RFID Strategic Implementation and ROI

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A Practical Roadmap to Success
By Charles C. Poirier & Duncan McCollum
Hardcover, 6 x 9, 248 pages
ISBN: 978-1-932159-47-9
March 2006

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is one of the most talked about emerging technologies in business today. But is it a temporary fad or an unstoppable business improvement process? Because organizations such as Wal-Mart and the US Department of Defense (DoD) have endorsed RFID and are requiring key suppliers to be compliant as early as 2005, many businesses are currently in the process of evaluating and testing this new technology. As these actions play out, the list of promises and problems continue to grow as does the need to better understand what RFID is all about.

RFID Strategic Implementation and ROI will help the reader comprehend the basics of RFID, the fundamental technology and components, the potential applications and business issues, and the marketplace forces at work in front of and behind the scenes. It will explain the links with supply chain management and develop an outline of costs and benefits. The authors demystify the issues and present a clear roadmap for implementation and adoption by manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and suppliers.

Key Features

  • llustrates how to set up an RFID pilot system to determine actual costs and benefits
  • Describes how current marketplace forces, from mandates to standards development, should be evaluated and incorporated into a strategic roadmap of RFID execution
  • Provides up-to-the-minute insights into the thinking of market leaders through the use of case studies and interviews
  • Shows where the technology is evolving and what that evolution will mean to business leaders in terms of costs and benefits
  • Gives the reader a step-by-step roadmap for implementation and success

About the author(s)

Chuck Poirier is a recognized authority on supply chain management, e-business techniques, and the collaborative use of technology around the world. He has written ten business books, six of which have been related to improving supply chain processing including The Networked Supply Chain and Business Process Management Applied.

Duncan McCollum has a strong consulting background, including considerable experience with the evaluation, implementation and deployment of RFID technology, including business case development to meet the Wal-Mart and US Department of Defense mandates for their suppliers.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Fundamentals of RFID Technology and Applications
Chapter 2: Market Forces Driving and Obstructing Adoption of RFID
Chapter 3: RFID in Supply Chain Applications — Investments and Benefits
Chapter 4: RFID Strategy and Implications for a Business
Chapter 5: RFID in Security Applications
Chapter 6: RFID in the Defense Sector — Mandates and Reality
Chapter 7: RFID in the Retail Sector — Where Goes the Cost?
Chapter 8: RFID in Other Sectors — Technology Acceptance or Rejection
Chapter 9: Building the RFID Business Case for Execution
Chapter 10: Constructing a Productive RFID Pilot — Determining the Realities
Chapter 11: Next Steps Forward