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RFID diagnostics of promotion execution

: Hacker, P.; Floerkemeier, C.; Sarma, S.; Schuh, G.


Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
RFID 2010, IEEE International Conference on RFID : 14 - 16 April 2010, Orlando, Florida, USA
Piscataway/NJ: IEEE, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4244-5742-7
ISBN: 978-1-4244-5743-4
International Conference on RFID <4, 2010, Orlando/Fla.>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IPT ()

Previous studies have shown that many consumer goods manufacturers believe that their promotions are not well executed in retail stores. One common concern is that in-store promotions are not synchronized with television and online advertising campaigns. In recent years, RFID has been actively promoted as a tool to improve in-store promotion execution. This paper presents the results of a study in which promotional displays were tagged with RFID tags and tracked as they moved from a retail distribution center to a number of different retail stores. The analysis shows that only 28% of all displays are placed on the shop floor within +/-3 days of the official promotion launch. Our analysis suggests that by adjusting the timing of the delivery to the store the performance could be improved such that 87% of all displays are present on the shop floor within this time frame. The results confirm that RFID is a useful diagnostics tool to measure promotion execution performance and to identify business process shortcomings. The results also suggest that a continuous measurement via RFID is not required to improve performance.