Abstract

Aly M Owida
Analytical Hierarchy Process for Selection of RFID System: An Application in Retail Supply Chains
Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is assumed to be a key technology for the retail sector and logistic operations. Mandatory RFID tagging decrees by Wal-Mart and other European companies such as Metro and Tesco, has lead to rapid development of RFID and caused similar companies to consider adopting the technology. Selection of the most suitable RFID system rapidly and correctly before implementation is a major issue due to the various Selection criteria and factors involved where, a typical RFID system consists of radio frequency tags, readers, application software, computing hardware, and middleware. This system structure is determined according to factors such as required quantity of tags, conditions in the area of application, memory, range, and capabilities of the system in addition to, cost, policy, and security factors. To complicate matters further, a number of vendors, supplying complete partial RFID solutions, are available to choose from. Therefore, there is a need to Select the most appropriate system that match the application according to a predetermined set of criteria. This paper presents a multi criteria decision making approach for Selecting the most suitable RFID system using analytical hierarchy process approach (AHP) in order to reach the highest possible benefits from the implementation of this system in retail supply chains.