Title: Is the RFID technology ready to integrate supply chain activities?

Authors: H.K. Chan, Felix T.S. Chan

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Hong Kong, 8/F Haking Wong Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong. ' Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, University of Hong Kong, 8/F Haking Wong Building, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong

Abstract: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is not a new technology and has been introduced for military applications for a long time. Nevertheless, it has been recognised as a device that may soon change the mode of operations throughout the supply chain. There is no question that the technology will reduce labour and improve accuracy in inventory management by improving inventory visibility. However, a review of recent research and the development of RFID technology in supply chain related applications indicated that deployment of the technology are restricted to the mandates of some giant players in the industries. It is still unclear that how return on investment of RFID-based projects could be justified. This paper aims to present a review of the technology and some recent development of RFID in relation to supply chain applications. Future research direction is then suggested.

Keywords: radio frequency identification; RFID; supply chain management; SCM; logistics; data collection; supply chain integration; inventory management; investment justification.

DOI: 10.1504/IJENM.2008.015979

International Journal of Enterprise Network Management, 2008 Vol.2 No.1, pp.72 - 83

Published online: 02 Dec 2007 *

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