RFID is a growing technology that many trading partners within the General Merchandise and Hardlines sector are beginning to adopt.
Like the barcode, it allows the easy identification of products and traceability throughout the supply chain. However, RFID tags do not require line of sight and do not need to be manually scanned, which can increase the speed of many processes.
Although still in the early phase of adoption in Canada, RFID is a growing capture standard around the world and GS1 supports its use with robust standards.
RFID uses radio waves to read and transmit product information stored on a tag or label (similar to a barcode label).
RFID connects well with existing barcode systems because established identification keys including GTINs can be encoded into RFID tags. This means RFID technology can be interoperable with ECCnet Registry, the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) or Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).
RFID is ideal for processes that require: