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Supply Chain White Papers

  • Archimedes Method and System for Tracking
    Published February 2010
    Archimedes IP Corp. outlines its system for recording location information onto a tag, so that an item's movement history can be accessed without requiring communication with a central database. This system would allow the tracking of location histories for seaborn containers, thereby providing customs officials at the final destination with location information regarding a container's entire journey after it was sealed at the origination point.
  • Leveraging ERP for Supply Chain Execution
    Published January 2010
    Companies considering supply chain execution systems to integrate shop-floor RF scanners and bar-coding within their enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems face a fundamental decision: Which data model will serve as the primary system of record for manufacturing and distribution transactions? In this white paper, TAKE Supply Chain outlines the impact the choice of system architecture has on critical aspects of running a supply chain and maximizing an ERP investment. (7 pages)
  • Tag-on-Demand: The New Face of RFID
    Published January 2010
    William Faulkner, president of Logopak Corp., discusses how the increased complexity of today's auto-ID environment can be addressed by the tag-on-demand model. Faulkner outlines the company's factory-floor printing and labeling system, the Logopak 920 PFR, which can label pallets on one to three sides using self-adhesive labels in large formats with scanner-readable bar codes coupled with clearly written dates and codes. The device was chosen for Metro Group's Future Store initiative, where RFID has reduced out-of-stocks by 9 to 14 percent, assuring a more consistent availability of goods for customers. (4 pages)
  • Driving Costs Out and Efficiency In With Enterprise Bar-Code and RFID Label Management
    Published January 2010
    TAKE Supply Chain discusses a scalable, rules-based bar-code label and RFID print-management platform that enables business users to effectively administer tagging output and compliance programs. By alleviating an IT staff of this burden, label compliance can be achieved at a lower cost and higher quality, thereby allowing an organization to be proactive in its use of auto-ID technology throughout the supply chain. (11 pages)
  • Eliminate Seven Wastes from Your Supply Chain With Real-Time Asset-Management Solutions
    Published July 2009
    Zebra Enterprise Solutions' David Phillips examines the impact of leveraging lean principles supported by the company's real-time asset-management solutions. This white paper identifies seven areas of manufacturing waste, and explains how such solutions can help to eradicate them. (10 pages)
  • Plugging Profit Leaks in the Apparel Sector
    Published February 2009
    Impinj explains how RFID technology can help identify and plug leaks in the apparel supply chain, as well as increase sales (and profit margins) by enabling new up-selling techniques, thereby ensuring the availability of sales floor inventory and providing store buyers with greater insight into product performance.
  • An RFID Device to Improve Shelf Replenishment Efficiency
    Published November 2007
    This paper from Brazil's Instituto Atlantico presents a feasibility analysis of RFID technology applied to item-level inventory, specifically for smart-shelf systems, to improve shelf replenishment efficiency and prevent out-of-stocks.
  • ROI through RFID: An Attainable Goal
    Published January 2006
    Eric Fleming, an RFID consultant with Rush Tracking Systems, measures the gains that a company can achieve by deploying radio frequency identification. In analyzing RFID's potential return on investment, managers must face a basic question: Can the technology improve a company's performance and strength through increased productivity, greater profitability and improved safety? (4 pages)
  • Driving Costs Out of the Supply Chain: Inbound Logistics
    Published November 2005
    Written by Atul Ankush Chatur of Infosys, this white paper discusses best practices observed with successful inbound logistics programs of manufacturing organizations in the automotive industry and consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector. It also examines the role of a 3PL services provider in this equation, focusing on transportation and warehousing services.
  • The Benefits of Automating a Slap and Ship Operation
    Published August 2005
    In response to the hassles of "slap and ship," many suppliers are turning to fully automated printer/aplicators. The downside is the prohibitive cost involved in the set-up of these operations. The question becomes: What is the right level of integration necessary to streamline an RFID operation without a crippling initial investment?
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