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By Beth Bacheldor

RFID, RTLS Adoption to Rise in Warehouses, According to Zebra Study

Zebra Technologies' latest Warehouse Vision Study shows that 51 percent of companies expected to increase their investment in real-time location systems (RTLS) that track inventory and assets throughout the warehouse in 2015, but this number jumps to 75 percent for 2020. The just-released report is based on a survey completed in October 2015. For the survey, Zebra polled 1,378 warehouse IT and operations professionals throughout 12 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The report compares respondents' expectations for 2015 versus 2020. Forty percent of respondents said they were using RFID for cycle counts and inventory validation in 2015. By 2020, 85 percent anticipate those processes will be performed via RFID.

The study found that approximately 44 percent of companies reported that their technology expansion and usage of RFID will either somewhat (33.6 percent) or dramatically (9.4 percent) increase for the next five years. About 20 percent of respondents indicated RFID to be a supplier requirement in 2015, while around 31 percent said this will be the case in 2020. Nearly 23 percent of current customers required the use and adoption of RFID in 2015, according to respondents. By 2020, that number will rise to 41 percent.

Zebra believes that consumer expectations will drive increased investment in IT and operational functions in warehouses throughout the next four years, as manufacturing and logistics companies continue to adjust to delivering products directly to consumers.

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