RFID adoption issues in the warehouse

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In recent years the increased interest in introducing radio frequency technology (RFID) in warehousing was observed. First adopters of RFID reported numerous benefits, which included: reduced shrinkage, real-time tracking and better accuracy of data collection. Along with the academic and industrial discussion on benefits which can be achieved in RFID enabled warehouses there are reports on issues related to adoption of RFID technology in warehousing. This paper reviews results of scientific reports of RFID implementation in warehouses and discusses the adoption barriers and causes of not achieving full potential of the technology. Following adoption barriers are identified and set in warehousing context: lack of forseeable return on investment (ROI), unreliable performance of RFID systems, standarisation, integration with legacy systems and privacy/security concerns. As more studies will address these challenges, the realisation of RFID benefits for warehouses will become reality.

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Publication date2009
Publication title19th International Conference on Material Handling, Constructions and Logistics
EditorsS. Bosnjak, N. Zrnic
PublisherFaculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade
ISBN (Print)9788670836723
Original languageEnglish

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19th International Conference on Material Handling, Constructions and Logistics, 15-16 October 2009, Belgrade (RS).


  • radio frequency identification, RFID, warehouse

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