An analysis of adopting RFID in the Brazilian Air Force uniform sales system
Ratto, Roberto Quintas
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The Brazilian Air Force Uniform Sales System (USS) is experiencing continuous sales growth in its points of sale at Air Force bases and an intensive use of labor force in its operations, which have led the Subdirectorate of Supply (SDAB), the USS Central Organization, to designate Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) as a viable option to improve USS operations, currently performed manually. This project assesses the current state of USS processes, redesigns the processes considering the integration of RFID, and provides a cost and benefit analysis (CBA) of adopting the technology to contribute to SDAB's decision-making process and further studies. The scenario created where RFID is present, and the data (i.e., investments needed, and time and operators utilized) gathered from the SDAB personnel who control and execute the tasks are the basis to assess the potential net benefit associated with the process change. The CBA focuses on quantitative analysis by contrasting the costs necessary to implement RFID with the savings the technology may produce within the Uniform Sales System. The net present value (NPV) indicates that the RFID implementation intended by SDAB is sufficiently valuable to justify the investments.
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