Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
RFID refers to a wireless system comprised of two components: tags and readers. The reader is a device that has one or more antennas that emit radio waves and receive signals back from the RFID tag. Active RFID tags are powered by batteries.
RFID is a growing technology that many trading partners within the General Merchandise and Hardlines sector are beginning to adopt. Like the barcode, RFID 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.