Topics: Technology Trends
Even the best reader technology and tags won’t always let you see what’s going on in your facility. While “readability issues” was once a reason not to deploy RFID, there are not many areas left where this is still an issue that hasn’t been solved. Here are a few of the innovations that have changed the degree in which readability still factors as an issue.
A 2012 Report by the Institute of Medicine estimated that the US Healthcare system wastes approximately $750 BILLION per year. While the biggest part of that is “Unnecessary services,” other factors such as “Fraud,” “Inefficient Care Delivery” and “Excess Administrative Costs” are all equally alarming regarding the potential harm they could do to both individual patients and trust in the systems we rely on as well.
RFID has found its way into nearly every industry and every part of the supply chain. But common misperceptions about its extensibility continue to persist, as imaginations for its use have not kept pace with some of the capabilities and it's steadily decreasing the cost to implement. But as the cost and variety of tags get more diverse every day, so do the potential applications.
While techniques to maintain and track inventory under a roof are well-established and somewhat ubiquitous, outdoor storage still lags in performance as many businesses ignore some of the basic rules that they followed when setting up their warehouse. While the warehouse space might be packed with advanced scanning and conveyor equipment, high bay racks served by aisle pickers and perhaps even robots, outdoor areas tend to suffer from lack of attention to the same level of precision and order that is valued in the warehouse.
In this article, we will discuss outdoor storage by differentiating between simple bulk storage facilities and yard management facilities, which are used to store containers, trailers, and trucks.
Before You Buy – A Must Read Before June 30th
Earlier this year, Verizon Wireless announced the following:
“beginning July 1, 2018 (this year) dealers will no longer be able to activate any CDMA data only devices, and any non HD/Volte phone devices, including swaps.”
This means exactly what is says – any 3G device you have purchased but not yet activated will not be able to activated after this weekend. This is part of a larger CDMA phase-out being executed by all carriers over the next two years.
On a recent visit to a global metalworks facility on the East Coast, our team discovered something that forgers and steel operations, which are known for a work environment dealing with extreme heat, have in common with cold storage and frozen operations.
At first glance, you would assume that there is nothing these two environments have in common. After all, no one packs a bag the same way for a ski vacation and a beach vacation. And if challenged to identify a common solution between an ice cream storage facility and a rolled steel mill, we’d probably be hard-pressed to think of one. But there is a big one.
What they have in common is Gloves.
As we all know by now it’s past time for everyone to migrate off your Windows OS into an Android environment. (Click here to know why.)
While devising a plan for replacing most of the more common devices is straightforward, there are a couple of additional factors to consider regarding your rugged devices when making your transition to Android.
A Gartner Report from last year is a good guide that we will summarize today.
If you are somehow NOT yet planning your migration to Android, please read this article before continuing!
As we’ve noted on multiple occasions in this blog, there are some big advantages that businesses are starting to discover about Voice Collection. While we have walked through a lot of the potential processes that can be improved and the “how to” of how it works, it is perfectly reasonable that many of our readers have asked “Does it really work like that?” or “Is it REALLY that easy?”
Buried near the bottom of this year’s “The Future of Fulfillment Vision Study” from Zebra is an interesting section on the future of supply chain technologies. This week we’re going to share some of the high-level insights they shared and go a bit more in-depth on a few of them.