So far, there hasn't been any clear documented case of ROI from a company that deployed RFID technology across its supply chain.
The cost of RFID technology depends on which method you choose to implement in your supply chain. For those who just want to meet RFID compliance, the price tag will be cheaper. Of course, the total cost increases for suppliers who wish to further invest in the technology's capabilities—cleaning and analyzing all the data that will be stored in the RFID chips, for example.
One estimate from Wal-Mart put the cost of RFID implementation at $50,000 to $100,000 per location for the software alone. A study from Forrester Research put the price tag at $9 million for a typical supplier. And yet a 2004 study from Yankee Group estimated $40 million to enable the technology through a manufacturer's supply chain.
Still, is it possible to get ROI for RFID? Tom Pisello, CEO and founder of Alinean, explains here:
Does RFID equal ROI?
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