Home Internet of Things Aerospace Apparel Energy Defense Health Care Logistics Manufacturing Retail

Ask The Experts Forum

BlogsAsk The Experts ForumHow Can RFID Prove That Deliveries Were Made?

How Can RFID Prove That Deliveries Were Made?

Posted By RFID Journal, 10.16.2015

Sometimes I will ship 10 products, but the recipient will claim he only received nine. How can I use radio frequency identification to resolve this issue?

—Name withheld


Generally, what companies have done is put a tag on every product, associating the tag's unique identifier with that individual item. When an order comes in, software generates a pick list. Since each item has a unique ID number, a worker can use a handheld reader to find those goods. The products are assembled into a shipment, and before it goes out, all of the tags in that shipment are read. If there is an extra or wrong item, or if the sender is short an item (or items), the system would create an alert. This would allow workers to fix these issues. Once the order is 100 percent correct, the items are loaded onto a truck and an advance shipping noticed is sent to the buyer, along with the serial number of each item being delivered.

This is often enough for buyers, but some could claim that items ended up missing during transit. To forestall that problem, you could have the driver read the tags when the items are off-loaded from the truck. If the buyer has an RFID system in place, it could match the serial numbers on the items received with those listed in the advance shipping notice. This would enable the recipient to confirm receipt of all items.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal

Login and post your comment!

Not a member?

Signup for an account now to access all of the features of RFIDJournal.com!

Next Post
How Can Passive UHF RFID's Read Range Be...
Previous Post
Which RFID Tag Should I Use for Motion a...
Case Studies Features Best Practices How-Tos
Live Events Virtual Events Webinars
Simply enter a question for our experts.
RFID Journal LIVE! RFID in Health Care LIVE! LatAm LIVE! Brasil LIVE! Europe RFID Connect Virtual Events RFID Journal Awards Webinars Presentations
© Copyright 2002-2016 RFID Journal LLC.
Powered By: Haycco