RFID Tags, GS1 Standards Working in Harmony to Facilitate Retail Transactions

RFID tags are everywhere these days, with almost 9 billion products being tagged last year alone to give companies the power to track a product throughout the supply chain and keep an accurate inventory. Its uses are seemingly endless, with RFID tags giving restaurants an idea of whether their food is organic or not and helping retailers track down the last sweater in a customer’s size.

However, as products make their way through their journey, they are subjected to varying standards and practices, which can hinder visibility to some degree. The best way to counteract this is by using a set of universal standards.

GS1 Standards Make It Seamless

GS1 US has set standards that allow RFID tags to be used across the supply chain without any confusion. These standards mean that retail outlets and their counterparts can work together to ensure customers are getting the products they want. For example, it can help clothing retailers fulfill online orders strategically using excess stock from physical stores.

Another example can be seen in the restaurant industry, where Subway has been using GS1 standards with RFID tags to keep track of the ingredients used in its sandwiches. They can track the origin of the food they use all the way back to the field in which it grew and every stop it made along the way, ensuring freshness and making it a lot faster to find out if their food has been impacted by any quality issues that crop up.

RFID tagging can also make shopping more convenient for customers. In the future, it’s possible that smart fitting rooms will be able to detect the number of items shoppers carry in and out, and when someone needs to try on a different size, they can simply request it without getting dressed again and exiting the dressing room.

RFID tagging may be growing in popularity, but there is still a lot of potential waiting to be untapped, and having the right standards will help it reach new heights of utility and convenience.

This blog post was based off of an article from Deal Crunch. View the original here.

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