The Value to the Customer of RFID in Service Applications Academic Article uri icon


  • This article examines how customer value may be affected by deploying radio frequency identification (RFID) technologies within service environments. Business articles promote operational cost savings and improved inventory management as key benefits of deploying RFID. In response, service firms are using RFID to reengineer service transactions and customer touchpoints. Customers may view these RFID applications to offer both benefits and drawbacks. This article demonstrates that individuals will recognize far more value from RFID service applications than just cost savings and inventory availability. The article analyzes qualitative survey responses on the value gained from RFID to identify a broad list of value objectives-benefits and drawbacks-associated with RFID service applications. The article contributes to academic literature by providing salient value dimensions for return on investment models of service RFID applications and for future empirical analyses of means-ends and value-profit chain models. Managers can use the list of dimensions to develop rich business cases for evaluating the benefits and costs from enhancing service operations with RFID. The identified drawbacks also provide managers with a resource for understanding potential risks of RFID applications. 2009, Decision Sciences Institute.

published proceedings

  • Decision Sciences

author list (cited authors)

  • Heim, G. R., Wentworth Jr., W. R., & Peng, X. D.

citation count

  • 31

complete list of authors

  • Heim, Gregory R||Wentworth Jr., William R||Peng, Xiaosong David

publication date

  • August 2009