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  • 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)
  • Track-and-Trace Solutions for the Logistics Supply Chain
    Published January 2012
    Consumer satisfaction with a company's product quality is important, but the service that firm provides before and after a sale is equally vital—though it's often overlooked as benefiting the bottom line. Providing efficient tracking and tracing of products enhances a company's image. Sato explains how track-and-trace solutions, including software and automatic-identification technologies, such as bar-coding and RFID, are reliable and effective in ensuring the efficient delivery of materials and components to a business and its customers. (3 pages)
  • Item-level RFID Tagging and the Intelligent Apparel Supply Chain
    Published December 2011
    When used throughout the apparel supply chain, item-level RFID provides an intelligence-rich environment that enables businesses to better transport goods, predict demand, efficiently promote stock, avoid markdowns and drive revenue and profit margins. This white paper, from Motorola Solutions, provides an overview of item-level RFID tagging in the apparel supply chain, explains the evolution of the technology and details the key benefits when utilized by retailers, distribution and logistics providers and manufacturers. (14 pages)
  • RFID in Imaging and Printing Supply Chain Management
    Published October 2011
    Edmilson C. Moreira and José Wagner de O. Bezerra, of the Instituto Atlântico, in Brazil, provide a feasibility analysis of RFID, for use in conducting item-level inventories of ink cartridges and toners. In order to improve supply chain management and availability for companies in the printing and imaging business, an RFID-enabled cabinet system was developed as a proof-of-concept, to investigate the possibility of tracking those supplies via RFID. The authors summarize the performance results of this solution. (7 pages)
  • Temperature Management and the Perishable Cold Chain
    Published March 2011
    Cold-chain optimization for perishable foods is becoming increasingly important. Every year, more than half of the food produced globally is lost, wasted or discarded as a result of inefficiencies in the human-managed food chain. Intelleflex explains how companies can use RFID technologies to improve quality, shelf-life and revenues via pallet-level monitoring. (7 pages)
  • Supply Chain Management Solutions for Federal Agencies
    Published September 2010
    Federal agencies need a fully integrated solution that leverages RFID and related sensor technologies in order to get a complete picture of their supply chains, as well as the assets that move about within them. Savi Technology examines how agencies can manage critical mobile assets and shipments within their facilities, and throughout the federal supply chain. (14 pages)
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