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RFID Journal’s new Request for Proposal system will help buyers find vendors that can meet their needs.
By Mark Roberti
Oct 11, 2004I mentioned last week that the RFID market has matured quickly. While companies are not placing huge orders for tags and readers, it's clear that more and more companies are serious about deploying RFID, and they are making small purchases for pilots or initial rollouts.

Last week, RFID Journal unveiled a new Request for Proposal service, which lets subscribers submit requests for information, proposals or quotes. Our aim in creating this automated system is to make it easier for end users to find the vendors who can provide the technology they need.

We know that identifying the vendors that can meet your needs for active or passive tags, middleware that manages RFID readers or enterprise applications that can handle unique serial numbers can involve hours of research. With our automated system, you can fill out a form in as much or little detail as you wish. The system matches the criteria you select with vendors that can provide the products and services you are looking for.

RFID Journal will not make money from this service. We will not charge vendors a commission on deals, because we want our subscribers to know that the system is completely unbiased. Our sole purpose is to provide a value-added service to subscribers and, in a broader context, to help foster growth of the RFID market by connecting buyers and sellers.

The service is new and may not be perfect. I invite readers who use the system to e-mail me ( mroberti@rfidjournal.com) with suggestions for how we can make it better or more efficient. We will continue to enhance the system based on your comments.

Your feedback is essential to helping us improve not just the RFP system, but everything we do. Roughly 1,500 people filled out our survey about the kind of information you would like us to provide at RFID Journal Live! 2005, our third annual executive conference, which will be held in Chicago from April 10 to 12. As anyone who has ever done a survey knows, that's a huge response, and I'm extremely grateful to have that kind of feedback. We will certainly take all of the information onboard and build a program that addresses your needs.

As part of the survey, we also asked readers for comments about RFID Journal's Web site, magazine and events. The response we received was overwhelmingly positive. There's no greater feeling for an editor than to know that readers appreciate the hard work the RFID Journal staff puts into providing the highest quality editorial content. We've posted some of the comments we received for new readers or potential subscribers to see. If you're in that group and want to know what existing readers think about RFID Journal , visit our Testimonials page.

To thank all readers who filled out the survey, we offered one free admission to RFID Journal Live! 2005 and five free subscriptions to the Journal, chosen at random. The six winners have been notified privately. For those of you who didn't win, I'm grateful for your support and for the feedback. We will continue to strive to provide the objective, timely information and analysis you need online, in print and at our events.

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below.

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