I am a Master's student at the Lappeenranta University of Technology, in Finland. Recently, I started gathering information about RFID, as I am trying to demonstrate the effects and advantages of using the technology at some companies, such as Finish firms in the food industry. However, I am very keen on finding out how one can show the effects of applying RFID to a company's performance.
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We recommend that companies examine specific business problems they have within their supply chain, production or stores, and to then choose a radio frequency identification system that might be able to address those problems by providing more accurate real-time data.
For a food company, the problem might be the spoilage of food within the supply chain, or poor delivery performance. There are RFID temperature sensors that allow for end-to-end tracking of shipments in real time, with information about the temperature of the goods. Earlier this year, for example, Intelleflex launched a self-contained solution for food companies (see Intelleflex Launches Self-Contained Reader to Bring Visibility to Remote Sites).
Typically, once a business has pinpointed a problem that it wants to solve, and has chosen the appropriate type of RFID system for the job (there are a variety of different types of RFID technology available), it will then conduct a pilot program to ascertain if the technology can reduce spoilage or improve shipping accuracy. The pilot should enable the firm to project savings from the new technology, and to then determine how long it will take to recoup the investment.
You can search our site for such terms as "food" or "produce" in order to learn how other food companies have applied RFID within their operations, as well as the benefits they might have received.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal