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“Approach to Implementations of Electronic Tags (RFID) toward the Realization of Smart Stores” Formulated

March 12, 2021

The Japan Association of Chain Drug Stores (JACDS) has formulated the "Approach to Implementations of Electronic Tags (RFID) toward the Realization of Smart Stores" based on the "Declaration of Initiatives for Making Drug Stores Smarter" conducted by METI and JACDS, in light of the progress of a project commissioned by METI titled the “FY2020 Project for Establishing Infrastructure for Enhancing Efficiency of Distribution and Creating Value Added Therein (Verification Project for the Cost and Effectiveness of Introducing RFIDs in each level of the Supply Chain).”

Background and outline

The distribution industry is faced with the advancement of serious labor shortages caused by the aging of society with fewer children being born, soaring labor costs in accordance with such shortages, and diverse consumer demand. In addition, as the industry embraces many businesses in its consumer goods supply chains, overall optimization of the industry is made difficult, resulting in food waste and returned goods.
In light of this situation, METI formulated the "Declaration of Initiatives for Making Drug Stores Smarter" jointly with JACDS in March 2018. Since then, METI has been advancing enhancement of efficiency in related supply chains taking advantage of RFID and other technologies.
In FY2020, as part of the “Project for Establishing Infrastructure for Enhancing Efficiency of Distribution and Creating Value Added Therein (Verification Project for the Cost and Effectiveness of Introducing RFIDs in Each Level of the Supply Chain)” assigned to Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting Co., Ltd., METI, in collaboration with JACDS, calculated and verified the implementation costs and effects on efficiency in each level of manufacturing, distribution, and retail related to the implementation of RFIDs into the entire supply chain.
Based on the results, in order to implement RFIDs, JACDS has formulated the "Approach to Implementations of Electronic Tags (RFID) toward the Realization of Smart Stores".
METI will continue to work jointly with JACDS to increase efficiency and productivity in the supply chain by taking advantage of RFIDs and other IoT technologies.

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Consumer Affairs, Distribution and Retail Industry Division, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group

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