More retailers are initiating RFID pilots to track in-store item sales, according to a study recently released by the Voluntary Interindustry Commerce Standards Association (VICS). The report, titled “RFID Nears A Tipping Point,” features responses from North American retailers and suppliers that confirm item-level adoption of RFID is gaining traction. “Chain-wide, item-level RFID rollouts by some of North America’s largest retailers indicate that this technology may soon be broadly adopted by the industry,” said Joseph Andraski, President and CEO of VICS. “Even businesses that make relatively small investments are reaping benefits ranging from reduced out-of-stocks, increased sales, improved product distribution, access to more customer insights, and reduced theft and labor costs.” Item-level RFID is designed to offer early adopters better accuracy, visibility and insight to inventory, enabling them to improve in-stock positions and increase sales. According to a VICS press release, the cost of RFID tags has decreased and will continue to fall over the next three to five years as apparel and footwear retailers adopt the technology.
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