TIC | 株式会社東京コンサルティング研究所



Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is aiming at introducing electronic tags to about 3,500 items, 100 billion products at all major convenience stores. Thanks to this effort, we are expecting the introduction of RFID systems to the logistics industry, too. RFID tags make multiple batch reading without physical contacts. This technology makes logistics jobs possible to increase the efficiency in physical counts and checking the numbers of goods, which always spend labor forces and their time. However, it has not been implemented at the logistics site due to the issues of IC tags’ cost, which costs about 10 to 20 yen, and misreading/ misrecognition at the time of scanning. There are many products which are sold under 100 JPY at convenience stores. They can’t afford to cost additional 10 JPY for such goods. The project is aiming to reduce the cost of each tags to 1 JPY, then we are expecting to become IC tags common. There are problems of misreading and misrecognition of products, due to the interference of radio-frequency waves transmission when the products contain liquid or metal. Misrecognition problem also occur when manufactures adopt their unique products identification cords. We are also expected that technological progress and recognition methods will be invented to solve these problems, during the process of introducing RFID tags to these 3,500 items at convenience stores. Moreover, various industries, which belongs to the convenience stores, who participate in this project, will adopt standard commodity identification cords, so that standard commodity ID cords will spread and overcome the problem or misrecognition. As previously mentioned, the logistics industry gets benefit from the industry of convenience stores adopting RFID; on the other hand, the logistics industry may be forced to adopt RFID due to meet the needs from the customers. The logistics industry requires to catch up with their customer’s developing logistics systems such as “optical inventory control” and “high degree of traceability”. One of the issues which we need to consider adapting RFID is that compatibility between the core systems of logistics companies and the data which is scanned by RFID scanners. There are many different types of RFID scanners and tags. Each scanners and tags have different types of data, so that the data which is scanned by scanner may have a problem of processing at companies’ data base. The logistics companies, who handle several different kinds of products, must face to this issue. So, they need to implement the system which is called Middleware that can provide compatibility between these scanned data and companies systems. Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has announced “Declaration of Plan to Introduce 100 Billion Electronic Tags for Products in Convenience Stores. We expect the RFID’s practices in convenience stores will be utilized in the logistics industry and improve the efficiency of logistics, then the labor shortage issue will be solved.

民谷 成