RFID readers

RFID readers for smarter stock-taking and supply chains

Gain control of your operations with easy-to-use RFID readers that help you identify, track and store your inventory. You’ll get reliable, accurate reads, even in harsh or sensitive environments.

An RFID reader is a hand-held or stationary device that uses radio-frequency waves to wirelessly transfer data between itself and an RFID tag.

RFID readers can identify objects – packages, SKUs, serialized items – quickly, accurately and inexpensively at different points of the object’s journey through the supply chain. Store employees will be thankful to say good-bye to manual stock-taking. With RFID readers, they can read and identify several hundred items in just one second, with significantly higher accuracy than bar codes.

Different RFID readers meet different needs

We partner with leading suppliers to bring you the right RFID reader for your business. Or, we can create a custom reader solution. From warehouse to shop floor, we help you deliver accurate and reliable reads in nearly any environment.

Types of RFID reader infrastructure

We can provide you with RFID readers in many shapes and sizes: handheld, store gate, truck gate, cabinet, forklift, station and tunnel.

Where and how to use RFID readers

At the warehouse…

  • An RFID gate auto registers which RFID-tagged items enter a warehouse at inbound and exit at outbound
  • Readers scan box contents containing RFID-tagged items, useful in receiving and picking
  • Handheld RFID readers (or even by drone) perform cycle counts of items in floor storage
  • Forklifts with RFID scanners enable sensing of pick and put-away locations, acting as quality controls
  • Readers on shelves sense which RFID-tagged items are placed on the shelves
  • Readers in pack stations verify package contents and pack completion, and warn if line items are missing
  • Readers in the ceiling identify items in the dispatch area, and lights guide workers to correct boxes
  • An RFID reader gate verifies that correct RFID-tagged packages are loaded onto the truck, avoiding incorrect shipments

In transit…

  • Smart containers with RFID readers at the door register which RFID-tagged items enter and leave the container
  • Readers in trunk of van keep automated inventory count and track tagged equipment

And in store…

  • With a single pass of the reader, employees scan hundreds of items at once. This dramatically reduces stock-taking time so they can focus more on interacting with customers.

Key benefits and end uses

Key benefits

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    Automate inventory processes and increase inventory productivity

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    Fit-for-function readers from leading suppliers, handheld and stationary

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    Eliminate manual stock-taking or inefficient barcode reads and associated costs

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    Take inventory extremely quickly without disturbing operations

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    Less need for error detection and solving

End-use areas and applications

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    Receiving and shipping

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    Inventory management

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    Intelligent VMI

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    Intelligent shelves and cabinets

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    Omnichannel marketing programmes