Retail shelf replenishment with item-level RFID tagging

Fawaz Abdulmalek, Lin Wang, Bryan A. Norman, Jayant Rajgopal

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A major priority for large retailers is ensuring that items are on the shelf in sufficient quantities to satisfy all customer demand. In recent years, there has been much interest in the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track items throughout the supply chain, and in particular, for providing precise and timely shelf level inventory information. We develop a detailed simulation model to study the impact of using RFID for shelf replenishment at a retail facility. The model evaluates scenarios with and without RFID to understand the relative gains, which can then be used to evaluate relevant economic trade-offs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-37
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 2011


  • Inventory control
  • RFID
  • Radio frequency identification
  • Retail
  • Shelf replenishment
  • Simulation


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