I see that you have announced an event on Sept. 27, “RFID for Warehouses and Inventory Management.” I am highly interested in those areas, but on that day and time I will be busy, preventing me from attending. Is there another way by which I could learn more details about RFID systems for warehousing and inventory controls? My specific needs are keeping track of sugar sacks inside finished product warehouses, and then tracking them as they went out for distribution. Also, I’d like to learn about the possibility of representing and selling RFID chips in Central America. Can you address me to the right people?
Our virtual events are recorded, so you will be able to listen to the speakers and view their presentations after the event, on our website.
We have not published any articles about tracking sacks of sugar in a warehouse. You would need a fairly durable tag that could be attached to the sacks. There are a number of tags on the market that could work, but keep in mind that if you had sacks piled on top of each other, it would not be possible to read the tags at the bottom of the pile, since radio waves would not penetrate through several sacks.
You could set up reader portals at warehouse dock doors and at other key choke points to track the sacks’ movements. Monitoring them when they were out for distribution would be a bit more challenging. You would need to install remote readers on the trucks, or require drivers to use handhelds to scan the tags as they were delivered. You would also need to integrate some kind of GPS solution to know the vehicles were delivered to the right location. All of this would be doable, but it would require a good systems integrator.
If you want to sell RFID transponders in Central America, I would suggest you attend RFID Journal LIVE! 2019, which will be held in Phoenix, Ariz., on Apr. 2-4. There, you could meet dozens of tag manufacturers and learn about their channel partner agreements.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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