Analysis and Comparison of the Potential of RFID-technology in US and European retail supply chains

Stefan Hofmayr

Publication: Working/Discussion PaperWU Working Paper


This thesis presents an analysis of the potential of RFID-technology with a special focus on implementations at retailers. By analysing the RFID-roll outs of Wal-Mart and Metro the thesis outlines the necessary characteristics of a retail supply chain to successfully implement RFID. The changes in a retail supply chain as a consequence of an RFIDimplementation are summarized and a detailed comparison with the two case studies is given. It shows that Wal-Mart's and Metro's supply chain correlate to a great extent with the typology beneficial to a successful RFID-implementation. Nevertheless, a conclusion on the success or failure of the roll-outs can not be drawn yet. Future developments will very much be dependent on the widespread implementation of RFID in other companies and industries and on the acceptance by the public. (author's abstract)
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationVienna
PublisherInstitut für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik, WU Vienna University of Economics and Business
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Publication series

NameSchriftenreihe des Instituts für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik - Logistik

WU Working Paper Series

  • Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Transportwirtschaft und Logistik - Logistik

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