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RFID - The Next Wave

Some say that RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is in the process of revolutionizing supply chain management. They equate this trend to the impact that the Internet has had and is continuing to have in connecting with the factory floor. APA style in a 2 1/2, paper not including references, citations a plus.
answer the following questions:

-Why is RFID viewed by many to be the most important technological innovation taking place in supply chain management today?

-Why do most people view RFID technology as a major step beyond bar coding when it comes to logistics?

-What are the major obstacles that need to be addressed in order to encourage more firms to adopt RFID technology at this time?

-is globalization of supply chains hindering or encouraging the adoption of RFID technology? (Explain)

Reading:

Attaran, Mohsen (2009 Mar) Keeping the Promise of Efficiency, Industrial Engineer, Norcross, Vol. 41, Iss. 3, pg. 45, 5 pgs.

Mehrjerdi, Yahia Zare (2008) RFID - Enabled Systems: A Brief Review, Assembly Automation, Bedford, Vol.28, Iss. 3; pg. 235

Hoffman, William (2008 Sep 8)Wave of the Future, Journal of Commerce, New York

Anonymous, (2009 Jun 20) RFID Gains Ground on Barcode Systems, The Bangkok Post, Bankok

Byrne, Patrick M. (2004, September). RFID: Not just for Wal-Mart anymore. Logistics Management (2002) Vol. 43, Iss. 9; p. 31 (2 pages)

Focus on the work demonstrating an understanding of the importance of inventory management to an organization. The discussion should display a level of depth in understanding the tools that logisticians can use to monitor, track, and predict inventory needs. The discussion should demonstrate knowledge of the role RFID technology plays in inventory management along with an appreciation and sensitivity for the implementation challenges organizations face when adopting new technology.

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RFID - The Next Wave

Some say that RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is in the process of revolutionizing supply chain management. They equate this trend to the impact that the Internet has had and is continuing to have in connecting with the factory floor. APA style in a 2 1/2, paper not including references, citations a plus.
answer the following questions:

-Why is RFID viewed by many to be the most important technological innovation taking place in supply chain management today?
RFID is viewed by many to be the most important technological innovation taking place in supply chain management today. The reason for this is that RFID tags can be placed on products, product packing, cartons, boxes, or containers and it becomes possible to track the object bearing the RFID tag through scanners or through RFID readers. The RFID tags emit radio frequency waves that enable an exchange of data between the reader and electronic tag. When the RFID technology is used there are several advantages for the supply chain. The buyer is able to track the location of a particular package or of the entire consignment. If required the transportation process can be speeded up to ensure that a stock out does not take place or the packages can be combined into a bulk to ensure the most economical transportation. This speeding up or slowing up of the transportation enables ...

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