RFID tag does not require a line of sight for scanning. Long range RFID readers can read all RFID tags at the same time and don’t need to scan each RFID sticker on item. For example, In conveyor-based operations, those boxes have to be oriented a certain way on the belt so that the barcode label can be scanned. But RFID tags can be read from any orientation, it can speed up the scanning process and reduce the labor associated with repositioning boxes for scanning. Also, wide range readers can read multiple tags at the same time, so an entire pallet-load of items can be scanned simultaneously.
RFID tags for inventory can reduce labor costs. Labor can account for 50% to 80% of costs in a distribution center. With RFID readers and RFID tags, inventory check-in, regularly inventory counts, picking/pack times, and shipment verification can all be done in seconds or minutes. Processes that used to require multiple employees to complete can be handled automatically with a few scans, now it can be finished in seconds.
RFID tag also improves visibility of inventory by providing real-time updates and faster scanning. With long range RFID readers placed at each portal or doorway, you can know exactly when inventory enters or leaves a location; whatever employees move an item anywhere, it will not affect data accuracy. That RFID tag can also improve the tracking of returns or recalled items by providing real-time updates as the goods re-enter the facility.
For companies that use returnable containers or pallets, RFID tag uses to track those items across the supply chain, optimize asset inventory, and reduce loss or theft. Returnable containers can represent millions of dollars in capital investments, so RFID tag for inventory management is the best way to reduce those expenses.