The pros and cons of RFID in supply chain management

Katina Michael, Luke McCathie

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Abstract

This paper presents the pros and cons of using radio-frequency identification (RFID) in supply chain management (SCM). While RFID has a greater number of benefits than its predecessor, the bar code, it currently comes at a price that many businesses still consider prohibitive. On the one hand, RFID is advantageous because it does not require line-of-sight scanning, it acts to reduce labor levels, enhances visibility, and improves inventory management. On the other hand, RFID is presently a costly solution, lacking standardization, it has a small number of suppliers developing end-to-end solutions, suffers from some adverse deployment issues, and is clouded by privacy concerns. Irrespective of these factors, the ultimate aim of RFID in SCM is to see the establishment of item-level tracking which should act to revolutionize SCM practices, introducing another level of efficiencies never before seen.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication4th Annual International Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2005
EditorsWayne Brookes, Elaine Lawrence, Robert Steele, Elizabeth Chang
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages623-629
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)0769523676, 9780769523675
DOIs
StatePublished - 2005
Event4th Annual International Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2005 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: Jul 11 2005Jul 13 2005

Publication series

Name4th Annual International Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2005

Conference

Conference4th Annual International Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2005
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period7/11/057/13/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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    Michael, K., & McCathie, L. (2005). The pros and cons of RFID in supply chain management. In W. Brookes, E. Lawrence, R. Steele, & E. Chang (Eds.), 4th Annual International Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2005 (pp. 623-629). [1493672] (4th Annual International Conference on Mobile Business, ICMB 2005). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICMB.2005.103