Barcodes have been a standard in most industries for decades. But other technologies have challenged the efficiency and usefulness of barcodes. Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is the main challenger. While both solutions are well suited for certain applications, there are many advantages of RFID over barcodes that are worth considering.
RFID is an incredibly versatile technology, with applications from one end of the supply chain to the other. Short for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), these tags and readers save and transmit data through radio waves about an item, such as a product #, expiration date, manufacture date, temperature, and more.
Automation offers a wide range of benefits for warehouses, from better supply chain visibility to boosting productivity and efficiency to reducing labor-related hazards and risks. But implementing automation takes some effort and resources, so many businesses have put off this important transition for as long as possible. For those that still haven’t made the switch, here is why now may be the right time to automate your warehouse.
When people think of warehouse automation, they picture a futuristic operation where robots do all the work and humans are left either with nothing to do or trying to save the world from evil machines. Neither vision could be further from reality.
Over the past several years, manufacturing policies, the surge of eCommerce, and new research have brought increased scrutiny on environmental concerns. It’s one thing to get massive amounts of products into the hands of consumers in record time. But what about the cost to the environment in doing so? Here is why consumer consciousness has become a priority for businesses and how RFID technology can make your warehouse more sustainable.
Increasing product demands, overpopulation, regulatory concerns, and environmental aspects all have an impact on the sustainability of the supply chain, especially in the food sector. There are many parameters in a food supply chain that need to be considered for sustainability. Here are some of the main challenges with food supply chains and the ways your business can create more sustainable practices.
There is nothing simple about the distribution and logistics industry. While the purpose of logistics is to get items from Point A to Point B, there will always be challenges related to decreasing the margin of error, improving delivery speed, and protecting products from loss and theft. When it comes to ways to overcome obstacles in shipping, warehouses are increasingly relying on RFID technology.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, consumers were becoming more conscious about the sources of the food they put on their tables, forcing a shift in supply chain transparency. Now, in a time of increased health concerns and supply chain troubles, there is an even more urgent need to secure consumer confidence with the assurance of food safety and reliability.
Warehouse operations are an essential part of every manufacturing and retail operation. And there’s a close correlation between customer satisfaction and an efficiently-run warehouse. The COVID-19 pandemic was a catalyst for eCommerce growth, with nearly 20% of retail sales now taking place online, compared to just 15% in 2019.
It's peak season, and you're trying desperately to keep inventory moving in and out of your warehouse to satisfy your clients. But one of the additional challenges you face is a warehouse device shortage, which is stifling your efforts.