RFID in the warehouse: a literature analysis (1995-2010) of its applications, benefits, challenges and future trends

Ming K. Lim, Witold Bahr, Stephen C.H. Leung

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has been identified as a crucial technology for the modern 21st century knowledge-based economy. Some businesses have realised benefits of RFID adoption through improvements in operational efficiency, additional cost savings, and opportunities for higher revenues. RFID research in warehousing operations has been less prominent than in other application domains. To investigate how RFID technology has had an impact in warehousing, a comprehensive analysis of research findings available from articles through leading scientific article databases has been conducted. Articles from years 1995 to 2010 have been reviewed and analysed with respect to warehouse operations, RFID application domains, benefits achieved and obstacles encountered. Four discussion topics are presented covering RFID in warehousing focusing on its applications, perceived benefits, obstacles to its adoption and future trends. This is aimed at elucidating the current state of RFID in the warehouse and providing insights for researchers to establish new research agendas and for practitioners to consider and assess the adoption of RFID in warehousing functions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)409-430
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Production Economics
Issue number1
Early online date24 May 2013
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in International Journal of Production Economics. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in International Journal of Production Economics, 145, (2013)
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2013.05.006

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UK Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EP/H048936/1)


  • RFID
  • warehouse oprations


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