RFID-Enabled Inventory Control Optimization: A Proof of Concept in a Small-to-Medium Retailer

Date Added: Sep 2009
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This study examines the impact of Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology on the inventory control practices of a small-to-medium retailer using a Proof of Concept (PoC) approach. The exploratory study was conducted using a single case study of a hardware retailer stocking 5000 product lines provided by 110 active suppliers. To analyze the present mode of operation, procedural documents, semi-structured interviews and a participant observation was conducted. The basis for the proof of concept was a future mode of operation using a quasi-experimental design. Results indicate that in a small-to-medium retail environment, RFID technology could act as a loss prevention mechanism, an enabler for locating misplaced stock, and make a significant contribution to the overall improvement of the delivery process.