RFID segment anticipated to register 17.9% CAGR in the global smart labels market during the forecast period
RFID segment of the global smart labels market was estimated to account for a market share of more than 50% by the end of 2016 and is expected to gain over 200 basis points towards the close of the forecast period. This can be primarily attributed to an increasing growth of the organised retail sector. RFID segment in the global smart labels market was valued more than US$ 2,000 Mn in 2015 and is projected to reach a market value close to US$ 13,000 Mn by 2026, registering a CAGR of 17.9% during the forecast period. The segment is expected to create incremental $ opportunity of more than US$ 10,000 Mn from 2016 to 2026. In terms of volume, the RFID segment is expected to register a CAGR of 17.1% over the projected period. Demand for RFID smart labels has been continuously growing for the last few years, primarily due to increasing counterfeit incidents during shipping and distribution.
Rising preference for perishable food influences the demand for RFID tags
The RFID technology is gaining popularity among smart label manufacturers who prefer to reduce employment costs and eliminate human errors. RFID technology works without human intervention and is different from barcodes. Moreover, its acceptance is increasing owing to item identification, which is crucial in the retail sector. It is less sensitive to adverse conditions which in turn accelerates its usage in the global smart labels market. These factors are creating a positive impact of the segment on the global smart labels market. RFID technology is incorporated into physical objects to offer exclusive identification and an exact real-time representation of an object to the information system. Frozen foods have been in great demand in the past few years, directly influencing the demand for smart labels in the upcoming decade. Due to the perishable properties of these products, smart labels are attached to them to prevent counterfeiting as well as to minimise damages. This particular factor associated with RFID technology is fuelling market growth. Besides, an organised retail sector is observing a substantiate growth both in developed and developing economies. Moreover, the mounting demand for perishable goods such as seafood, meat and poultry is positively influencing the demand for RFID enabled smart labels.
RFID smart labels segment expected to remain the dominant segment in Latin America
RFID technology segment in the North America smart labels market was estimated to account for a market share of more than 50% by 2016 end and is expected to gain more than 400 basis points by 2026 end. In North America, the segment is anticipated to record a value CAGR of 18.0% during the forecast period, while by volume it is expected to register 17.1% CAGR during the projected period. In Latin America, the RFID smart labels segment is expected to remain the dominant segment in the region in terms of market value. RFID technology segment in the Latin America smart labels market is estimated to gain 40 basis points by the end of the assessment period. In Latin America, the RFID segment is likely to grow at 15.4% CAGR. In APEJ, RFID smart labels segment is anticipated to be the most lucrative technology type segment among smart labels manufacturers and the segment is also anticipated to gain more than 400 basis points during the forecast period.
CCL Industries Inc. acquires Checkpoint Systems – a specialised manufacturer of RFID tags
The global smart labels market is observing an ongoing trend of strategic mergers and acquisitions, with major players looking to expand globally. Though the RFID segment is largely fragmented with the presence of a large number of players, organised players are moving toward consolidation, with mergers and acquisitions taking place globally. For instance, in March 2016, CCL Industries Inc. acquired Checkpoint Systems, a specialised manufacturer of RFID tags and inlays, to enhance its product portfolio in the retail and clothing markets.
Smart Labels Market: Overview
Smart labels as a part of advanced item identification and tracking technology are gaining wide acceptance for providing protection against counterfeiting, loss, and theft with minimal human intervention. These labels are increasingly being adopted by industries for as an automated means for validating provenance, tracking assets, and managing supply chain in a number of end-use industries including retail, aerospace, logistics, and automotive.
Various types of smart labels such as radio-frequency identification (RFID), near-field communication (NFC) tags, electronic article surveillance, and electronic shelf labels are increasingly being used in a variety of end-use applications for automated, real-time tracking. In recent years, constant advancements in sensor technology and tag printing technologies have led to the advent of smart labels equipped with several functionalities, benefitting areas such as food packing, pharmaceutical packaging, and cosmetics. The global smart labels market is projected to rise at a CAGR of 17.0% from 2016 to 2026, and is anticipated to be reach a valuation of US$22.6 billion by the end of the forecast period.
The report offers a critical and detailed assessment of key drivers and challenges, notable trends and opportunities, major technological advancements, the share and size of various segments, regulatory landscape, and competitive dynamics in various regions. The evidence-based insights form a useful guide for market participants in identifying lucrative avenues and imminent investment pockets over the forecast period.
Smart Labels Market: Trends and Opportunities
The growing demand for an intelligent identification and tracking technology with minimal human intervention in the retail sector in various parts of the world is a key factor driving the global smart labels market. A burgeoning retail sector in several emerging and developed economies is a key factor providing a robust impetus to the market. The adoption of an integrated technology for real-time tracking of assets and products in several end-use areas such as healthcare, automotive, manufacturing, FMCG, logistics, retail, aerospace, and library is boosting the market in various regions. RFID-enabled smart labels and tags are gaining increased traction for enhancing and improving supply chain efficiencies and streamlining inventory management in various manufacturing industries.
The rising demand for anti-counterfeiting smart labels in the packaging industries is a key trend expected to catalyze the market growth during the forecast period. The vast adoption for smart labels in warehousing businesses world over is a key factor accentuating the market. The advent of configurable smart labels for numerous end-use industries for achieving an easy, reliable, and rapid tracking of assets is anticipated to open up exciting avenues in various regions. For instance, the growing demand for biologics and specialty pharmaceuticals calls for a thermal-sensitive packaging, which in turn is fortifying the demand for novel smart packaging labels with temperature-controlled functionality.
The burgeoning demand for smart labels in the healthcare, automotive, and logistics industries is likely to create lucrative opportunities for market players to capitalize on in the coming years.
Smart Labels Market: Regional Outlook
Regionally, North America is a prominent market for smart labels and it accounts for a substantial revenue share of over 40% of the global market. The dominance of the market is mainly attributed to the presence of several prominent players in the region, especially in the U.S. and Canada. The growing adoption of RFID smart labels in several areas, notably in manufacturing and supply chain, is a key factor likely to accentuate the regional market over the forecast period. Asia-Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) is another prominent market for smart labels and the regional market is predicted to rise at the dominant CAGR during 2016–2026.
Smart Labels Market: Companies mentioned in the report
The global smart labels market features a largely fragmented landscape. However, prominent players aim for consolidation by adopting strategies and expanding their presence in various geographic regions. Several leading players opt for mergers and acquisitions in order to consolidate their shares in the market. Leading players operating in the market include Muehlbauer Holding AG., Thin Film Electronics ASA, Invengo Information Technology Co Ltd., Smartrac N.V., and SATO HOLDINGS CORP.