Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
Few concepts within the corrugated industry have created as much interest as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) did in 2004. Wal-Mart’s 2003 request that its top 100 suppliers work to support RFID-compliance, on the pallet and case level, by Jan. 1, 2005, prompted corrugated manufacturers into action, as Wal-Mart suppliers looked to them to assist in RFID evaluations.
RFID Task Group
The FBA Board of Directors put together an RFID Task Group to tackle current issues. The group is currently in a stand-by mode until further action is necessary.
While working as an active committee, the Task Group set main objectives of what and what not to achieve.
RFID Task Group did:
- Gather appropriate information on RFID and disseminate it to our members.
- Look into a box plant assessment study to evaluate the economic value in box plants of producing RFID-enabled products.
- Look at the impact on recyclability of RFID-enabled products.
RFID Task Group did not:
- Develop a primer on RFID.
- Circumvent the time / effort of other companies and / or industries by handing out an all-encompassing answer.
- Do research and development, or creating specifications.
Click here to read the minutes from past RFID Task Group meetings and agendas for future meetings
Forrester Box Plant Study
Click here for the Retailer RFID Deployment article