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RFID Can Aid Green Initiatives

Mission Foods, the winner of our first RFID Journal Green Award, shows that RFID technology can help companies reduce waste and lessen the impact they have on the environment.
It took roughly seven months to develop, test and implement the solution at Mission Foods' Dallas warehouse. With its new tracking capability, the company's managers can now determine at any given time which independent distributors are removing shipping containers from the warehouse, and when they are returned.

This week's featured story, The Greening of Mission Foods, explains how the system was deployed, and how it enables the effective tracking of containers without creating additional work within the warehouse. But I'll give you the bottom line: The system cost approximately $100,000—including readers, tags and software—to RFID-enable three warehouses. Mission Foods has since averaged 20 turns per container, and estimates that it has saved nearly $700,000 by eliminating the corrugated boxes.

Reducing corrugated boxes in the waste stream while saving money—that's how RFID helps businesses go green. Check out our featured story this week to read this compelling case study.

Mark Roberti is the founder and editor of RFID Journal. If you would like to comment on this article, click on the link below. To read more of Mark's opinions, visit the RFID Journal Blog, the Editor's Note archive or RFID Connect.

USER COMMENTS

Jun Wee 2011-08-04 07:29:20 PM
Great initiative Reusing is always better than recycling. RFID and suppply chain solution providers can help reduce wastage, costs and extra energy expension. I hope all MNCs with large supply chains who are not already using reusable containers will seriously consider this as well.

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