20 January 2005 | David Arminas
Major European companies are increasingly able to implement radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, but smaller firms look to their logistics providers for help and advice, according to research from Analytiqa.
However, the global logistics consultancy and research body warned that many logistics companies were not up to meeting these demands.
Mark O'Bornick, senior analyst with Analytiqa, said smaller companies wanted their logistics partners "to be almost a consultant" and know what returns on investment to expect, how they should spend their money and where to find efficiencies.
He added that manufacturers and retailers would consider ditching companies that could not offer RFID capablity.
The report comes as Tesco announced one of the UK's largest RFID contracts.
In an exclusive three-year deal with security company ADT, Tesco will buy 4,000 tag readers and 16,000 antennae for all of its UK stores and distribution centres, to be delivered by May.