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

Access This Premium Content

Options To Access This Article:

What Subscribers Are Saying

  • "Probably the best investment I've ever made."
    Steve Meizlish, President & CEO, MeizCorp Services, Inc.
  • "I have found that RFID Journal provides an objective viewpoint of RFID. It you are looking for a resource that provides insights as to the application and implications of deploying RFID, RFID Journal will meet your needs, It gives you a broad perspective of RFID, beyond the retail supply chain."
    Mike O'Shea, Director of Corporate AutoID/RFID Strategies & Technologies, Kimberly-Clark Corp.
  • "No other source provides the consistent value-added insight that Mark Robert and his staff do. In a world dominated by press release after press release, RFID Journal is developing as the one place to go to make the most sense out of the present and future of RFID in commerce."
    Bob Hurley, Project Leader for RFID, Bayer HealthCare's Consumer Care Division
  • "RFID Journal is the one go-to source for information on the latest in RFID technology."
    Bruce Keim, Director, Hewlett-Packard
  • "RFID Journal is the only source I need to keep up to the minute with the happenings in the RFID world."
    Blair Hawley, VP of Supply Chain, Remington Products Company

Canadian Uniform Company Tracks Products With RFID

The system that Logistik Unicorp built in-house enables it to link raw materials with finished products, and to track those goods as they are received from a manufacturer, stored in its warehouse and then shipped to individual customers.
By Claire Swedberg
Nov 17, 2016

For Quebec company Logistik Unicorp, radio frequency identification serves as a tool to ensure that Canadian military uniforms end up in the hands of those ordering them within a matter of days, and with a guarantee to meet strict quality requirements. Logistik has spent seven years using an RFID system, as well as printed serial IDs, that it developed to track which materials go into each item it makes, when finished products are received from the contracted companies it utilizes to manufacture those uniforms, and when they are packed and shipped to customers, such as the Canadian Armed Forces. This visibility ensures that the company's customers know that high-quality materials went into the manufacturing of their products, and that they will always receive accurate items in the right quantities, while most orders are shipped within five days after an order is placed online.

Since the solution was taken live in 2009, it has reduced the amount of time required to ship goods by 35 percent, according to Francis Alexandre Bibeau, Logistik Unicorp's warehouse director, and has made the process of receiving goods from its contracted manufacturer more accurate. Ultimately, he says, that leads to greater customer satisfaction and inventory accuracy.

RFID cages were installed in the receiving and shipping areas.
Logistik Unicorp was founded in 1993 as a provider of uniforms for Canadian agencies and companies. The firm operates a plant in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Currently, the company serves the armed forces, border patrol, Canada Post and other uniformed government and private personnel, as well as agencies in Australia, Tunisia, Vietnam and Dubai, says Michel Ricard, Logistik's VP and CIO. The company tightly controls the materials used to manufacture its products, as well as the movements of the finished goods themselves. In that way, military personnel and other users can be ensured that the uniforms they purchase are the correct color, and that the fabric and dye can withstand the rigors of use in the field. Logistik buys raw materials—fabric to be used for garments, such as shirts, trousers or hats—and tests it before sending the materials to the manufacturers that produce the finished garments.

Francis Alexandre Bibeau, the company's warehouse director, scans a shipped box.
The company tracked finished goods manually, using printed serial numbers and bar codes, but it sought a more automated way to know what fabric was used on each uniform, in order to ensure traceability in case a customer had a complaint regarding a specific item. In such a scenario, Logistik could then trace back all products made from the same material and remove them from the supply chain or replace them if necessary, thereby maintaining quality control.

The company has been growing, Logistik reports. Currently, it fulfills approximately 450,000 orders annually, with an inventory turnaround six or seven times each year. It has about 1.5 million garments onsite at any given time.

To continue reading this article, please log in or choose a purchase option.

Option 1: Become a Premium Member.

One-year subscription, unlimited access to Premium Content: $189

Gain access to all of our premium content and receive 10% off RFID Reports and RFID Events!

Option 2: Purchase access to this specific article.

This article contains 1,702 words and 3 pages. Purchase Price: $19.99

Upgrade now, and you'll get immediate access to:

  • Case Studies

    Our in-dept case-study articles show you, step by step, how early adopters assessed the business case for an application, piloted it and rolled out the technology.

    Free Sample: How Cognizant Cut Costs by Deploying RFID to Track IT Assets

  • Best Practices

    The best way to avoid pitfalls is to know what best practices early adopters have already established. Our best practices have helped hundreds of companies do just that.

  • How-To Articles

    Don’t waste time trying to figure out how to RFID-enable a forklift, or deciding whether to use fixed or mobile readers. Our how-to articles provide practical advice and reliable answers to many implementation questions.

  • Features

    These informative articles focus on adoption issues, standards and other important trends in the RFID industry.

    Free Sample: Europe Is Rolling Out RFID

  • Magazine Articles

    All RFID Journal Premium Subscribers receive our bimonthly RFID Journal print magazine at no extra cost, and also have access to the complete online archive of magazine articles from past years.

Become a member today!

RFID Journal LIVE! RFID in Health Care LIVE! LatAm LIVE! Brasil LIVE! Europe RFID Connect Virtual Events RFID Journal Awards Webinars Presentations