Challenges to global RFID adoption

N. C. Wu, M. A. Nystrom, Tr Lin, H. C. Yu*

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Because of its potential to revolutionize global supply chain management (SCM) systems, ultra high-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID) was recently the cause of much optimism. Wal-Mart mandated its top 100 suppliers to begin using RFID on 1 January 2005; this day was viewed as a watershed day in the industry. However, that date has come and gone, and the expected rapid industry adoption of RFID has not taken place. This paper explores the existing challenges and obstacles to RFID's quick adoption, the potential resolutions and approaches to the challenges, and the migration strategies to expand the RFID industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1317-1323
Number of pages7
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006


  • Industry analysis
  • Radio frequency identification (RFID)
  • Supply chain management (SCM)

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