and clever uses of this important technology.

Smart Belts

Big construction sites are using RFID tracking devices that clip into their workers’ belts to ensure managers can reach them at all times, and they also register when workers have accidents so they can get help quickly.

Order Picking

The technology is being used with LED-guided picking systems to help pickers find the items they need faster and more accurately. The RFIDs know the locations of the pickers and the items, and they work with WMS software to toggle the LEDs for bins and aisles.

Child Safety

In southern India’s annual Hindu pilgrimage, Vodafone India and local police will use RFID in lanyards to keep track of children and send their locations to their parents’ phones and the police.

Hospital Scrubs

One Virginia hospital has saved $40,000 on scrubs thanks to an RFID scrub dispenser that ensures workers bring them back after each shift for cleaning.

Luggage Tracking

Delta is using the technology to send fliers mobile notifications as their bags are loaded into and out of planes for peace of mind and alert them when they’ve made their way to carousels, achieving a 99.9 percent tracking success rate in the process.

Total Inventory Coverage

As the price of RFID chips continues to fall, retailers are cutting their out-of-stocks and noting sales increases as a result. Big retailers like Macy’s are on track to have 100 percent RFID coverage by the end of the year.


Waltonchain uses RFID with blockchain to streamline logistics and inventory management, giving consumers and businesses access to the history of each individual item to allow new levels of visibility.

Checkout-Free Stores

Retailers like JD.com are planning on using RFID for unmanned stores that will allow people to skip checkouts altogether.

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This blog post was based off of an article from Software Connect. View the original here.

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