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Sustainability in Supply Chain Management (Collection) by Steven M. Leon, Robert Palevich, Peter A. Soyka

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3. The Use of Radio Frequency Identity Tags in Industry

Radio Frequency Identity Tags (RFID) can greatly enhance a company’s performance, but there must exist a definite need for this solution because it is not for all companies. RFID is an additional expense that makes sense only when the gain is greater than the cost of the technology. The expense is found in the purchase of the tags used on each item or each bin location, as well as the infrastructure expense of RFID readers and antennas at each point of read. An additional expense is the required integration of the data recorded by the readers communicating to the main computer through middleware. The cost of the installation depends on the size and complexity of the job. The larger the job, ...

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