RFID Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The RFID Market is Segmented By Technology (RFID Tags, RFID Interrogators, RFID Software/Services, Active RFID/RTLS), Application (Retail, Healthcare & Medical, Passenger Transport/Automotive, Manufacturing, Consumer Products), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

RFID Market Size
Study Period: 2020-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia-Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.2 %

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Market Overview

The RFID Market is expected to register a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period. Owing to the emergence of COVID-19, hospitals have been leveraging RFID technology to manage patients and employees during the pandemic more effectively. RFID tools that make use of wireless communication to identify and track assets and equipment have witnessed a strong adoption in the healthcare sector. As public health emergency continues, RFID drives efficiency and accountability for care teams.

  • Supply chain management and logistics make widespread usage of RFID technology. Sensor-based RFID technology is being increasingly integrated into the product packaging to track and trace the origin of the product and prevent any source of contamination or tampering within the supply chain. Logistics and transportation are major areas of implementation for RFID technology. Warehouse management, yard management, shipping and freight, and distribution centers are some of the areas where RFID tracking technology is usually used.
  • Radiofrequency identification (RFID) primarily refers to a wireless system comprising two major components that include tags and readers. The reader is basically a device comprising one or more antennas that emits radio waves and receive signals back from the RFID tags. The tags, which make use of radio waves to communicate their identity and other crucial information to the nearby readers, can be passive or active type.
  • The passive RFID tags are mainly powered by the readers and do not have a battery. However, the active type RFID tags are powered by batteries. These RFID tags can store a wide range of information, right from one serial number to several pages of crucial data. The RFID readers are offered in a mobile form factor so that they can be carried by hand or can either be mounted on a post or overhead.
  • One of the most common usages of RFID technology has been tracking goods in the supply chain, tracking parts moving to a manufacturing production line, tracing assets, security, and payment systems that let clientele pay for items without using cash. In addition, RFID is frequently used in the healthcare industry on patient wristbands to offer tamper-proof, exact identification for facility access control and security.
  • Moreover, multiple distribution centers and warehouses around the globe have been investing in improving their process efficiency to increase the efficiency of the overall processes as a part of their improvement programs. Such investments in the market landscape are anticipated to drive the growth and implementation of RFID technology.
  • There has also been an increasing demand in the aviation sector for RFID labels, especially in providing enhanced services for passengers, such as real-time baggage tracking. According to Avery Dennison, implementing RFID-based labels in the Aviation industry has reduced mishandling rates by 13% and has cut ramp loading time by around 4 minutes per aircraft turn.

Scope of the Report

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is a wireless system that comprises two components: tags and readers. The reader is a device with antennas that emit radio waves and receive signals from RFID tags. Tags are passive or active, communicating their identity and other information to nearby readers via radio waves. Passive RFID tags don't have a battery. The reader powers them. Batteries are usually used to power active RFID tags.

The RFID Market is Segmented By Technology (RFID Tags, RFID Interrogators, RFID Software/Services, Active RFID/RTLS), Application (Retail, Healthcare & Medical, Passenger Transport/Automotive, Manufacturing, Consumer Products), and Geography.

By Technology
RFID Interrogators
RFID Software/Services
By Application
Healthcare and Medical
Passenger Transport/Automotive
Consumer Products
Other Applications
By Geography
North America
Asia Pacific
Latin America
Middle East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Retail Segment is Expected to Hold a Major Market Share

  • RFID in retail involves the utilization of RFID tags on items that emit signals to RFID readers, which are then processed by the software, providing real-time results for transactions, stock taking, inventory levels, or individual customer purchase order history. RFID in retail eases the typical retail inventory process, which is manual, time-consuming, and only performed at predetermined intervals. Item tracking is one of the major applications that retailers use RFID. RFID in retail can also be used to prevent theft and track items that are usually moved and often misplaced.
  • Several companies have adopted RFID as an approach to control inventories. Leaders include Zara, H&M, Target, Macy’s, Uniqlo, Nike, Adidas, Lululemon, Footlocker, Levi’s, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and Victoria’s Secret. E-commerce is fueling much of the adoption, with high inventory accuracy levels required to support processes like store fulfillment and BOPIS (buy online, pick up in-store). More adaptive retailers are innovating new applications of RFID, such as streamlining omnichannel offerings, such as BOPIS (buy online and pick up in-store), as well as improving supply chain visibility and self-checkout.
  • RFID-processed merchandise also makes factual data available to management. It may lead to smarter purchase decisions and give management better expense control, as inventory accuracy is crucial to lowering shrinkage, thus, better profits. Usage of RFID may improve overall merchandise management; accurate tracking of inventory and its location saves money. It also drives greater topline revenues, as it becomes easier to assure that sales are completed. Bottom line, adoption of the system ensures more profitable performance, as there is a more accurate accounting of the merchandise wherever it is stored.
  • Retailers across the world have been making extensive use of RFID technology, especially in the Apparel business. The Canada-based company, Logistik Unicorp, has been using radio frequency identification as a tool to ensure that Canadian military uniforms are delivered swiftly, along with the guarantee of meeting strict quality requirements. It has been able to reduce the time required to ship goods by 35%. Such initiatives encourage new opportunities and developments and initiatives for RFID in the market and decrease the dependency on retail goods.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has increased challenges for retailers. The pandemic also pushed retailers to adopt RFID on a much larger scale. The pandemic became an accelerator of the digital transformation trend, which was already underway. Omnichannel retail strategies to meet the customers’ needs on all sales channels became a priority for survival. RFID extended retailers’ visibility of merchandise across the stores and the enterprise and distribution centers to meet ever-changing consumer demands.
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Asia Pacific is Expected to be the Fastest Growing Market

  • The Asia Pacific region is anticipated to hold a significant share of the market and is expected to witness significant growth over the forecast period. The rapidly increasing implementation and research work in the field of automation and a significant expansion of industry 4.0 have been driving the demand for RFID solutions in the region. The region's growth has been significantly driven by the increasing installation of these RFID systems in manufacturing units in order to improve productivity. The growing acceptance of electronic identity cards and RFID tags that are located in smart cards is also acting as a driver for the growth of the RFID market in the region.
  • The expanding retail sector, along with the rising retailers' focus on embracing digital technologies in order to enhance the customer's shopping experience and optimize the warehouse management process, has also been one of the key factors contributing to the growth of the RFID market. RFID has been one of the efficient technologies used to handle goods and materials in the production environment. The expanding manufacturing landscape in the region, coupled with the increasing adoption of automation and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions in the sector, has been propelling the market's growth. Also, the growing investments in asset management by organizations across various verticals and the rising need for contactless infrastructure coupled with government initiatives such as smart cities will further drive the growth of the market during the forecast period.
  • Moreover, the public transportation sector is anticipated to be one of the areas in which the market is expected to expand over the forecast period. However, some restraints are limiting the growth of the market. The higher cost associated with installing RFID systems may challenge the market's growth. The device interoperability issues can also hinder the growth of the market over the forecasted period.
  • Countries such as India are expected to witness a surge in the adoption of RFID technology as industries mature, and the COVID-19 pandemic is increasing the need for contactless solutions. The biggest boost for technology is also coming from the government side. For instance, in August 2021, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) announced that it mandated commercial vehicles to carry RFID tags to enter the national capital. SDMC has also issued a notice regarding the payment of toll tax or environment compensation charges, which can only be made through an RFID tag for commercial vehicles. Also, to protect inventory loss from shoplifting and theft, optimize store performance, and enable inventory intelligence solutions along with traffic counting, Chinese companies have been deploying RFID solutions in their clothing stores, cosmetics stores, supermarkets, and other retail stores.
  • Moreover, in June 2022, Delhi Airport introduced a personalized baggage tag, enabled by radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which will give passengers real-time information about when and on which belt is their check-in luggage arriving at the terminal.
  • Furthermore, in March 2022, Vistara Airlines partnered with an Ireland-based company, ASD, to deploy RFIDAeroCheck technology for quicker scans ensuring accurate data and timely information regarding upcoming requirements.
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Competitive Landscape

The RFID Market is highly competitive and consists of several major players like Avery Dennison Corporation, Alien Technology Corporation, CCL Industries Inc., William Frick & Company, etc. The major players are focusing on expanding their customer base across foreign countries. The companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to increase their market share and increase their profitability. The competition, rapid technological advancements, and frequent changes in consumer preferences are expected to pose a threat to the market's growth of the companies during the forecast period.

  • December 2021 - Murata Manufacturing and Michelin partnered to co-develop a new generation of RFID modules that are embedded into tires. The passive RFID tags require no external power supply and will operate continuously while being driven on for extremely high mileage.
  • September 2021 - Nedap NV launched its Nedap iD Cloud Platform, an integrated suite of SaaS solutions purposefully built for RFID technology. Nedap iD Cloud enables retailers and brands to create perfect inventory visibility with zero waste and no losses by tracking every unique item movement throughout the supply chain and collecting data in a cloud-based inventory repository.
  • April 2021 - Zebra Technologies Corporation announced a cloud-based offering for fixed RFID solutions that enables the user to manage readers and get tag-read data to the cloud with the help of reading modes. With constant digital transformation across the world that is forcing various facilities to incorporate cloud-based solutions, the introduction of cloud-based RFID solutions is expected to provide more opportunities for the company.
  • March 2021 - Avery Dennison Corporation's Smartrac division extended its Circus Pro family of NFC products by launching new Circus Pro and Circus Pro-Flex NFC inlays that feature new high-performance Web Authentication em|linq chip, with secured, end-to-end brand protection solutions for Consumer-Packaged Goods, Food and Beverage, Apparel and Beauty markets.

Recent Developments

  • June 2022 - Fresenius Kabi announced that the company had enhanced its RFID portfolio of radio frequency-tagged medications to make it compatible with AmerisourceBergen's medication tray solution. The medication tray solution is designed to help hospitals improve medication inventory visibility and tracking using advanced Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.
  • June 2022 - Impinj released the Impinj E910 Rain RFID reader chip for enterprise-grade readers that can discover and engage a high volume of connected items such as retail apparel, pallets, airline baggage, and automobile parts. The features of the chip include low power consumption and ease of use needed for loss prevention, inventory management, and supply-chain automation solutions.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions​ and Market Definition​

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study​




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Stakeholder Analysis

    3. 4.3 RFID Tag Types

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers​

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants​

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitutes​

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry​

    5. 4.5 RFID Regulations and Standards

    6. 4.6 RFID and IoT

    7. 4.7 Impact of COVID-19 on RFID and Allied Markets

    8. 4.8 Critical Success Factors for RFID Implementation

    9. 4.9 Gap Analysis


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Government Policies Favoring Digital Development

      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Installation of RFID in Manufacturing Units for Productivity Improvement and Security and Access Control Applications

    2. 5.2 Market Challenges


    1. 6.1 By Technology

      1. 6.1.1 RFID Tags

      2. 6.1.2 RFID Interrogators

      3. 6.1.3 RFID Software/Services

      4. 6.1.4 Active RFID/RTLS

    2. 6.2 By Application

      1. 6.2.1 Retail

      2. 6.2.2 Healthcare and Medical

      3. 6.2.3 Passenger Transport/Automotive

      4. 6.2.4 Manufacturing

      5. 6.2.5 Consumer Products

      6. 6.2.6 Other Applications

    3. 6.3 By Geography

      1. 6.3.1 North America

      2. 6.3.2 Europe

      3. 6.3.3 Asia Pacific

      4. 6.3.4 Latin America

      5. 6.3.5 Middle East and Africa


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles

      1. 7.1.1 Avery Dennison Corporation

      2. 7.1.2 Alien Technology Corporation

      3. 7.1.3 William Frick & Company

      4. 7.1.4 Invengo Technology Pte Ltd.

      5. 7.1.5 Impinj Inc.

      6. 7.1.6 CCL Industries Inc.

      7. 7.1.7 Nedap NV

      8. 7.1.8 Zebra Technologies Corporation

      9. 7.1.9 Trace-Tech ID Solutions SL

      10. 7.1.10 Hangzhou Century Co. Ltd.

      11. 7.1.11 SML Group Limited

      12. 7.1.12 Honeywell Productivity and Workflow Solutions

      13. 7.1.13 CHILITAG Technology Ltd

      14. 7.1.14 Ceyon Technology Co. Ltd.

      15. 7.1.15 JADAK Technologies Inc.

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The RFID Market market is studied from 2020 - 2027.

The RFID Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.2% over the next 5 years.

Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

Avery Dennison Corporation, Alien Technology Corporation, William Frick & Company, Invengo Technology Pte Ltd., CCL Industries Inc. are the major companies operating in RFID Market.

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