"The technology has gotten better and cheaper," said Dean Frew, SML's chief technology officer. The company is the second-largest RFID firm behind No. 1 Avery Dennison. Last year, it sold 1.5 billion RFID tags to retailers that include Uniqlo, Tommy Bahama and Tesco.Other companies that use it now include Zara, H&M, Target, Nike and many other consumer brands, mostly those that control their supply chain or have private brands.What does this mean for retail? Consumers will find their size and color in stock more often, and millions of retail workers, who now have to physically count or scan items one at a time, will be happier. RFID tags cut down the time it takes to inventory a store from days to hours. Waving a scanner across a table of folded sweaters or jeans or a rack of blouses captures inventory information faster and more accurately."If your brand of green beans isn't on the shelf, you'll grab a different one," Frew said. "But if that red blouse in a specific size is … [Read more...] about Can RFID take the drudgery out of taking inventory?