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RFID Retail Case Studies

Thirty detailed RFID case studies in retail

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Thirty Case Studies of RFID in Retail
RFID was invented sixty years ago and yet only 1.5 billion RFID tags have been sold, only a few percent being in retail or its supply chains. However, in the last year, retailers such as Wal-Mart and Albertsons in the US, Metro in Germany and Carrefour in France have become so convinced that tagging incoming pallets and cases will substantially reduce their costs and improve their service to customers that they have mandated that suppliers fit them. Suddenly the number of companies in retail supply that are fitting RFID has jumped by several hundreds for the blunt reason that they will cease to be suppliers if they do not obey the orders to do so. As a result, more RFID tags will be sold in 2005 than in the precious sixty years and Procter & Gamble see 40 billion a year being sold before 2010 just for pallets, cases and delivery vehicles.
In parallel with this, many suppliers are now fitting RFID to incoming components at their factories and outgoing multipacks and so on to improve manufacturing and logistics efficiency, food traceability etc. In addition, certain retailers and suppliers are starting to fit RFID at item level to increase sales and/ or reduce costs. Indeed, Wal-Mart has mandated it at item level for top suppliers of Type 2 (Narcotic) drugs. No surprise then that the IDTechEx RFID Knowledgebase at around 1000 case studies and rising rapidly, now has over 20% of them in retail and its supply chains.
Basis of this report
This new IDTechEx report introduces the subject of RFID in retailing and its supply chains. It then presents thirty particularly detailed case studies in this sector from the USA and Japan to Botswana and across Europe. It covers the tagging of parts and finished products such as books, razors, computer printers and the rapid adoption of RFID in apparel and the paybacks resulting. The tagging of transit cases, pallets and even supermarket trolleys are covered. Futuristic projects are also included, some aimed at the supermarket of the future and in receipt of considerable financial, government and industrial backing. Failures as well as successes are openly reported, so lessons can be learned and many participants give their frank opinions. For those wishing to study RFID in retailing there can be no better introduction to the subject. The report ends with an extensive glossary explaining the jargon and acronyms in the RFID industry.
30 Case Studies
1. Marks & Spencer: apparel item level retailing
2. Marks & Spencer: food retail conveyances
3. Benetton
4. C&A
5. CD-Linja
6. foodSafe International
7. Figleaves
8. Gillette
9. Goldwin Sportswear
10. Hewlett-Packard
11. J Crew
12. McDonald's
13. Metro AG: demonstration centre
14. Metro Future Store
15. Movie Gallery
17. Pacific Cycle
18. Prada
19. Safeway Supermarkets
20. The Gap
21. Unilever and Safeway
22. Wal-Mart: type 2 drugs at item level
23. Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble Max Factor
24. Wincor Nixdorf
25. Maruetsu
26. Tesco
27. Japanese clothing retailers
28. Japanese booksellers and publishers
29. Wal-Mart: trial in seven Dallas stores
30. Campofrio
Table of Contents
Background to this report
Why RFID in retail and its supply chains is a hot topic
Basis of this report
RFID in retail and its supply chain
Many challenges where RFID can help
Cost savings can be considerable
Trials reveal other benefits
Major brands and retailers become heavily involved
Privacy issues
Long term potential
Maruetsu: retail, item level, Japan
Japanese clothing retailers: apparel tracking, Japan
Booksellers and publishers: Japan
Hewlett-Packard: pallets, cases, item level, outsourced USA, Taiwan
J Crew: apparel, item level, USA
McDonald's: cashless payment systems, USA
Movie Gallery: video rental, item level, USA
Pacific Cycle: bicycles /recreational, item level, USA
Prada: apparel retail, item level, USA
The Gap: apparel retail, item level, USA
Wal-Mart: trial in seven Dallas stores, USA
Wal-Mart: type 2 drugs at item level, USA
Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble Max Factor: item level, USA
Gillette: razors item level, pallets, cases, USA and Europe
Marks & Spencer: apparel etc item level retailing, UK
Marks & Spencer: food retail conveyances, UK
Figleaves: apparel, UK
Safeway Supermarkets: tracking trolleys, UK
Unilever and Safeway: deodorant, item level, UK
Tesco: DVDs item level, UK
Benetton: cases and item level apparel, Italy
Goldwin Sportswear: apparel item level, Italy
C&A: sorter plant - item level, Germany
Metro AG: demonstration centre, Neuss, Germany
Metro Future Store: pallets, cases, item level retail, Germany
Wincor Nixdorf: Future Lab project, item level, Germany
CD-Linja: CD multipacks and pallets, Finland
MyGROCER: item level etc, Greece, Belgium, Finland
Campofrio: meat, item level, Spain
foodSafe International: fruit and vegetable tracking, Botswana
Further information
If you have any questions about this report, please do not hesitate to contact our report team at Research@IDTechEx.com or call Clare on +44 (0) 1223 813 703 if you are based in EMEA or Raoul on +1 617 577 7890 if you are based in the Americas, ROW or Spain.

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