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Advocating a Hybrid Approach to RFID

The supply chain of the future will not depend on RFID alone but instead a combination of RFID (both passive and active), bar codes, GPS, and sensors.
Jan 05, 2005This article was originally published by RFID Update.

January 5, 2005—Ink spilled about RFID in 2004 largely focused on the progress of Wal-Mart, other retailers, and their suppliers in deploying RFID systems. In many cases, the focus became obsessive, with "nickel tags" and "January 1, 2005" the central themes of the technology's development. Questions regarding the possibility of RFID's coexistence with related technologies such as bar codes and sensors were largely ignored. But perhaps such questions are actually the most important consideration. Because a transparent, auto-updating supply chain -- which is the ultimate goal -- will probably not depend on RFID alone but instead a combination of RFID (both passive and active), bar codes, GPS, and, increasingly, sensors, some argue that an inclusive approach to burgeoning supply chain technology will more adequately prepare suppliers for tomorrow.

More on this perspective at Supply & Demand Chain Executive
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