Inventory Tags Market to Grow at a CAGR of 5.0% to reach US$ 7,264.42 million from 2020 to 2028

Inventory Tags Market Forecast to 2028 - COVID-19 Impact and Global Analysis By Technology (Barcodes, RFID, Others); Label Type (Plastics, Paper, Metal, Others); Printing Technology (Digital Printing, Flexography Printing, Gravure Printing, Offset Printing, Others); End-User (Retail, Transportation and Logistics, Industrial, Others), Geography

  • Report Code : TIPRE00009860
  • Category : Electronics and Semiconductor
  • Status : Published
  • No. of Pages : 194
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The inventory tags market was valued at US$ 4,995.36 million in 2020 and is projected to reach US$ 7,264.42 million by 2028; it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.0% during 2021–2028.  

The radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is a commonly used technology in retail operations and warehouse management, as RFID tag-based operations consume less time. Therefore, the retail industry has witnessed rapid growth in the last few years. The inventory tags market is growing at a substantial pace due to the growth in the retail sector. Growing concerns about forgery, rising demand for inventory tags in various verticals, and increasing per capita disposable income in numerous developing countries are the key factors driving the growth of the global inventory tags market.   

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Inventory Tags Market: Strategic Insights

Inventory Tags Market

  • CAGR (2020 - 2028)
    5.0%
  • Market Size 2020
    US$ 5 Billion
  • Market Size 2028
    US$ 7.26 Billion

Market Dynamics

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Key Players

  • 3M
  • Alien Technology, LLC
  • Brady Worldwide, Inc.
  • Camcode
  • CCL Industries Inc.
  • Cenveo
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • SATO Holdings Corporation

Regional Overview

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia-Pacific
  • South and Central America
  • Middle East and Africa

Market Segmentation

Technology
  • Barcodes
  • RFID
  • Others
Label Type
  • Plastics
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Others
Printing Technology
  • Digital Printing
  • Flexography Printing
  • Gravure Printing
  • Offset Printing
  • Others
End-User
  • Retail
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Industrial
  • Others
  • Sample PDF showcases the content structure and the nature of the information with qualitative and quantitative analysis.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Inventory Tags Market

The US is one of the prominent markets for inventory tags due to the growing retail and e-commerce, and healthcare sectors. An increase in the number of confirmed cases and rising reported deaths has affected above-mentioned industries. The factory and business shutdowns across the US, Canada, and Mexico impacted the adoption of the inventory tags. The retail sector has faced considerable shifts, consumer spending on groceries continue to increase. However, spending on apparel and other accessories decreased substantially in 2020.

Moreover, in the Mid-2020, the retail and e-commerce sales have increased gradually, leading to a slight growth in the inventory tags market in North America. Moreover, RFID technology is highly used in the healthcare industry to track their assets. To combat the COVID-19, the region has started shipping vaccines and PPE kits within the region where RFID technology has made a comeback to track and authenticate test kits, PPE, and vaccines, which, in turn has promoted the market growth.  

COVID-19 has had a severe impact on transportation and automotive, and trade activity. North America is home to a large number of manufacturing and technology companies. Thus, the impact of COVID-19 outbreak was quite severe in 2020 and is likely to continue in 2021. However, the impact of COVID-19 is short-term, and is likely to decrease in the coming years.   

Market Insights–Inventory Tags Market

Rising Popularity of RFID Technology

The increasing disposable incomes in several emerging countries are augmenting the demand for retail products. The retail industry is fueled by a mounting set of suppliers selling various products online and changing buying behavior of consumers. The retail sector in India is one of the fastest-growing markets in the world due to economic growth. As per the Indian Brand Equity Foundation, the retail sector in the country has raised US$ 672 billion in 2017 and it is estimated to reach US$ 1,200 billion by the end of 2021. E-commerce is the fastest-growing segment of the retail industry in North America and Europe. As per the Centre for Retail Research Limited, in 2019, the combined e-commerce sales in the UK, France, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain were US$ 313.53 billion. Besides, as per the Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce, the retail e-commerce sales in the US were US$ 160.3 billion in the first quarter of 2020, with an increase of 2.4% from the fourth quarter of 2019.

RFID tags are heavily adopted by the retail industry, especially for apparels. The apparel suppliers are increasingly leveraging big data analytics and digitalization with the help of RFID technology, which helps identify objects based on the caught data or track the location of the same.

RFID is also installed to increase visibility in inventory, which allows for much higher stock accuracy levels. Giants, such as H&M, Nike, and Zara, in the retail sector use this technology for inventory management to generate an effective supply chain, combat counterfeit items, and prevent out-of-stock situations. RFID deployments code and read products in their warehouses. When shipments reach store locations, RFID identifies which sizes and models to restock.

Inditex Group, the owner of retail brands such as Pull and Bear, Bershka, Massimo Dutti, Zara, Stradivarius, and Oysho, has given Tyco Retail Solutions a contract for RFID-based inventory intelligence. The Tyco solution has been installed in 700 Zara stores in 22 countries. Thus, the increasing deployment of RFID tags among major retailers is fueling the market growth.

Technology-Based Insights

Based on technology, the inventory tags market is segmented into RFID, barcode, and other. The RFID segment led the inventory tags market in 2020. The Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is used in keeping track and visibility of objects that are on the move. The RFID is a portable memory device on a chip that replaces the earlier called Universal Product Code (UPC) as it carries more dynamic information compared to the earlier UPC. This memory chip can be easily embedded in any kind of object that is to be considered for tracking. Radio Frequency Communications is employed between a host computer and an RFID device consisting of the memory chip. An RFID system comprises a tag that contains data, an antenna to communicate with the tag and a controller that is used to manage the communication between the antenna and the host computer. 

Label Type -Based Insights

Based on label type, the inventory tags market is sub-segmented into plastics, paper, metal, and others. The plastics segment led the inventory tags market in 2020. The plastic inventory tags are the most widely used inventory tags, as the plastic tags are cheaper and have a long lifecycle. The market players offer plastic inventory tags in various forms such as rectangular, square, and round, and are also offered in different color combinations. Moreover, owing to capabilities of being lightweight, non-conductive, non-corrosive, and impact-resistant, there is increasing adoption of plastic inventory tags among end users. However, the rising concern over the recyclability of plastics and sustainability is hampering the adoption of plastics inventory tags.

Printing Technology -Based Insights

Based on printing technology, the inventory tags market is sub-segmented into offset printing, digital printing, flexography printing, gravure printing, and others. The offset printing segment led the inventory tags market in 2020. Due to offset printing’s advantages, such as cost effective for larger quantities (lower marginal costs), high quality of print, and capability of using variety of paper and ink types, it is a widely used technology in various industries.  

End-User -Based Insights

Based on end-user, the inventory tags market is sub-segmented into retail, transportation and logistics, industrial, and others. The transportation and logistics segment led the inventory tags market in 2020. Barcodes and RFID technology is the widely used technology for automatic identification and data capture in the transportation and logistics sector. Although, the advantages associated with the RFID tools are anticipated to take over barcodes in the coming years. Most applications involve applying a smart label to the logistics container, which could be a carton, pallet, case, barrel, or tote, to provide shipment information or for long time container tracking. The key benefit of using barcode and RFID system is the ability to read the entire contents of diverse pallets during material shipping and handling operations such as truck loading or unloading.

Inventory Tags Market Report Scope

Report Attribute Details
Market size in 2020 US$ 5 Billion
Market Size by 2028 US$ 7.26 Billion
Global CAGR (2020 - 2028) 5.0%
Historical Data 2018-2019
Forecast period 2021-2028
Segments Covered By Technology
  • Barcodes
  • RFID
  • Others
By Label Type
  • Plastics
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Others
By Printing Technology
  • Digital Printing
  • Flexography Printing
  • Gravure Printing
  • Offset Printing
  • Others
By End-User
  • Retail
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Industrial
  • Others
Regions and Countries Covered North America
  • US
  • Canada
  • Mexico
Europe
  • UK
  • Germany
  • France
  • Russia
  • Italy
  • Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
  • China
  • India
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Rest of Asia-Pacific
South and Central America
  • Brazil
  • Argentina
  • Rest of South and Central America
Middle East and Africa
  • South Africa
  • Saudi Arabia
  • UAE
  • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Market leaders and key company profiles
  • 3M
  • Alien Technology, LLC
  • Brady Worldwide, Inc.
  • Camcode
  • CCL Industries Inc.
  • Cenveo
  • Honeywell International Inc.
  • Johnson Controls, Inc.
  • SATO Holdings Corporation
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    Players operating in the inventory tags market are focusing on the development of advanced and efficient products.

    • In 2020, Sato Holdings Corporation announced the launch of ASETRA, RFID Asset Management System for manufacturers and logistics service providers. The package system that utilizes RAIN RFID tags, QR codes and barcodes to streamline management of tools and returnable items.   

    The Global Inventory Tags Market Has Been Segmented As Follows:

    Inventory Tags Market– by Technology

    • RFID
    • Barcodes
    • Others

    Inventory Tags Market– by Label Type

    • Plastics
    • Papers
    • Metals
    • Others

    Inventory Tags Market– by Printing Technology 

    • Offset Printing
    • Digital Printing
    • Flexography Printing
    • Gravure Printing
    • Others

    Inventory Tags Market– by End-User 

    • Retail
    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Industrial
    • Others  

    Inventory Tags Market–by Geography

    • North America

      • US
      • Canada
      • Mexico
    • Europe

      • Germany
      • France
      • Italy
      • UK
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific (APAC)

      • Australia
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • South Korea
      • Rest of APAC
    • Middle East and Africa (MEA)

      • South Africa
      • Saudi Arabia
      • UAE
      • Rest of MEA
    • South America (SAM)

      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Rest of SAM

    Inventory Tags Market–Company Profiles

    • 3M
    • Alien Technology, LLC
    • Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    • Camcode
    • CCL Industries Inc.
    • Cenveo
    • Honeywell International Inc.
    • Johnson Controls, Inc.
    • SATO Holdings Corporation
    • Zebra Technologies Corporation 
    Report Coverage
    Report Coverage

    Revenue forecast, Company Analysis, Industry landscape, Growth factors, and Trends

    Segment Covered
    Segment Covered

    Technology ; Label Type ; Printing Technology ; End-User , Geography

    Regional Scope
    Regional Scope

    North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, South & Central America

    Country Scope
    Country Scope

    Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Which technology led the inventory tags market?

    The RFID is the leading technology in the market. Industrial, healthcare, retail, and defense are the various end-users sector where RFID finds its applications. In the commercial and military sector where supply chain management becomes extremely critical, an RFID can be used to maintain complete track of the object being transported.

    Which factor is driving the inventory tags market?

    RFID tags are heavily adopted by the retail industry, especially for apparels. The apparel suppliers are increasingly leveraging big data analytics and digitalization with the help of RFID technology, which helps identify objects based on the caught data or track the location of the same. The increasing deployment of RFID tags among major retailers is fueling the market growth.

    Which region led the inventory tags market in 2020?

    North America led the inventory tags market in 2020. The retail sector in North America is a huge adopter of the RFID technology that facilitates data transfer from tags attached to objects, using a wireless scanning system, thereby enabling automatic identification and tracking. Further, according to the International Trade Administration (ITA), there were 19.8 million e-commerce users in Canada in 2018, and the count is estimated to be rise by 5.21 million by 2021. The retail e-commerce sales in Canada were valued at US$ 2.2 million in 2019 and US$ 47.9 million in 2020. Thus, in addition to the growing retail sector, escalation in e-commerce activities is contributing to the inventory tags market in North America.

    The List of Companies - Inventory Tags Market

    1. 3M
    2. Alien Technology, LLC
    3. Brady Worldwide, Inc.
    4. Camcode
    5. CCL Industries Inc.
    6. Cenveo
    7. Honeywell International Inc.
    8. Johnson Controls, Inc.
    9. SATO Holdings Corporation
    10. Zebra Technologies Corporation

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