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RFID in Brazil

RFID Journal's inaugural event in that country revealed great enthusiasm for the technology.
By Mark Roberti
The Brazilian Army has equipped a military logistics center with EPC Gen 2 technology, as part of a program to increase the efficiency, accuracy and visibility of distributing supplies to soldiers (see RFID Improves Supply Management for Brazil's Army, Air Force). Goods arrive at the distribution facility directly from vendors, and are then shipped to units and soldiers throughout the country. Suppliers are tagging products with EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags, and when tagged items are unloaded from trucks at the logistics center, the tags are read while passing through an RFID portal, thereby indicating that those goods were received. The system has increased the military's supply chain efficiency.

The Brazilian Air Force has automated inventory management with a robotic stacker that moves on rails. The solution can store up to 5,000 separate boxes containing the uniforms for officers and graduates. This groundbreaking system identifies tagged boxes of uniforms as they are put away in a specific location. The system can then locate a particular box and retrieve it without any errors. The system has reduced the amount of time employees spend locating and sorting uniforms by a third.

In addition, Brazilian retailers are embracing RFID. Valdac Group, a São Paulo-based fashion retailer operating more than 100 stores throughout the nation, including its Crawford and Siberian chains, is using RFID to streamline operations, reduce employee and process costs, track and monitor inventory, and provide insight into sales trends (see Brazil's Valdac Turns to RFID for Style and Savings). Last year, the firm launched a new retail brand, Memove, that featured RFID-based point-of-sale systems, enabling shoppers to quickly complete purchases without interacting with a shop assistant.

These and other case studies presented at LIVE! Brasil will, no doubt, inspire other Brazilian companies and organizations to adopt RFID. I'm sure some of those in the audience this year will be on stage next year, and before long, I believe, Brazil will be among the leaders in utilizing the technology to drive business value.

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.

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