Instead of sitting and waiting to see what others do with RFID, let’s talk about what you can do right now to get ahead of, or perhaps catch up to, your competition, customers, and regulatory bodies.
They aren’t going to wait for you to figure things out. If you’re still relying on barcode-based systems or perhaps don't have any automated data capture, you’re going to find yourself needing to about RFID in a hurry.
RFID technology may be “new” in the sense that its commercialisation is just now occurring on a similar trajectory that barcode technology did in the 1970s, but it’s far from nascent.
Zebra started collaborating with Texas Instruments on high-frequency RFID technology in the early 1990s, and our first RFID printers and rugged handheld computers hit the market in the early 2000s. In fact, as of 2021, companies around the world had bought over 100 billion RAIN RFID tags, and full-scale deployments are becoming more prolific in manufacturing, retail, healthcare and supply chain environments by the day.
But as RFID becomes a more urgent investment – and as structurally essential to operations as the barcode – many companies are realizing that they don’t quite know where to start with RFID. Is yours one of them?
So, here’s what you need to do to set yourself up for success, no matter what’s driving you to embrace RFID technology: