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D3.7 A Structured Collection on Information and Literature on Technological and Usability Aspects of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)

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Tracking of goods and RFID in retail


Passive RFID tags are increasingly used for tracking goods. Integrated solutions for supply chain management (SCM) are available. In many cases in this context the Electronic Product Code (EPC) is used to tag palettes or items. Examples are: 

  • Tracking of goods in retail; in this context also smart shelves to locate and automatically order goods are used. In additional after sales services such as easier access to service without the original receipt of purchase basing on RFID are offered to the customers (see for example the Metro Case, Hildebrandt, Meints 2006: 21). RFID tags also can be used for theft prevention (Garfinkel, Rosenberg 2006: 384). 

  • Tracking of goods with the need for increased quality and security measures during the lifecycle, for example pharmaceuticals (see for example Garfinkel, Rosenberg 2006: 201). Management of perishable goods (such as milk) and recalls of faulty goods can be improved. 

  • Tracking of books in libraries (see for example Garfinkel, Rosenberg 2006: 229) 

  • Tagging of equipment and medicine in the healthcare sector (e.g. hospitals) to prevent theft and error in medication (see for example Garfinkel, Rosenberg 2006: 211) 






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