Design and Implementation

The first phase is to focus on achieving internal benefits across the enterprise. That means looking for savings in manufacturing, shipping, receiving, packaging and so on. The second phase is to work with suppliers and logistics providers to track products that will bring the greatest benefits to all parties in the supply chain.

For those looking to get serious with RFID, the first stage is to investigate the opportunity RFID provides and experiment with the technology. This stage involves the following key steps:

Establish an RFID working group made up of cross-functional representatives. It should not be an IT led initiative or solely a business led initiative but a combined team.

Learn the basics of RFID and assess the problems or opportunities RFID could potentially solve or realise.

Engage RFID vendors and other retailers to further build knowledge and get hands-on experience (this may include setting up a lab and purchasing tags and interrogators).

Begin to define potential business applications or use cases for RFID that will start to inform the pilot design (including understanding high-level operational and systemic requirements and the benefits associated with each application).

Assess where RFID sits on the strategic plans of the business and agree and establish a vision for a possible RFID desired solution.

Make a go/no go decision to pilot.

Xanthus works with you through these and further stages to ensure a successful RFID implementation