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Supply Chain/Logistics

Supply chain operations and logistics companies will play a key role in ensuring end-to-end visibility of products as they move through the global supply chain. Some third-party logistics providers are already tagging products for their customers. Others are examining how they can benefit internally by improving the utilization of containers and chassis with RFID tracking. This track focuses on how companies in Europe and across the world, can improve their own supply chain operations by using RFID technologies and how logistics providers can deliver value to their customers by sharing RFID data.


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Featured Speakers

Gil
Katz




Meredith
Lamborn




Neill
Pawsey




Jon
Graves




Anne
Schweizer




Wolf
Lampe


BLG Logistics group

Nikos
Zarokostas



What You Will Learn From This Track:
• How RFID has decreased the amount of time the company spent on its annual inventory count from two days to only four hours
• The next phase of the system, which will enable Colmobil to expedite the movement of vehicles out of the storage lot
• Improving operational efficiencies with the use of RFID
• How the firm overcame read problems by positioning the tag correctly on the inside of the product

• How to actively manage stock to make sure there are adequate supplies, while eliminating overstocking—a common practice of product manufacturers and reusable packaging providers
• How RFID is being used as tool to offer to customers
• How the system's implementation is expected to significantly reduce operational efforts
• How RFID is being used to reduce the flow of traffic at the seaport terminals


November 3, 2010

14:00—Breakout Session

Auto Importer Uses RFID to Reduce Labor Costs and Expedite Vehicle Movement

Colmobil, Israel's largest automobile importer, is employing an RFID system to decrease labor costs and expedite the processing of those vehicles as they are brought into the country at two ports. The company imports 35,000 to 45,000 cars every year, and sells them at 45 dealerships throughout the nation. The cars are brought into the Port of Eilat and the Port of Ashdod, where they are stored until they can be removed from the port's storage parking lot and shipped to Colmobil's pre-delivery inspection (PDI) facility. At the storage parking lot, each automobile is identified by its vehicle identification number (VIN), printed in text and bar-code form on a sheet of paper glued to the car's rear-left passenger window. The firm permanently fits each new vehicle with a 3/4-inch by 4-inch EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID tag as it is being unloaded from the ship. In this session, learn how the staff uses a handheld computer coupled with an RFID interrogator and a bar-code scanner to locate and confirm they have the correct car before picking it up. Hear how the technology is being utilized to accurately determine final detailing, safety inspections and registration with the motor vehicle license bureau, and to provide that information to customers.


Speaker:
Gil Katz, CIO, Colmobil Corp.

Takeaway:
• How RFID has decreased the amount of time the company spent on its annual inventory count from two days to only four hours
• The next phase of the system, which will enable Colmobil to expedite the movement of vehicles out of the storage lot
14:50—Breakout Session

Driving Down Costs With RFID

Radio frequency identification can play a key role in helping companies manage the inventory of equipment arriving on a construction site, as well as reduce the incidence of theft and improve the tracking of assets. In this session, learn how Magnor Plant (part of the Morgan Est Group) utilizes RFID to help provide modern lifting equipment, safety devices, vehicles and accommodation units to all Morgan Est construction sites. Hear how tagged assets are being instantly scanned using handheld computers, enabling the firm to manage inspection and delivery schedules for each asset. And find out how these systems are helping Magnor effectively manage its inventory and logistics systems.


Speaker:
Neill Pawsey, Project Manager, FIATECH


November 4, 2010

11:15—Breakout Session

Stepping Up Efficiencies—Improving Logistics in the Fashion Industry With RFID

LTC-Logistics (Logistics & Traffic Centre srl) is a third-party logistics company based in Perugia, Italy, specializing in serving the clothing, footwear, luxury goods and accessories industries. In this session, learn how the company is employing RFID-enabled technology in a three-phase project to significantly reduce its total processing time, improve accuracy and streamline various phases of work. During the first phase of the project, the firm filled individual cartons with representative fashion articles that it regularly handles, and loaded them onto pallets with various types and formats of tags in order to verify reading-performance capabilities. After simulating passages at various speeds through the tunnel and gate at the facility for its client's product, LTC-Logistics modified the tag's position within the article to obtain the best read performance. Hear how the company is experiencing increased efficiencies in its current receiving and departure processes, as well as labor savings.


Speaker:
Meredith Lamborn, International Accounts, LTC-Logistics (Logistics & Traffic Centre srl)

Takeaway:
• Improving operational efficiencies with the use of RFID
• How the firm overcame read problems by positioning the tag correctly on the inside of the product
13:30—Breakout Session

Managing Returnable Transit Items (RTIÂ’s) Using RFID

Packaging Logistics Services (PLS), a British provider of plastic pallets and reusable containers, as well as a manager of pallets and containers used by other companies, is employing RFID to track its own assets—while also helping customers to set up RFID tracking for their reusable pallets and containers. PLS has tagged its own products, in addition to installing RFID interrogators at its four European depots (three in the United Kingdom, and one in Germany), and at 16 third-party warehouses that the firm utilizes to ship its pallets and containers throughout Europe. In this session, hear the company's future plans, which include putting readers in customers' warehouses, and enabling them to share information with PLS regarding the movements of containers.


Speaker:
Jon Graves, General Manager, Packaging Logistics Services

Takeaway:
• How to actively manage stock to make sure there are adequate supplies, while eliminating overstocking—a common practice of product manufacturers and reusable packaging providers
• How RFID is being used as tool to offer to customers
14:20—Breakout Session

Using RFID Technology in a Seaport Terminal

Cargo that is too heavy and bulky to be placed in a container and does not move on its own wheels is typically loaded onto roll-on/roll-off (RoRo) vessels by means of special heavy-duty trailers. These trailers, in turn, are handled by a special piece of towing equipment called a "tugmaster." Storage positions of full and empty trailers are manually recorded, resulting in less than optimal control and necessitating significant efforts to localize trailers when the need arises. This session presents an innovative solution being used by a German port operator and its scientific partner. The technology achieves automatic identification and localization by combining passive RFID tags and GPS.


Speakers:
Wolf Lampe, Director, Innovative Seaport Technologies, BLG Logistics group
Anne Schweizer, Research Scientist, Bremen Institute for Production (BIBA)

Takeaway:
• How the system's implementation is expected to significantly reduce operational efforts
• How RFID is being used to reduce the flow of traffic at the seaport terminals
15:10—Breakout Session

Using RFID to Improve Tracking Efficiency and Customer Service

Staff Jeans, a Greek clothing company currently employing radio frequency identification to track apparel at the item level in its factories and DC, is expanding its use of the technology to include value-added services at the point of sale, at the 'firm's flagship store, located in Athens. The company is adding an intelligent-shopping function that works with RFID-enabled in-store video screens, as well as an RFID-based checkout system and an RFID product-authentication solution for returns. Staff Jeans initially implemented RFID in late 2008 for warehouse management (automating its DC's receiving, picking and shipping processes). The retailer expanded the application in early 2010, and now tags all items it produces. Learn how the company has spent the last six months fine-tuning and optimizing the use of mobile readers for its picking and packing processes, as well as optimizing the system for processing the higher volume of tagged goods, and hear how it is now expanding its use of the technology to offer garment information and shopping suggestions at its Athens location.


Speaker:
Nikos Zarokostas, Software Engineer, SENSAP AE



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