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Brazilian Post Office Expects to Consume 461 Million RFID Tags by 2021

The RFID postal modernization project, initiated in Brazil with the support of a specialized agency of the United Nations, foresees the mass use of RFID by 2020.
By Edson Perin
Aug 17, 2018

According to official forecasts from the Correios (the Brazilian Post Office), the agency will require 461 million RFID tags of various formats, sizes and applications, representing a significant business opportunity for technology suppliers in the country, thanks to an international agreement to track letters and orders worldwide via UHF RFID tags. The demand for the deployment was presented last month to Brazilian suppliers of RFID tags at GS1 Brazil, whose standardization will be used in the system.

Brazil is the starting point for a project to improve processes and offer new postal services around the world based on the use of radio frequency identification technology. Under the baton of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a specialized agency of the United Nations that coordinates postal policies among member countries, the postal service is implementing the use of smart labels on correspondence and product boxes. The increasing demand for e-commerce has increased the volume of this type of delivery.

The post office and the UPU began implementing the third stage of the Global Monitoring System (GMS) project, which provides for the expansion of the use of RFID technology in the tracking of international and national mail-flow objects. According to the post office, close to 15 percent of the volume of tags mentioned above will be necessary in 2019 to enable the adoption of the technology. By 2020, the forecast is that 60 percent of this volume will be reached, and in 2021, the operation will reach 100 percent.

At present, the post office intends to speed up the project and increase its transparency by obtaining technical subsidies from the market and thus enable the development of the specification of passive UHF RFID tags to be used in postal items, pouches, crates and containers. The GS1 event sought to identify the usual production capacity and forms of supply in the Brazilian market, as well as commercial practices, such as delivery times, minimum lots, supply units, certifications, costs, customizations and restrictions, among other aspects.

Interested parties should send proposals, information, suggestions and requests for clarifications by email to rfid@correios.com.br, a channel designed to optimize communication with the market for the purpose of meeting the project's demands.

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