Forecasts of European RFID, tag and reader use; growth in the value of global RFID in the apparel market; and a comparison of total worldwide RFID turnover predictions all help set the scene for likely changes in RFID uptake over the next decade.

Forecast of European RFID use 2007 - 20222007 2012 2017 2022
Total number of tagspurchased annually (in Millions)
144 3.22 22.4 86.7
Total number of locationswith RFID readers
2.75 30.71 144 453
Total number of RFIDreaders deployed
7.63 176.28 1.161.800 6.268.500

(Credit: BRIDGE, LogicaCMG)

  RFID company user survey: projected European tag use

RFID company user survey: projected European tag use (Credit: BRIDGE, LogicaCMG)

RFID company user survey: projected European reader use

RFID company user survey: projected European reader use (Credit: BRIDGE, LogicaCMG)

RFID company user survey: projection of objects tagged

RFID company user survey: projection of objects tagged (Credit: BRIDGE, LogicaCMG) 

Growth in value of global RFID apparel market 2010-2021:
"The value of the tags alone for Apparel RFID was $36 million in 2010
and this will rise to $240 million in 2015. In 2021 we forecast the tag
value for the Apparel RFID market to be $1 billion."
(Credit: IDTechEx) 

Share of Sales with RFID Products  - projection to 2013
(Credit: RACE Network RFID)

Total Global Turnover predictions

Comparison of total global RFID turnover predictions (Credit: RACE Network RFID)

PRICE TREND OF passive RFID Tags

(Credit: Race Network RFID)

American Apparel RFID case study: the results

  • RFID-enabled stores enjoyed a 14.3% sales upsurge versus comparable non-RFID stores
  • Labor reductions of 20–30% in RFID-enabled stores
  • 99% visibility of store inventory has facilitated inventory reductions of up to 15%
  • 99% stock availability has reduced the need for sales staff to spend time searching for misplaced items
  • If sales floor inventory counts are in question, an RFID-enabled store can reset the count in less than three hours

 (Credit: American Apparel/Avery Dennison)