RFID in the logistics industry

How can RFID labelling help logistics organisations to drive even greater efficiencies and offer opportunities for differentiation, growth and future-proofing?

An RFID system stores unique identifying data on a tag. The tag is attached to an object. The object could be an individual product, a pallet or a truck. The identifying data is in the form of an EPC, which links to an inventory database. The tag may contain more detailed product information, including date of manufacture, destination, sell-by date and batch number.


Key differences between RFID and barcoding

Whilst there are certainly similarities between RFID and barcode labels, the RFID tag offers several benefits over barcoding:

  • Barcodes require line of sight to be read while RFID technology allows multiple tags to be captured in one go as they pass through a read area (i.e. the entire contents of a box, pallet or room).
  • RFID Tags can be more compact and durable than a traditional barcode label, making them more suitable for certain applications
  • RFID Tags can have additional data appended as they move through the supply chain, while data can only be printed into a barcode once


Benefits of RFID for logistics

Compared with barcodes, RFID offers faster data capture about a wider range of objects. Active tags enable a far wider range of applications. This generates real time data accuracy, faster, improved tracking of inventory and assets, and reduced labour costs.

  • Inventory visibility
  • Stock level accuracy
  • Staff productivity
  • Asset tracking
  • Tracking of shipments
  • Vehicle logistics
  • Security access
  • Shrinkage protection
  • Product feedback
  • Faster dispatch