It was the publisher’s idea that I write RFID in the Supply Chain: A Guide to Selection and Implementation . Not only am I editor of Enterprise Integration System, Second Edition Handbook and author of The Complete Book of Middleware, I also had some innovative business process and project management ideas on improving the effectiveness of integrating enterprise systems with information on product traceability, the scope of which has been widened by the RFID technology mandates. In this book I applied them to both passive and active RFID technology in the supply chain.
This book starts with a discussion on the major paradigm shift in product traceability, which began with transitioning to RFID technology from barcode technology. This shift has contributed to the ability of the RFID technology to resolve tracking problems in a more effective and faster way, and has resulted in significant economic, operational, technological, and logistical impacts on supply chain infrastructures. It moves on to the discussion of economic feasibility of rolling out RFID with a focus on supply chain synchronization, customer privacy issues, security challenges, operational and IT challenges, logistical challenges, program management challenges, education and training, standard implementation challenges, and what lessons have been learned.
Helping readers bring their organizations into the future, this book explains RFID technology, its applications, data storage and retrieval, business processes, operational and implementation problems, risks, security and privacy, facility layout, handling systems and methods, and transportation costs. The book's soup-to-nuts coverage ensures that RFID implementation's are is successful and cost effective. The book includes selection guidelines and implementation examples, discusses the implementation of a business process model, and highlights the separate but equal concerns that business and IT executives have about the implementation of RFID applications.