In the warehousing industry, anything that facilitates the organization and management of your inventory is a huge advantage.
Benefits of Using RFID:
Decreases the need for manual checks and counts
Reduces inventory handling costs
Helps to improve inventory turns
Helps prevent the distribution and sale of counterfeit products
Helps to create a more adaptable supply chain
How it works:
A shipment arrives. An RFID tag (or chip) is attached to the items in that shipment – either to individual boxes or an entire pallet. Each tag features an internal memory to store the item’s information, which can be modified as it moves through different processes in the warehouse. the RFID tag transmits that information to a central database where a warehouse management system can analyze the data. Unlike barcodes, RFID tags are don’t require a reader that’s in the same line of sight. Not only does this eliminate the need for someone to manually scan each box, but it also means that an item can be scanned and catalogued even when it’s hidden behind other goods.
The implementation of RFID technology has improved operational efficiency and productivity in distribution centers and warehouses around the world. RFID technology typically complements data capture technology (like barcodes) already used in warehouse and distribution centers.
RFID in receiving:
In receiving, items, cases and/or pallets traditionally used barcodes, which workers had to scan one by one. With RFID, those items can be read all at once by a portal reader placed at the dock door as they are unloaded from the truck.
Unloading an inbound container, for instance, which may take about two and a half hours to individually scan, sort, and count cartons, may now take less than half an hour with RFID-tagged cartons.
Using a WMS (warehouse management system),items can be cross docked for immediate transport or staged and stored.
TRACEABILITY The tags can store the necessary tracking information, from manufacture date, shelf life, expiration dates, lots, batch, serial numbers, etc.
Using readers and portals throughout the supply chain, the data can be updated wirelessly and this electronic record made available in case of a recall or counterfeit issue.