To help retailers and suppliers navigate the possibilities and avoid the pitfalls of implementing RFID, Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA), the retail and technology management consultants, has produced a Best Practice Scoring and Planning Tool, developed in conjunction with Intel, GS1 and leading European retailers and suppliers, including METRO Group and REWE.
Available as a free diagnostic CD, the tool enables companies to benchmark their position against industry best practice and design an RFID implementation roadmap that aligns with industry standards, mitigating risk and accelerating learning.
Until now, many retailers have adopted a pragmatic attitude, waiting for norms and standards to be stable before pushing for adoption, says Tim Robinson, Principal at KSA. With new technology and standards due next year, and several pilots already well underway, there is a high probability that retailers and their suppliers will accelerate the adoption of RFID.
Using this RFID scoring and planning tool will help companies identify the gaps between current capabilities and what they will need to achieve to keep pace with the industry. For many companies implementing RFID appears to be a daunting long-term investment, but the tool will demonstrate how to create business value in the short term.
The tool covers six key areas which should be examined to ensure that any deployment creates business value and maintains competitiveness. These are: RFID strategy, use of RFID in the supply chain, use of RFID in consumer management, RFID technology, systems integration and change management within the business.
To further assist companies in generating business benefit from RFID, KSA has developed an Intelligent Product Flow Accelerator programme designed to speed up implementation.