RFID for Postal and Courier Services 2011-2021: IDTechEx

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RFID for Postal and Courier Services 2011-2021

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The global market for RFID systems, including tags, in this sector will grow extremely rapidly to be $2.5 billion in 2021It could be much bigger if current efforts to tag individual items gain widespread acceptance. In due course, over one trillion postal items will be tagged yearly, making this the second largest application of RFID in the world after the retail supply chain.
 
Detailed ten year forecasts are given plus a full explanation of the technologies. In detail, there are over 40 new case studies of RFID in action in the postal and courier service in North America, Europe, the Middle East and East Asia. The major breakthroughs that will provide future success are discussed. Postal services ignoring this accelerating change will become uncompetitive and suppliers missing out will regret it.
 
RFID is an idea whose time has come in postal, courier and high volume light logistics. In the past, RFID has been used for little more than the evaluation of postal performance, using tags in a small percentage of letters, and the tracking of a small number of conveyances and vehicles. No longer. From the International Postal Corporation now monitoring mailflow with RFID in over 50 countries to Saudi Post tagging postal boxes, the big innovations are now happening.
 
There is even a postal RFID system that completely automates the whole process of mail delivery from accepting the package to classification and dispatching. It has been successfully tested in Korea this year. Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) demonstrated this RFID system in front of representatives from the Ministry of Information and Technology and private sector representatives.
 
The current postal package unified information system uses barcodes, thus necessitating human effort at every mail center to input mail numbers into the system. This results in inaccuracies during transfer of duties and it delays the mail dispatches. The new RFID system, developed by ETRI of Korea, aims to reduce costs, errors and tedious human intervention. When perfected, it will provide a comprehensive electronic postal system with the potential to maximize mail package process capabilities while minimizing logistics cost. Real-time information automation, impossible with the existing system, is now possible, claims ETRI.
 
It is difficult to estimate when pervasive RFID tagging of most of the courier and letter post will occur but RFID enabled parcels, conveyances, vehicles and trailers are now commonplace, with multiple paybacks often being enjoyed. RFID is enhancing security and safety and removing tedious operations. Swedish Post has a parcel that detects and records tampering using RFID and other innovations abound, including RFID cards controlling driver access to postal vehicles and RFID enabled postal sorting equipment. Little wonder that companies as large as Microsoft have entered the fray. The global potential is illustrated by its decision to offer its first postal systems in Taiwan and elsewhere in East Asia.
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Table of Contents
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
1.INTRODUCTION
1.1.Benefits
1.1.FKILogistex RFID enabled postal storage retrieval machine
1.1.Business drivers for trailer portals
1.2.Option 3 Proposition
1.2.Motorola tunnel at China Post
1.2.Evolution of RFID in postal and courier services
1.2.1.Calculating cross charges
1.2.2.Conveyances and vehicles
1.2.3.Postal boxes
1.2.4.Latest developments
1.2.5.RFID recorded delivery
1.2.6.RFID for orders online
1.2.7.Automatic handling equipment
1.2.8.A world first trial in Korea
1.2.9.RFID at China Post
1.2.10.Experience from a courier service company - TNT Express
1.2.11.RFID for Postal Services in the Middle East
1.2.12.The Global Monitoring System
1.3.Structure of this report
1.3.GMS RFID Gate
1.3.Number of tags sold by application in 2009 and the total tag value
1.4.Tagged mail pieces
1.4.Lessons from the last ten years
1.5.Basic supply chain overview
1.6.System architecture
1.7.RFID Compliance - "Slap & Ship"
1.8.RFID Compliance - Semi-auto "Slap & Ship"
1.9.RFID Compliance - Enhanced Semi-auto "Slap & Ship"
1.10.Exel view of tagging of vehicles and trailers
1.11.Option 1 Proposition
1.12.Asset management proposition
1.13.Number of case studies by tag location from the IDTechEx RFID Knowledgebase
1.14.Number of case studies in the top ten countries from the IDTechEx RFID Knowledgebase
1.15.Number of case studies split by sector, from the IDTechEx RFID Knowledgebase
1.16.Number of case studies split by frequency type, from the IDTechEx RFID Knowledgebase
2.MASS TAGGING OF POSTAL ITEMS AND THE TAGGING OF ASSETS
2.1.EPCglobal influence on standards
2.1.RFID frequency choices
2.1.Summary of Gen2 features
2.2.RFID range versus tag cost
2.2.Choice of frequencies
2.3.The EPC air interface
2.3.RFID Range versus frequency
2.4.RFID enabled supply chain
2.4.Gen2 is a breakthrough for some open RFID systems
2.5.EPC is not confined to UHF
2.5.Standardized EPCIS architecture
2.6.RFID Enabled Asset Management
2.6.Over promising - no ideal frequency for everything
2.6.1.RFID System overview
2.7.RFID enabled asset management
3.DETAILED CASE STUDIES
3.1.Item level
3.1.Principle of automatic mail registrations with RFID
3.1.1.IPC AMQM - the largest RFID network in the world
3.1.2.Correos - Europe's largest UHF EPC project
3.1.3.DHL, temperature monitoring pharmaceuticals, USA
3.1.4.City Link, UK
3.1.5.DHL postal packages, Belgium
3.1.6.China Post, mail bags China
3.1.7.DHL postal packages, Belgium
3.1.8.UPS courier packages USA
3.1.9.FedEx NetReturn/ Intellareturn courier returns USA
3.1.10.DHL Time/temperature recording Belgium
3.1.11.La Poste, measurement of mail flow France
3.1.12.European Commission ParcelCall project, Europe
3.1.13.The Global Monitoring System
3.1.14.Royal Mail, mail flow monitoring, new system UK
3.1.15.Royal Mail, monitoring letters, UK
3.1.16.US Postal Service, mail flow item level, USA
3.1.17.DHL Fashion apparel France
3.1.18.Deutsche Paket Dienst parcels Germany
3.1.19.Home Office, TRI-MEX International Ltd, Nokia and DHL, UK/ Finland
3.2.Post boxes
3.2.Mobile AMQM - equipment and practical use
3.2.1.Saudi Post post box identification Saudi Arabia
3.2.2.La Poste postal box access France
3.3.Conveyances
3.3.Mail pipeline instrumentation
3.3.1.Brinks France transport container access
3.3.2.TNT Express and Thai Customs, overland logistics, Thailand
3.3.3.TNT, Liege Airport, freight tracking, Belgium
3.3.4.UPS tote boxes USA
3.3.5.UPS tote boxes Phase Two USA
3.3.6.UPS shipping tools USA
3.3.7.UPS Reusable container sortation USA
3.3.8.DHL and Nokia, cellphone transit cases UK/Finland
3.3.9.Italian Post Office, mailbags, Italy
3.3.10.Korea Post, pallets, Korea
3.3.11.Taiwan International RFID Applications Show, RFID-tagged badges, Taiwan
3.3.12.Royal Mail, roll cages, UK
3.3.13.Swedish Postal Service, conveyance packs, Sweden
3.3.14.US Postal Service pallets US
3.3.15.UPS mandated pallets and cases USA
3.3.16.UPS mail bags USA
3.4.Vehicles
3.4.CityLink's Wi-Fi deployment
3.4.1.Deutsche Post trucks and swap-bodies Germany
3.4.2.FedEx keyless entry/ignition system, USA
3.4.3.DHL, RFID enabled van, Europe
3.4.4.Parcelforce trailers, UK
3.4.5.UPS trucks USA
3.5.DHL RFID today development model
3.6.One version of item level RFID trialled by DHL.
3.7.Intellareturn Smart Return Services
3.8.The RFID electronic Time Temperature Indicator from KSW Microtec
3.9.La Poste slide 1 - Further information needed
3.10.La Poste slide 2 - Improving transit time with RFID
3.11.La Poste slide 3 - Technical choices
3.12.ParcelCall scenarios
3.13.GMS RFID Gate
3.14.Tagged mail pieces
3.15.Basic supply chain overview
3.16.System architecture
3.17.I.D. Systems tags
3.18.DHL in action
3.19.ASK summary of DHL Fashion trial
3.20.Véronique Delachaux fashion
3.21.NBG tunnel interrogator at DHL Fashion
3.22.NBG roving aisle interrogator at DHL Fashion
3.23.Overview of VIGIK
3.24.The patented VIGIK solution
3.25.VIGIK principles
3.26.VIGIK technical
3.27.VIGIK authorisation
3.28.La Poste distribution
3.29.Banknotes with dye activation. Ink staining versus acid
3.30.The EM Microelectronics active tag
3.31.The overall vision of UPS for RFID - Pilot: Distribution and Fulfilment
3.32.The DHL view of the project - Regional pilot Western Europe
3.33.Nokia and DHL nest technologies to provide real-time product visibility
3.34.Mail Rail
3.35.Cypak logo and stamps
3.36.Cypak/Swedish Post Office package - RFID package that senses time of tampering
3.37.RFID wristbands
3.38.FedEx special delivery
3.39.SAVR and DHL
3.40.Parcelforce Worldwide is the largest parcel carrier in the UK
3.41.The tag is read by road loops (coils buried in the road)
3.42.The driver is automatically directed to the correct loading bay
3.43.UPS trucks in pilot
4.MARKET FORECASTS AND PLAYERS
4.1.Market dynamics
4.1.Phasing of mass adoption of RFID by sector - New opportunities
4.1.Numbers of posted items, conveyances and vehicles used by the postal and courier services in 2010 - an indication of the potential for RFID
4.1.1.Why RFID is now the hot topic in this sector
4.1.2.Leaders and followers
4.2.Postal/courier global market for RFID systems and services, including tags, 2011-2021, in billions of dollars
4.2.The global potential for RFID tags for all applications in yearly numbers 2010-2021
4.2.Market forecasts 2011-2021
4.3.Total RFID Market Growth
4.3.Postal/courier global market for RFID systems and services, including tags, 2011-2021, in billions of dollars
4.3.Number, average cost and total spend on passive tags for postal and courier services 2010-2021
4.3.2.RFID will not be big in China, it will be Huge
4.3.3.Impediments to the growth of RFID markets
4.4.Number, average cost and total spend on active tags for postal and courier services 2010-2021
4.4.Number, average cost and total spend on passive tags for postal and courier services 2010-2021
4.5.Number, average cost and total spend on active tags for postal and courier services 2010-2021
4.5.Number, average cost and total spend on all tags for postal and courier services 2010-2021
4.6.The numbers of postal items delivered globally by year in billions, USPS vs Other, 2011-2021
4.6.Number, average cost and total spend on all tags for postal and courier services 2010-2021
4.7.The numbers of postal items delivered globally by year in billions, USPS vs Other, 2011-2021
4.7.Total RFID Market Projections in US dollar billions 2010-2021
4.8.Milestones 2007-2021
4.8.Total RFID market growth in US$ billion 2010-2021
APPENDIX 1: IDTECHEX RESEARCH AND CONSULTANCY
APPENDIX 2: INTRODUCTION TO RFID
APPENDIX 3: EPCGLOBAL AND THE INTERNET OF THINGS
APPENDIX 4: HF TO LONGER RANGE
TABLES
FIGURES
 

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