RFID Seen as Promising, But No "Silver Bullet" for Pharma Industry

Even as implementations continue apace, adoption challenges remain and companies still struggle to find ROI in radio frequency identification


Even as implementations continue apace, adoption challenges remain and companies still struggle to find ROI in radio frequency identification











  • Evaluating whether RFID will solely be used for outbound compliance or if it will become a part of the overall enterprise operation;


  • Determining the RFID "friendliness" of their products — for example, evaluating performance in the presence or water, metal, RF interference, etc.; transponder form factor design; and tagged object properties (i.e., packaging materials, contents, etc.);


  • Identifying at which points in the manufacturing and distribution flow tags should be applied (and read);


  • Selecting the best physical location for the tag on the pallet, case, and/or item (placement and orientation);


  • Deciding how the RFID system should interface with existing host systems such as automatic identification and data collection (AIDC), enterprise resource planning (ERP) and supply chain execution (SCE) systems;


  • Selecting the best technology and partner(s) based on specific application requirements; and,


  • Managing and leveraging the influx of real-time RFID data effectively to improve business processes.





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