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RFID Reader Infrastructure Comes in Many Flavors

Retailers have many choices when it comes to RFID reader infrastructure, from handhelds, fixed, POS, overhead and more.

Once a retailer decides on a compelling use case, he or she will select a solution provider and solution components, which includes RFID tags, readers and software. There are many important decision points for both tags and software. For example, the decision on tags includes whether to use a paper tag vs. a hard tag (which may be integrated with an EAS tag) vs. a sewn in tag. Choosing the right software application requires an evaluation of many other factors - functional footprint, integration capabilities, user experience/ease-of-use, cloud vs. on-premise, and so forth.

While these are vital system solution components, it is just as critical to select the appropriate reader infrastructure. The choice of readers is a foundational decision, impacting business processes (such as how inventory is taken), costs, performance, flexibility, the types of benefits you can achieve, and how quickly you can achieve those benefits. There are a variety of choices when it comes to the reader infrastructure.

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Once a retailer decides on a compelling use case, he or she will select a solution provider and solution components, which includes RFID tags, readers and software. There are many important decision points for both tags and software. For example, the decision on tags includes whether to use a paper tag vs. a hard tag (which may be integrated with an EAS tag) vs. a sewn in tag. Choosing the right software application requires an evaluation of many other factors - functional footprint, integration capabilities, user experience/ease-of-use, cloud vs. on-premise, and so forth.

While these are vital system solution components, it is just as critical to select the appropriate reader infrastructure. The choice of readers is a foundational decision, impacting business processes (such as how inventory is taken), costs, performance, flexibility, the types of benefits you can achieve, and how quickly you can achieve those benefits. There are a variety of choices when it comes to the reader infrastructure.

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