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Are Any Courier Companies or Parcel-Delivery Firms Tracking Final Deliveries With RFID?

Posted By RFID Journal, 05.25.2011
If so, which businesses are using the technology for this application?



None of the major courier companies are tracking individual parcels to the point of delivery with radio frequency identification technology. All of them have looked into RFID, but these companies have already invested a lot of money in bar-code systems.

Unlike most firms, these companies are able to read bar codes on randomly oriented boxes in their sorting facilities. They also employ workers to deliver items, who can scan bar codes at each point along the process.

There would undoubtedly be some incremental benefits from eliminating the manual scanning of bar codes, but at the current cost of passive tags, it would not be cost-effective to switch over. I would expect that as tag prices fall and the technology proliferates, however, many of these businesses will eventually adopt RFID.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor,
RFID Journal


Craig Perkins 2014-01-29 11:27:23 AM
Hi Mark, Is there any update with RFID use in the individual parcel industry since this post back in 2011? Craig
Mark Roberti 2014-01-30 09:30:00 AM
Craig, In June, we wrote about how DHL's Thermonet delivery service, which uses passive RFID tags with temperature sensors to track air-freight service ( http://www.rfidjournal.com/articles/view?10777 ). The DHL Thermonet SmartSensor tag consists of an EPC Gen 2 passive UHF RFID inlay integrated with a battery-powered temperature logger, manufactured by CAEN RFID. Hope that helps. Mark

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