Barcodes Or RFID: Pros and Cons For Small Businesses

Small Business Trends: Barcodes Or RFID – Pros and Cons For Small Businesses

The conclusion reached in this article – part of a series sponsored by UPS – is that barcodes probably make more sense for small businesses because they’re considerably cheaper, but RFID does offer potential productivity benefits.

“You can hardly have a discussion about RFID and barcodes in the same sentence, without comparing the two. Which is cheaper? Which is easier to implement? Which delivers better results for small businesses? Let’s take a look.


A barcode is a machine-readable insignia of data about an object. We’re probably most familiar with barcodes printed on the packaging of items in grocery stores and retail outlets. You take an item to the cash register, and the clerk scans the barcode using a handheld barcode reader or passes the item over a scanner embedded in the checkout lane. The barcode yields up data about the item, including its price and any discounts applicable.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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