Two early pilots were facilitated by Supply Chain Network and carried out in 2003 and 2006 with both representing successful demonstrations of the potential supply chain benefits available through ‘Internet of Things’ implementations.
Key to both of these pilots were RFID enabled pallets and the first project was the SCN Grocery Pilot which was carried out utilizing RFID at the pallet level for automated Distribution Centre (DC) receiving.
A bold statement perhaps, but one borne out of long standing frustration with the slow if not stagnant forward movement towards implementing more sustainable supply chains.
In 1985 I established my first retail store cardboard recycling initiative which not only was good for the environment, but was also a financially lucrative initiative saving the Hudson’s Bay Company $100’s of thousands of dollars annually at that time.
However as more companies came on board such programs, the savings component disappearred; as in the case of cardboard, widespread recycling drove the amount recyclers would pay into the ground due to the resulting oversupply of cardboard.
Fortunately when it comes to the potential for new sustainability initiatives such as lighter composite pallets versus wood pallets and the associated carbon credits, we are only in the early days of such programs and the ability to both monetize potential savings opportunities and at the same time reducing your company’s carbon footprint is now.
Probably one of the most beneficial and noticeable consumer improvements RFID can make in shopping is by virtually eliminating the need to line up for the checkout process. Using contactless checkout with RFID on each item will allow for instant reading of all items to be purchased and then the consumer would just have to make payment.
From GS1.org: “Just like the internet did years ago, RFID-Technology is set to revolutionise people’s life and work these days. Consumers will benefit from better and safer products and services. GS1 EPCglobal has designed this website for you – to find out more about a fascinating technology.” The Discover RFID site has also been established to help consumers learn more about the positive uses of EPC and other RFID technologies. Discover RFID Site Highlights Consumer Benefits
From Discovery Channel: “If you’re tired of hunting through the underbrush in search of your ball, then a new system from RadarGolf might be the answer. Using balls with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking chips built in, the technology allows golfers to home in on that lost ball. Besides saving some money by finding those errant shots, the company says it can improve your game by minimizing penalty strokes and speeding up play. The handheld receiver unit will track down the special balls as long as you’re within about 10 to 30 metres. The receiver sports an LCD screen and a pulsing audio tone that will guide you to your missing ball.” Finding your golfball easier with RFID