RFID's ability to help apparel companies do more with less in the wake of economic downturn is driving an unprecedented surge in adoption throughout the sector.
According to a new Research Brief from ABI Research, item-level RFID systems have become a key competitive advantage and business process automation differentiator for apparel companies due to their ability to drive increased sales and facilitate significant labor cost reductions by providing improved inventory visibility.
As a result, global sales of item-level RFID systems to apparel companies will essentially triple in size over the next five years, approaching $125m by the end of 2014.
"RFID's use in the apparel sector represents the greatest near-term opportunity for business improvements and fewest impediments to growth in the retail industry," says ABI Research's RFID practice director Michael J. Liard. "A quick, demonstrable ROI and key business metrics for adoption have been clearly established and the results of nearly all evaluations conducted have been compelling. As a result, market activity is brisk and promising, especially among early-adopter specialty apparel retailers."
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