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RFID Drives Efficiency, Sales for Carvana

The online car retailer is managing the location and status of tens of thousands of used vehicles as they are received, inspected, processed and delivered to hubs and then to customers.
By Claire Swedberg
Oct 28, 2018

Online car retail company Carvana is employing radio frequency identification to locate and expedite the processing of its cars at four inspection centers and dozens of hub facilities. With an RFID tag affixed to each vehicle, as well as RFID readers at its facilities, the company is able to track when the cars are received, inspected, serviced and shipped to local market sites.

Since the system was installed, the company reports, it has led to greater utilization of containers and other equipment, as well as more efficient labor management and a reduction in charges from shippers due to shipping delays. The technology, known as GAME (Global Asset Management for Enterprises), was provided for supply chain management by TrackX. Quest Solution provided RFID hardware selection and installation.

A Carvana vending machine
Carvana, founded in 2012, is a national vehicle retailer that delivers cars to online shoppers. Users of Carvana's system can browse for vehicles, buy them, set up a financing program and sell their existing car over the Internet. The management of these vehicles as they pass from seller to Carvana, and ultimately to a buyer, is highly complex, the company reports. At any given time, the firm has tens of thousands of cars around the United States that are in various stages of inspection, repair or upgrades, or are being delivered to a customer's home.

To manage this operation, Carvana requires technology to identify each vehicle's location and status. The UHF RFID system it is using, which was launched in 2016, has since gone through two phases as the company has scaled up from maintaining inspection centers only to tracking vehicles at local hubs.

Carvana first acquires vehicles it thinks it can sell, then puts them through mechanical and maintenance inspections. It can take on any repair work and detailing before putting a vehicle up for sale. Once a buyer makes a purchase, that vehicle is then shipped to a hub within his or her geographic area, and is either made available for pickup via a vending machine (a locked structure in which a buyer can access his or her car by using a specialized coin that Carvana provides when the customer arrives at the vending machine) or delivered to that individual's home.

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