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GS1 US Survey Finds Strong RFID Adoption

The results, released this week, found that 78 percent of retailers received at least some RFID-tagged merchandise (primarily apparel and footwear), with those retailers receiving, on average, 47 percent of those goods with EPC UHF RFID inlays.
By Claire Swedberg

Of the retailers, 78 percent indicated that at least some of the merchandise they receive is RFID-tagged. More specifically, 20.4 percent reported that 41 to 60 percent of their received goods are tagged, 18.6 percent said a total of 61 to 80 percent of their merchandise is tagged, and 8 percent said that all goods are tagged. Conversely, 15 percent reported no tagged goods, and 7 percent said they didn't know.

The implementation questions yielded similarly positive responses.

Among the RFID-aware manufacturers—including those tagging at least some of their merchandise—48.2 percent said they are in the process of implementing RFID, 21.1 percent reported that they expect to do so during the next 12 months, 18.4 percent have such plans in the next one to two years, and 12.3 percent have no plans for implementation.

Of the RFID-aware retailers—including those already receiving tagged items—57 percent said they are currently implementing RFID, while 19.3 percent reported plans to implement during the next 12 months and 10.5 percent during the next one to two years. Only 13.2 percent denied having plans to implement.

GS1 US' Melanie Nuce
It is important to note, however, that not all of the 177 respondents provided answers to both RFID-related questions.

The 177 RFID-cognizant respondents are primarily members of the apparel, footwear and accessories industry—which, Nuce says, is the subsector most commonly using and testing RFID. Most survey participants were GS1 US members, she adds, but some were not. "All had to be using GS1 standards in some way," Nuce states.

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