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  • The Need for Global Standards and Solutions to Combat Counterfeiting
    Published November 2013
    This white paper, from GS1, provides insights into the increasing threats posed by counterfeit and illicit trade, and outlines how the organization's global standards, services and solutions can play a vital role in counteracting the problem. The report highlights key emerging trends and deceptive practices, and discusses how to secure global supply chains against the threats of counterfeit goods, through greater visibility, traceability and transparency. (24 pages)
  • Data-Collection Solutions Are No Longer Optional: Technology Adoption Survey Results
    Published November 2013
    Supply Chain Services and Motorola Solutions asked DC Velocity and Supply Chain Quarterly to conduct a survey of their readerships, regarding the current and future uses of automated data-collection solutions. Companies across multiple industries responded, with manufacturing, wholesale distribution, warehousing, transportation and retail companies most represented. In this white paper, Richard J. Sherman, the president of Gold & Domas Research, interprets the surveys' findings. (11 pages)
  • Project Noah: When It Comes to the Crunch
    Published November 2013
    Fierce competition in the global market, the introduction of products with shorter life cycles and increasingly demanding consumers have forced organizations to focus attention on their supply chains and invest in new technologies to drive value for their business. A multiplicity of supply chain technologies can help achieve this goal, but usage remains low. This latest edition of GS1 Australia's Project Noah series explores why Australian businesses adopt different supply chain technologies, including radio frequency identification. (18 pages)
  • Gaining Efficiencies and Reducing Cost in a Competitive Environment
    Published August 2013
    Innovative RFID and Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies offer increased process efficiency, accuracy and visibility. In this white paper, Motorola and NXP Semiconductors explain how these benefits enable automation and manufacturing flow advances, improved productivity and other benefits throughout the supply chain. (19 pages)
  • Yard Management: An Operator's Perspective
    Published June 2013
    Transportation-management consultant Charles H. Kerr reviews the major segments of yard-management systems (YMS) and discusses key points that should be considered when choosing such a solution. The application of real-time locating system (RTLS) and RFID tech¬nologies is supported by some YMS products, which enhances solutions for larger and more complex yard operations. Kerr discusses gate management, yard operations, switcher productivity and dock-door management, and explains how an effective YMS provides planning, management and execution in the yard, facilitating increased flow velocity of goods moving through the supply chain. (6 pages)
  • The Explosion of Retail Item-Level RFID: A Foundation for the Retail Revolution
    Published April 2013
    This white paper, authored by ChainLink Research's Bill McBeath in collaboration with Tagsys, provides a comprehensive overview of what to look for in an end-to-end item-level inventory implementation. It uses Tagsys' holistic system approach, with its FiTS integrated hardware and software offering, as well as real-world experiences from retailers and logistics suppliers, such as Port Logistics Group, to outline best practices for deploying a system that maximizes the benefits of RFID-based inventory management. (24 pages)
  • New Supply Chain Dynamic: Providing Actionable Data Through Cloud-Based Services and Solutions
    Published February 2013
    Supply chains are complex, data-rich environments. VDC Research's Michael Liard discusses how, with the growing use of RFID technology, mobility and cloud computing to enhance operations, a new dynamic has emerged—one in which real-time, actionable data becomes mission-critical to supply chain operations. (7 pages)
  • The Use of EPC RFID Standards for Livestock and Meat Traceability: 2013
    Published February 2013
    Gary Hartley, of the New Zealand RFID Pathfinder Group, explains why RFID and related technologies are valuable tools for identification and traceability purposes in the food production and distribution sectors. Hartley's research focuses on using EPC UHF RFID standards (particularly the EPCIS standard) to identify, capture and share information in the New Zealand venison industry. His research team utilized the technology to investigate the movements of live deer from a farm and a venison processing plant, as well as the exporting of cartons filled with finished venison cuts by ocean freight to Europe, and their delivery to a retail location in Hamburg, Germany. (49 pages)
  • Bar Coding and RFID Enable Food Supply Chain Traceability and Safety
    Published August 2012
    This white paper, from Zebra Technologies, examines how the food industry can take advantage of bar-code and radio frequency identification technologies to improve safety, reduce operating expenses, meet compliance requirements and improve efficiency. (12 pages)
  • Alien Higgs-4 IC Serialization: Simplifying Enterprise-1Wide Unique Numbering
    Published May 2012
    Alien Technology's Higgs-4 integrated circuit (IC) supports a range of optional serialization schemes. These use unique numbers programmed into Higgs-4 by Alien at the time of manufacture, and result in minimizing serialization efforts across large enterprises. (8 pages)
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