The Government of Japan has developed a program of automation of outlets across the country using radio frequency identification technology (RFID). The initiative will cost $ 100 billion annually.
In 2000, the population of Japan was 125 million, but, according to research, up to 88 million people will decrease by 2065. Therefore, the authorities decided to reduce the number of employed in retail through the digitalization of the work of popular 24-hour stores at the house, which are now more than 57 thousand.
Rifd technology uses electromagnetic fields to automatically identify and track tags attached to objects. It is much more effective than bar code, because it does not require direct visual access to scan. The authorities have already concluded agreements with the largest trading networks on the labeling of all goods in this way until 2025. According to estimates, the annual costs of this will amount to $ 100 billion.
Previously, due to the metal components of the identifiers on the labels, problems arose with products that can be warmed up or cooking in a microwave. However, in January 2019, researchers found a solution and created tags that are withstanding up to five minutes in 950 W devices.
In the future, the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry of Japan plans to add to the pharmacy and supermarkets. Authorities also recommend companies manufacturing Rifd labels, reduce their price to 1 cents.
Previously, we reported on another way of automation, which began to be used in Japan. The country’s largest network operator of small 7-Eleven stores opened a trial compartment with a complete self-service system that uses