Rfid ( Radio Frequency Identification )

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RFID (radio frequency identification) is a new technology that threatens to take the place of bar codes in the supply chain world. The technology uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. This innovation can provide many benefits in logistics and may revolutionize the entire industry. But, even though the technology provides many benefits it also has many drawbacks and may not be developed enough to become industry standard. The technology also may not be beneficial or cost effective for every business and will require a total overhaul of businesses infrastructure, which can be extremely costly. Furthermore, both bar codes and RFID technology have many pros and cons, also industry may not be ready to implement RFID into their infrastructure.

Bar codes are the current industry standard and are used everywhere. Bar codes are very useful within industry and they are also very cheaply produced. They are less expensive then RFID, are extremely reliable, and industry already has the infrastructure in place to support them. Along with the infrastructure businesses already have years of experience using bar codes and have set up systems in which to use them cost effectively. Many also believe that RFID will never be as cost effective. Bar codes can also be set up to not only work as a sorting tool, but also as a tracking tool, such as the MaxiCode and PDF417.

Even though bar codes have many benefits they also have a lot
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