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A comparison of barcoding and RFID technologies in practice

White, Gareth; Gardiner, Georgina; Prabhakar, Guru Prakash; Abd Razak, Azley


Gareth White

Georgina Gardiner

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Azley Abd Razak
Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Enterprise


This research paper highlights inconsistencies in the way Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is compared to existing barcoding technology and the lack of empirical evidence to support one’s superiority over the other. Reference is drawn to the way in which RFID and barcoding tech- nologies are represented in the literature. Time and motion studies were conducted in a distribution company’s chilled warehouse where RFID technology had already been trialled and implemented on recyclable refrigerated food trays and in operation alongside barcoding systems. Attention was given to recording the number and nature of errors that each technology exhibited. This paper concludes that while RFID can deliver improved operational performance over tradi- tional barcode systems, it is found to be less reliable in implementation. Hybrid systems may offer operational benefits over single-technology systems, but the cost of their complexity still needs to be examined.


White, G., Gardiner, G., Prabhakar, G. P., & Abd Razak, A. (2007). A comparison of barcoding and RFID technologies in practice. Journal of Information, Information Technology, and Organizations, 2, 119-132

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2007
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2010
Journal Journal of Information, Information Technology and Organizations
Print ISSN 1557-1319
Publisher Informing Science Institute
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 2
Pages 119-132
Keywords barcode, RFID, warehouse, comparison
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