Item-level RFID for Grocery Stores

If you’re tired of long lines at the grocery store, then you’re in luck—item-level RFID could be coming to a grocer near you. Let’s take a look at how item-level RFID would benefit grocery stores.

Theft Prevention
Using item-level RFID at grocery stores would prevent a lot of theft. In 2011, the NRSS reported that the average theft rate was 2.54%. Of that, 44% was internal theft and 33.3% was shoplifting. By using item-level RFID, products would be tagged with passive UHF RFID tags and all exits would be armed with RFID readers. If an item passed through the RFID readers before being paid for, an alarm could sound, preventing theft.

Freshness
Keeping groceries fresh is essential to the success of the store. By using item-level RFID, goods would be automatically scanned at the loading dock by an RFID reader, ensuring products are brought out in the proper order, according to expiration date.

Check-out
Perhaps most exciting for consumers is automated checkouts. Item-level RFID would allow all grocery items to be scanned in seconds. Store clerks would not have to scan item-by-item and could have more time to assist customers.

Replenishment
Item-level RFID in grocery stores would allow for “smart shelves” that use RFID readers to notify staff when a product needs to be replaced. In addition, the system would warn workers if an item was misplaced on the wrong shelf.

Learn more about how item-level RFID could help grocers be more efficient and improve customer satisfaction.