RFID Supply Chain Management

Any supply chain has minimum of 4 steps before the non perishable goods reach the retailers. For the perishable goods the shelf life span of the product is very small and hence the storing is for a very short period.

Product Features

There are 3 variants of the e.com gateway

Goods taken to the manufacturer's warehouse / godown.
Goods taken to the distributor's warehouse / godown.
Goods taken to the retailer's warehouse / godown.
Goods are shelved for sales at the sales counter.

Material travels a long way from the manufacturer to the shelf in the sales area of a shop. If this travel is speedy then the money is saved.

Goods should be stored according to the forcast of the demand. The records of the stored goods or stock should be accurate. If this data is available over a period of time then the forcasting becomes easier and stock is not in excess or less. For eg. Identify the brand or goods that is moving fast during the summer time, then you know that you need to stock that brand / goods during summer time. Also the shelf life of the product should be taken into consideration.

Therefore RFID Goods Tracking solutions is a must. Man hours are saved. No room for stocktaking error, which enables saving the money with time. Time taken to check the stock is like a pallet per 2-3 seconds. Also removal of the goods from the warehouse is recorded. So at any given time you have READY DATA of all the brands, products, goods stored in the warehouse.

Warehouse space and equipment use, can be OPTIMIZED. The equipment tracking can also be enabled with RFID usage. So whereabouts of the equipment and available space in the warehouse can be known INSTANTLY.

This also facilitates the lesser time, taken by the delivery vehicles, at your door.

Therefore hardly any supervision is required. The entire process of identifying the space, equipement at the warehouse and managing the same becomes a lot easier.

The delivery vehicles can also be tracked using the RFID tracking solutions. Which will facilitate the tracking of the 'goods on the move' INSTANTLY.

Finding the ROI (return on investment) in RFID Technology

"The future if not what it used to be" - Arthur.C.Clarke

The opportunities are endless for the supply chain. Pallets stacked full of RFID-tagged cases or cartons are easily read and re-read as they pass from location to location, both within a company's factory or by various partners throughout the distribution process. Multiple read points feed item and location data to various WMS and ERP systems to provide real-time information about the location of products or other assets.Goods are received in seconds with exceptions noticed before the truck leaves the dock door.Routing instructions, even for mixed goods loads, are seamlessly implemented and routinely checked to verify accuracy.

RFID continues to evolve and many companies are setting more realistic expectations for the technology.Advancements in ultra high frequency (UHF) RFID tags have closed the gap between what supply chain firms require and what is technologically feasible.

End users now have a new technology that offers an optimal mix of price and performance, including increasingly affordable tag prices and superior performance for gaining comprehensive visibility of pallets, totes and cases. Most large companies view RFID as playing an important part of their overall enterprise mobility strategy. The key to a successful implementation is to determine the most appropriate places to adopt the technology.