RFID tips: How a small chip improves e-commerce, logistics and transport
The use of RFID technology is slowly getting more widespread in the e-commerce, logistics and transport industry. But there is absolutely no reason to hesitate with implementing RFID in your business, as the list of benefits from using RFID is long.
RFID means Radio Frequency Identification and is the use of wireless signals to transfer data between a microchip and a reading device, which makes it possible to identify and trace objects. In daily life you see RFID technology in pets that have a microchip in their neck that allows you to locate if the pet has gone missing, or when you drive by a tollbooth and the device in the windshield of your car is registered and you pay automatically.
This way of automatically transferring data when scanning a RFID tag is extremely useful when handling goods and shipments, why RFID technology is valuable to the e-commerce, logistics and transport industry. You might be wondering, but why use RFID tags instead of conventional barcodes? Here is why:
RFID tags can:
- store far more information.
- be read remotely at distances of several meters.
- can be read in bulks, enabling an entire pallet-load of RFID tagged products to be read all at once.
- be given unique identification codes, so that individual products can be tracked.
- be overwritten, enabling information about items to be updated, e.g. when they are moved from one part of a warehouse to another.
In practice implementing RFID technology requires RFID tags and RFID scanners. RFID tags are typically encapsulated in plastic, paper or similar material, and placed on a product or its packaging or freight label, or even to a pallet or container. A RFID scanner that reads the RFID tags can be placed at the warehouse and used when receiving goods, when moving goods from one location to another at the warehouse or when goods are leaving the warehouse to be loaded on trucks. In addition, trucks can have a RFID scanner attached inside next to the lift which registers when parcels are on- and offloaded.