Boost Efficiency in your Retail Distribution Center with RFID

RFID technology offers a long list of proven benefits to retailers seeking to enhance their supply chain.

RFID technology has been used for years for tasks as simple as entry to your workplace or to track tolls as you drive down the highway. RFID has become a staple in modern society as a leading method for automatic identification in logistics and manufacturing around the globe.

RFID addresses some common pain points associated with retail operations, including:

  • Tag filtering can be configured so only the right data from the right item is captured.
  • Systems can be easily integrated, including software and parameterization that is unique to each application.
  • Hybrid solutions combine the best of barcoding and RFID.
  • Direction of travel makes a difference so it’s useful to know where a tagged item is between points A and B.
  • High speed conveyance with small gaps is a requirement to maximize throughput.
  • Product mix and seasonality can be addressed.

Better Transparency in a Variety of Applications

RFID can be used much the same way as traditional barcode scanners. A reader identifies an item with a RFID tag and the data is evaluated for a control decision to be made. Data is written to a tag on the base of a pallet then a reader attached to the forklift is able to identify the correct pallet and all contents associated with the tag to make sure it is properly routed.

RFID-based Tunnel System

With an RFID-based tunnel system at your receiving areas, you’ll always know where the goods are. This system reads the RFID tags continuously and fully automatically – even for objects that are close together on the conveying line. You will gain visibility into cartons and verify content and quantity without having to break down any packaging.

Since shipment verification is critical to ensuring customer satisfaction, make sure that your customer receives exactly what was ordered using an RFID tunnel system. This system ensures that those goods that were ordered are delivered to minimize expensive returns.

RFID Read/Write Devices

Compact RFID read/write devices optimized for logistics feature an integrated antenna and a definable reading field. This ensures RFID tags can be assigned correctly even when objects follow one another in quick succession.

RFID Track and Trace Systems

Gated RFID track and trace systems are available for quality and productivity increases in goods receipt and goods issue in warehouses. Reading of RFID transponders is fully automatic and interruption-free. Object, speed, and direction-detection enable unique assignment of RFID transponders.

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