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Supply Chain White Papers

  • The Synchronized Distribution Supply Chain: Best Practices in Warehouse Management
    Published July 2010
    Motorola examines how warehouse mobility can serve as the foundation of an enterprise-wide mobility, creating a collaborative information architecture that not only enables a leaner warehouse operation—but also a leaner, more profitable enterprise. (16 pages)
  • Improving the Safety of the Food Supply Chain: The Value of RFID and Traceability
    Published July 2010
    Motorola discusses how RFID can improve the safety and efficiency of the food chain. Benefits include real-time visibility into product condition during temperature-sensitive transportation; reduced opportunity for spoilage, contamination and foodborne illnesses; real-time track and trace for cost-effective and accurate creation of electronic pedigrees; more narrow—and more successful—recalls from on-tag sourcing identification; increased productivity; reduced shrinkage; cost-effective regulatory compliance through automated data capture; and brand protection and liability reduction. (8 pages)
  • RFID and the Mainstream Supply Chain: Seven Steps to RFID Sanity
    Published July 2010
    Motorola outlines keys to investigating RFID in supply chain applications, differentiators for RFID tags, steps to test tags in unique applications and other ways to derive benefits from data-capture technology. The company also outlines seven steps that users can take to ensure a more successful RFID deployment. (8 pages)
  • 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.
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