I’m still mostly undecided on my Christmas list this year. I know time is running out to get my carefully-crafted missive off to the North Pole. But RFID is so popular in 2016 that the options are endless.
Flipping through the pages of a mail order catalog, there is one item that’s not on my wish list – an RFID-enabled, TSA-compliant “Luggage Locator.” The unit keeps tabs on your luggage and sends a message when your bags are on the airport carousel.
Save the $79, please! This is one gift idea that will surely strain the reverse logistics pipeline. Simply put, it doesn’t have much of a market in the future. Delta is leading a new generation in the airline industry by attaching RFID tags to all 120 million pieces of luggage it transports each year. The airline unveiled the $50 million plan in May. So, the Luggage Locator looks cool, but is about to be become obsolete. Unless, of course, you’re totally paranoid about your luggage being lost and want a backup tracking solution.
Just the same, a few hundred RFID tags for my stocking and a nifty handheld reader would be nice. That way, I can tag all the stuff I never tagged last year. I still lose tools, socks, car keys, and winter gloves on a regular basis. Ditto for my gym pass!
And if your feeling really high-tech Santa, (and generous) I’ll take an overhead reader instead of the handheld, which can connect everything on a dashboard that I can view as I spend my days writing about RFID. Oh, and I’m still hot for an RFID-enabled drone – that could take care of tracking outside items. I’m still missing a bocce ball from Labor Day! Santa if you’re still stuck, here is my list from last year!
Merry Christmas to all! Oh, and click here to learn why RFID is a great present for retailers too!