When can we realistically expect this to happen?
Realistically, I would expect it to take another eight to 10 years, though some products may be tagged sooner. For example, steaks are fairly expensive and are often stolen from supermarkets. Plus, there could easily be recalls on tainted meat, so it makes sense to tag steaks before, say, bananas. Frozen seafood might be tagged soon as well, along with other high-value food items.
But keep in mind that the adoption of new technologies does not occur at a consistent rate across many years. Typically, adoption remains slow for a long time. Prices fall and performance improves, until you reach a point at which it makes economic sense to adopt. The adoption rate then accelerates dramatically. So the adoption of RFID in retail apparel could drive tag and reader costs down, and make the tagging of food items more viable.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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