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J.D. Smith Tracks Pet Food Shipments Via RFID

The Canadian logistics company used pallets fitted with passive EPC tags to chronicle when goods were loaded and shipped to a retailer.
By Claire Swedberg
"With the transparency it provides," Smith says, "RFID introduces accountability and now enhances our ability to mitigate and deal with potential problems."

Another benefit for J.D. Smith was in creating a record of how frequently pallets were used. This was important, Psihos explains, since logistics businesses receive carbon credits from government agencies for using reusable lightweight pallets, but must produce an audit trail demonstrating the pallets' frequency of use. The Axios system made that process automatic, he says.

J.D. Smith is now offering the system to clients, which would pay a fee to Axios to access the server in order to view data regarding the packing and delivery of their palletized goods. The pet food company that participated in the pilot is currently reviewing the results of that project, to determine whether to deploy the service permanently.

In addition, Axios Mobile Assets is testing the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to track goods. For example, an NFC tag could be attached to a truck delivering products, and the recipient of those goods could then utilize an NFC-enabled mobile phone to immediately record the receipt of that delivery.

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