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

  • 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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