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Leading-edge firms are improving their supply chains and logistics operations, including warehouse management, by taking advantage of the greater visibility that RFID data provides. In this track, hear from some companies that have successfully deployed RFID-based systems, and learn about their best practices.

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May 1, 2013

1:30 PM—Track Session
Serialization and Traceability: What It Takes to Pilot
Preparing to pilot serialization and traceability with your wholesale distributor presents many challenges. Learn how McKesson worked with manufacturers to test products and processes within a serialized environment. Hear how the company faced a number of issues, including serialization at the item, case and container levels; the aggregation of individual units to a case, and of cases to a container managing serialized data; data exchange; and more.
Kevan MacKenzie, Senior Solutions Analyst, Business Technology Solutions Group, McKesson
2:20 PM—Track Session
Improving Inventory Control and Security in Records Management Via RFID
The management of information assets is becoming more critical within corporations and government agencies. Traditional bar-code-based tracking for files, tapes and boxes of material is proving to be incompatible with new and enhanced security, accountability and risk mitigation applications. Learn how Recall Corp. is using radio frequency identification for records management, making 100 percent inventory audits a feasible reality.
Jonathan Poole, RFID Manager, Recall Corporation
• The evolution of RFID utilization from the file box level in 2007 to the individual file level in 2012 and beyond
• How RFID is being used to perform more frequent information audits
3:10 PM—Track Session
Lowering the Cost of Managing Inventory With RFID
The purchasing division of Florida's Seminole County has attached EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags to 10,000 of its most valuable assets, so that it can swiftly conduct inventory throughout its 130 facilities and offices. The solution reduces the costs of managing inventory to the county by 34 percent, and also decreases costs to the managers of other county departments that utilize those same assets. Learn how the system also locates underused assets during spot-checks, thereby enabling them to be put to work in another location, or be sold.
Betsy J. Cohen, C.P.M., CPPO, CPPB, Procurement Administrator, Purchasing and Contracts Office, Seminole County Government
• How the cost of operating the procurement office is being decreased through the use of RFID
• The importance of utilizing a variety of RFID tags in a range of sizes, some ruggedized for outdoor weather, to suit the equipment to which they are applied
4:00 PM—Track Session
Open-Source and Off-the-Shelf: Using UHF RFID Technology to Reduce Costs and Improve Efficiency
Although high-frequency (HF) RFID has become the library vendor supplier standard in the United States, EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID has much more to offer libraries. The Grand Rapids Public Library believes it is the first public system in North America to implement UHF RFID, enabling it to speed up checkout, use real-time check-in, provide security and manage inventory. By opting for UHF technology, the library can attain an RFID solution that works faster and more efficiently, takes up less space and costs less. The technology consists of fixed and handheld readers, tags on all library materials, and open-source software designed by the library's IT department to manage RFID read data and integrate it with the existing library-management system. Learn how UHF RFID technology automates the check-in of library materials (with an RFID reader in the return box), manages checkout more quickly (a stack of materials can be read simultaneously) and provides a security gate that not only interrogates the tags of any unchecked-out items being removed from the library, but also identifies them for the staff. In addition, hear how the system verifies that all parts of multi-piece media are present at checkout and check-in, while also enabling personnel to locate or inventory materials on the shelves using a handheld reader or a portable interrogator on a wheeled cart.
Marla Ehlers, Assistant Director, Grand Rapids Public Library
• The ROI of employing RFID library materials handling instead of more traditional methods
• The inventory-management benefits of the longer read range offered by UHF tags, which enables the system to identify multiple items from a distance rather than just single items at close range
• The security benefits of having the solution not only trigger an alarm, but also identify items leaving the building that have not been checked out

May 2, 2013

9:00 AM—Track Session
RTLS Technology Helps Company Streamline Warehouse Operations
Zebra Technologies wanted to streamline operations at its North American warehouse, and initiated systems and processes to support its overall business transformation. After identifying opportunities at the warehouse to enhance operations, the firm deployed a real-time locating system (RTLS) to inform associates picking items of the proper staging area, thereby allowing for greater flexibility in staging, as well as a reduction in labor costs. The system has delivered a quick return on investment and cost savings to the company. Learn how Zebra is using the RTLS technology at its North American warehouse, to quickly locate and ship products to customers faster than before.
Gary Meekma, Senior Manager, Warehouse Operations, Zebra Technologies
9:45 AM—Track Session
Using RFID to Track and Sort Commercial Laundry
Like many other industrial laundry companies, Village Uniform and Linen searched for a solution that would enable the firm to efficiently manage the volume of items traveling to and from customers. Most such businesses not only provide cleaning services, but also products—such as floor mats, linens or uniforms. On a regular basis, a delivery worker picks up the soiled items, transports them to a location for laundering and sorting, and then returns them, cleaned and ready for use. Learn how Village Uniform and Linen installed interrogators at the facility's entrance, for use when soiled items are first received, and at various locations during the cleaning, sorting and shipping processes. Hear how the technology is used to track when and how often each item is laundered, as well as ensure that the proper garments are loaded onto the correct trucks once cleaning is completed.
Scott Meyer, Owner, Village Uniform and Linen
• How the firm uses its facility as a laboratory, constantly testing new solutions with RFID to further improve operational efficiency
• How Village Uniform and Linen is expanding the system to benefit other laundry and cleaning companies worldwide

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