Japan uses RFID technology to automate all convenience stores
Robotic Checkout System “Regi-robo(TM)” with RFID Tags for Next Generation of Retail
The Japanese government has developed a program to automate retail outlets across the country using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. The initiative will cost $ 100 billion annually.
In 2000, Japan’s population was 125 million, but, according to research, by 2065 will decrease to 88 million people. Therefore, the authorities decided reduce the number of people employed in retail by digitizing the operation of popular convenience stores in the country, of which there are now more than 57 thousand.
RIFD technology uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. It is much more efficient than a barcode because it does not require direct visual access for scanning. The authorities have already entered into agreements with the largest retail chains to label all goods in this way until 2025. The estimated annual cost of this will be $ 100 billion..
Previously, the metal components of the identifiers on the labels have caused problems with foods that can be reheated or cooked in the microwave. However, in January Of 2019 researchers found a solution and created tags that last up to five minutes in 950W devices.
In the future, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan plans to add pharmacies and supermarkets to the program. Authorities are also recommending that RIFD label companies lower their price to 1 cent..
Earlier, we reported on another automation method that has begun to be used in Japan. The nation’s largest small-store operator, 7-Eleven, has opened a trial branch with a full self-service system using face recognition technology to pay for goods.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: 4.bp.blogspot, Avery Dennison