Supply Chain/Logistics

Automating supply chains is an accepted business practice and leads to improved operational efficiency and higher profitability. Internet of Packaging (IoP) technologies, such as RFID, barcodes, QR codes, and digital printing, have already been understood and adopted, and are beginning to emerge with new competitive market advantages. Inventory control, authenticity, security and the customer experience, are just part of what the Internet of Packaging has already begun to provide. Learn how the use of IoP can provide information about a particular product that a consumer needs to know before purchasing it, enhance the customer relationship and reveal data about a wide variety of concerns. Hear how the technology is being used to offer product authenticity,...

2020-09-30 Supply Chain/Logistics

RFID Journal Award 2020 Winner: Best Manufacturing Implementation. Volkswagen do Brasil produces more than 23 million vehicles, exporting over 3.7 million vehicles, and producing domestic sales in excess of 19 million units. The company has three vehicle plants and one engine plant, as well as a widespread sales and distribution network, with more than 500 dealers. In addition to launching new cars, they must maintain the spare parts of old models for at least 10 years, often turning to external suppliers to produce parts. There are approximately 60,000 assets with suppliers, whose assets and production are managed by VW. The firm is using RFID and IoT technology to control asset utilization and improve inventory control. Key takeaways: Learn how the use of RFID has...

2020-09-30 Supply Chain/Logistics

RFID powers retail store excellence and supply chain visibility, but how might it be used to extend the reach of product identity beyond the traditional supply chain? GS1 US will outline the benefits of applying the Digital Link Standard to align various ancillary identification platforms (e.g. QR codes, data matrixes, NFC, BLE, etc.) to build post-sales use cases that enhance customer experiences and brand and retailer touchpoints. Key takeaways: This session will also include a number of industry updates and resources.View PowerPoint PresentationsSpeaker  Jonathan Gregory  Director of Community Engagement, Apparel and General Merchandise - GS1 USAs the Director of Community Engagement of Apparel and General Merchandise at GS1 US, Jonathan...

2020-09-30 Supply Chain/Logistics

Ceramic dinnerware manufacturer Porto Brasil Cerâmica maintains a stock of more than 980,000 items. The company has reduced the time to count items on pallets from 40 minutes to 3 minutes, after the implementation of an RFID system. The technology is enabling the firm to gain greater inventory visibility and to reduce costly shipping errors. Key takeaways: The benefits of moving from a manual system to an automated system and how it enables the firm to reduce labor costs. Improved customer satisfaction by reducing errors.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Ana Varaldo  Production Manager - Porto Brasil Cerâmica

2020-10-01 Session Presentations

RFID Journal Award Finalist: Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID Implementation. In 2017 Brazilian steel manufacturer Gerdau won the RFID Journal Best Logistics/Supply Chain RFID Implementation award for its use of an RFID system to cut costs and increase production. Gerdau is the largest producer of long steel in the Americas, turning millions of tons of recycled scrap into quality steel serving the construction, industrial, agricultural and automotive sectors. The firm has expanded the initial project to their Ouro Branco mill and has created an environment of automatic traceability for movement of products and equipment, with a focus on automation of the receipt processes, inventory management and loading, thus enabling the digital transformation of its logistics...

2020-10-01 Supply Chain/Logistics

A California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) research project has found that an RFID-enabled unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drone, can read tags attached to static inventory (for example, steel drills or utility pipes) at an accuracy rate of 95 to 100 percent. The research focused on capturing data for the purpose of equipment inventory tracking in oilfields, but also included other utility-based equipment in storage yards or at construction sites. Cal Poly will demonstrate in the exhibit hall, how the system could also be used to track dynamic inventory.View PowerPoint PresentationSpeaker  Tali Freed  Professor, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Cal Poly SLO, Director, PolyGAIT - Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

2020-10-01 Supply Chain/Logistics