Taiwanese fruit distributor tracks fresh produce via RFID

Je-Nong Cooperative Farm has reduced labor costs by adopting plastic crates with embedded passive UHF EPC tags to track its products.
Taiwanese fruit producer Je-Nong Cooperative Farm is employing a radio frequency identification (RFID)-based solution to document the receipt and processing of its fresh fruit at its facility in Miaoli County (Taiwan). By using passive Electronic Product Code (EPC) ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tags integrated in plastic crates, the company can monitor every step that the fruit undergoes, as it happens, and the conditions within coolers before the fruit is transported to stores throughout Taiwan, as well as in China, Japan and Korea.

According to Hsin-An Chang, Je-Nong's general manager, since the solution's installation in early 2012, the fruit distributor has attained a return on its investment, based on a reduction in labor costs. What's more, he says, the system provides a more reliable product for customers, since the company now has automated proof of the fruit's conditions while at the Je-Nong facility.