Paybacks from item level RFID divide into those that are difficult or impossible to quantify at project level and those that are readily quantifiable. The ones that are difficult to quantify at project level may nonetheless have a large impact globally as shown in Figure 1.

Whereas the benefits of tagging vehicles, intermodal containers, pallets and cases in supply chains are almost all financial in nature and of limited variety and magnitude, item level RFID tagging on the grand scale offers a far wider variety of financial benefits and also many non-financial benefits. Some examples are shown in Figure 2.

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