Virtual Event Report: RFID and IoT for Inventory and Warehouse Management

By Rich Handley

View the PDFs and recordings from RFID Journal's recent online event.

On Oct. 27, 2020, RFID Journal hosted a virtual event titled "RFID and IoT for Inventory and Warehouse Management," sponsored by  Zebra Technologies and  NXP Semiconductors. During this online event, the presenters explained how to benefit from deploying radio frequency identification technology at a warehouse by managing inventory and coordinating a supply chain.

The speakers offered real-world case studies explaining the tangible business benefits of how RFID can help an organization improve visibility regarding product movements and related transactions. What's more, they outlined how the technology can increase efficiencies, lower labor costs, optimize inventory levels, track assets and differentiate a company's logistic service in order to provide a competitive advantage.

Links to archived recording of the session presentations are presented below, along with PDFs of the slides used in those presentations. The presenters own the copyright to these materials, which are being offered only for personal reference and should not be reused without permission. Please note that you need to be a Registered User or Premium Member of RFID Journal, as you will be prompted to enter your e-mail address and password before viewing the recording and PDF. Registration is free.

The Warehouse Is The Heart of Any Supply Chain—Learn How RAIN RFID Makes It More Powerful
This session discussed the recent rise in parcel shipments, primarily driven by the trend toward online shopping and accelerating due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Supply chains and warehouse logistics businesses must become smarter to handle the increasing volume of parcels efficiently. The speakers explained how RFID technology can help to make parcel handling faster, more cost-efficient and less error-prone.
Speaker: James Goodland, RAIN RFID Solutions Manager, NXP Semiconductors
Recording Presentation Slides 

Targeting the Correct RFID and IoT Technology for the Right Project
This session presented proven methods used to discover profitable challenges that can be addressed with RFID, as well as specific tools for selecting the right technology for a specific project. The speakers explained how selecting the correct RFID candidate projects and technologies can help an organization minimize its investment, while improving supply chain efficiency.
Speakers: Ygal Bendavid, IoT Lab Director and Professor, Department of Analytics, Operations & IT/School of Management, Université du Québec à Montréal; Yasmina Maïzi, Professor, School of Management, Université du Québec à Montréal
Recording Presentation Slides 

End-to-End Supply Chain Visibility
Recent innovations have enhanced the ability of passive RFID to play a crucial role in improving supply chain performance. Using RFID alone or in combination with other edge technologies allows warehouse, distribution center, cross-dock and manufacturing plant operations to leverage the real-time location of tagged inventory and assets over a wide area of a facility to automatically track materials and assets through a supply chain, as well as locate people in targeted areas to optimize time and assign tasks. This session discussed these capabilities, the best time and conditions to apply them, and how they can be utilized to raise performance, increase inventory control and reduce costs.
Speaker: Mark Wheeler, Director of Supply Chain Solutions, Zebra Technologies
Recording | Slides withheld

Building Your RFID Business Case
RFID provides advantages over other automated-identification technologies within supply chains and inventory-management processes. In order to build a realistic business case and justify an investment, both qualitatively and quantifiably, a company must accurately evaluate RFID's marginal impact and benefits over existing technologies. This session explored how to measure RFID's impact on supply chain process performance by using specific key performance indicators. In addition, the presenters explained how to document an RFID business case at a facility and throughout a supply chain.
Speakers: Ygal Bendavid, IoT Lab Director and Professor, Department of Analytics, Operations & IT/School of Management, Université du Québec à Montréal; Yasmina Maïzi, Professor, School of Management, Université du Québec à Montréal
Recording Presentation Slides

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