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  • Track-and-Trace Solutions for the Logistics Supply Chain
    Published January 2012
    Consumer satisfaction with a company's product quality is important, but the service that firm provides before and after a sale is equally vital—though it's often overlooked as benefiting the bottom line. Providing efficient tracking and tracing of products enhances a company's image. Sato explains how track-and-trace solutions, including software and automatic-identification technologies, such as bar-coding and RFID, are reliable and effective in ensuring the efficient delivery of materials and components to a business and its customers. (3 pages)
  • Item-level RFID Tagging and the Intelligent Apparel Supply Chain
    Published December 2011
    When used throughout the apparel supply chain, item-level RFID provides an intelligence-rich environment that enables businesses to better transport goods, predict demand, efficiently promote stock, avoid markdowns and drive revenue and profit margins. This white paper, from Motorola Solutions, provides an overview of item-level RFID tagging in the apparel supply chain, explains the evolution of the technology and details the key benefits when utilized by retailers, distribution and logistics providers and manufacturers. (14 pages)
  • RFID in Imaging and Printing Supply Chain Management
    Published October 2011
    Edmilson C. Moreira and José Wagner de O. Bezerra, of the Instituto Atlântico, in Brazil, provide a feasibility analysis of RFID, for use in conducting item-level inventories of ink cartridges and toners. In order to improve supply chain management and availability for companies in the printing and imaging business, an RFID-enabled cabinet system was developed as a proof-of-concept, to investigate the possibility of tracking those supplies via RFID. The authors summarize the performance results of this solution. (7 pages)
  • Temperature Management and the Perishable Cold Chain
    Published March 2011
    Cold-chain optimization for perishable foods is becoming increasingly important. Every year, more than half of the food produced globally is lost, wasted or discarded as a result of inefficiencies in the human-managed food chain. Intelleflex explains how companies can use RFID technologies to improve quality, shelf-life and revenues via pallet-level monitoring. (7 pages)
  • Supply Chain Management Solutions for Federal Agencies
    Published September 2010
    Federal agencies need a fully integrated solution that leverages RFID and related sensor technologies in order to get a complete picture of their supply chains, as well as the assets that move about within them. Savi Technology examines how agencies can manage critical mobile assets and shipments within their facilities, and throughout the federal supply chain. (14 pages)
  • Why RFID Means Big Savings for the Oil and Gas Industry
    Published August 2010
    Xerafy explains how radio frequency identification can help offshore oil platforms maintain an adequate supply of parts, in order to deal with extreme temperature fluctuations, constant exposure to saltwater and other environmental challenges. (5 pages)
  • The Synchronized Distribution Supply Chain: Best Practices in Warehouse Management
    Published July 2010
    Motorola examines how warehouse mobility can serve as the foundation of an enterprise-wide mobility, creating a collaborative information architecture that not only enables a leaner warehouse operation—but also a leaner, more profitable enterprise. (16 pages)
  • Improving the Safety of the Food Supply Chain: The Value of RFID and Traceability
    Published July 2010
    Motorola discusses how RFID can improve the safety and efficiency of the food chain. Benefits include real-time visibility into product condition during temperature-sensitive transportation; reduced opportunity for spoilage, contamination and foodborne illnesses; real-time track and trace for cost-effective and accurate creation of electronic pedigrees; more narrow—and more successful—recalls from on-tag sourcing identification; increased productivity; reduced shrinkage; cost-effective regulatory compliance through automated data capture; and brand protection and liability reduction. (8 pages)
  • RFID and the Mainstream Supply Chain: Seven Steps to RFID Sanity
    Published July 2010
    Motorola outlines keys to investigating RFID in supply chain applications, differentiators for RFID tags, steps to test tags in unique applications and other ways to derive benefits from data-capture technology. The company also outlines seven steps that users can take to ensure a more successful RFID deployment. (8 pages)
  • Archimedes Method and System for Tracking
    Published February 2010
    Archimedes IP Corp. outlines its system for recording location information onto a tag, so that an item's movement history can be accessed without requiring communication with a central database. This system would allow the tracking of location histories for seaborn containers, thereby providing customs officials at the final destination with location information regarding a container's entire journey after it was sealed at the origination point.
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