Interested in tagging your products with Electronic Product Code (EPC)-enabled Radio Frequency Identification tags, or have you been asked to do so by a trading partner? Here's a step-by-step outline on implementing RFID right the first time.

 
Understand Business Drivers
Understand the Business Drivers

Understanding the business objectives driving the use of RFID as well as trading partner requirements will make it easier to turn your plan into action.

 
Build Your Team
Build Your Team

EPC-enabled RFID technology touches multiple functions within your organization. Make sure you bring together a cross-functional team for the best result.

 
Tag Your Product
Tag Your Product

Once steps 1 & 2 are complete, you'll need to make decisions regarding the overall strategy, product(s) you want to tag, the environment, and tag placement.

 
Manage the Unique ID
Manage the Unique ID

Assigning unique identifiers to products helps drive the value of RFID technology deployments. For an identifier to describe a specific instance of a Global Trade Item Number® (GTIN®), a unique serial number is required to distinguish one product instance from all other instances of the same product.

 
Define and Purchase Equipment
Define and Purchase Equipment/Secure Services

Consider the way you are currently doing business and if any of your vendors have RFID capabilities. This is key to specifying and buying your tags, printers, encoders, readers, and software.

 
Don't Forget!

RFID is not a one-and-done technology implementation. You need to continually gather feedback, improve supplier scorecarding, and plan for expansion and growth.


 

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