Coming to Grips with RFID Requires Practical Application

RFID is poised to make a major impact on the supply chain world. At the same time, many logistics professionals are unsure about how this technology can affect and benefit the way they do business. Questions about RFID's benefits, costs and integration issues can be difficult to answer.

For companies that struggle to understand RFID and how or if it fits into their strategic plans, "Understanding RFID: A Practical Guide for Supply Chain Professionals" by Tompkins Associates provides a first step in coming to grips with the RFID question. In this white paper, you will learn more about:

• Components: From tags, to readers, to standards-understanding the nuts and bolts of RFID.

• Benefits: Where the greatest potential for savings really lies.

• Challenges: The challenges and potential barriers you need to know about.

• Software Applications: Compliance and compatibility with existing systems.

• Next steps: Steps you can take today to evaluate RFID applications.

"Coming to grips with RFID is no simple task; it takes a combination of hard work, a desire to improve operations, an open mind and bit of skepticism," explains Johns Seidl, Tompkins Associates' partner. "Regardless, it's a technology no company can afford to ignore." This doesn't mean that every logistics operation should aggressively pursue RFID applications. Like any emerging technology, there is a proper point in time for an organization to adopt the new tool. The exact timing of this adoption point depends on many variables. An enterprise that moves too quickly or slowly can risk its competitive position.

It's no doubt that RFID will make an impact on supply chains. Just where and how is what remains unclear for many companies. "Understanding RFID: A Practical Guide for Supply Chain Professionals" is an excellent resource to provide a foundation for RFID knowledge for any company that has a desire to improve operations but is skeptical about where or if RFID fits in their strategic plans.

Visit www.tompkinsinc.com/RFID to download your copy .

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