IDII Software Newsletter
- Volume 4, Number 16
For PROFESSIONALS in Software
for Warehousing, Logistics, and Supply Chain.
Software Company Innovations
Regarding RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
Many WMS, TMS, and ERP companies are moving forward to enable their
customers to roll-out RFID tag functionality. The WMS leaders have been
in motion (development) already and now ready to deliver! Here's
what's happening -
Manhattan Associates announced a new Microsoft-Based RFID Solution. This solution utilizes Microsoft technology by leveraging Microsoft's
Internet Information Services
(IIS), Microsoft's SQL Server technology, and Microsoft's Windows
CE for handheld device interfaces.
RFID will be about more than tags and
readers," said Eric Peters, senior vice president, products and strategy
at Manhattan Associates. "RFID is the convergence of SCE applications and
RFID technologies, a convergence that delivers true value in the
supply chain. We can now offer the first solution that allows companies
to print RFID-tagged labels
on ePC Class 1 compliant printers, a major step in facilitating
the widespread adoption of RFID technology."
The RFID solution also includes:
Purchase order management functionality;
Radio frequency (RF) functionality leveraging Windows CE for hand-held devices;
Full packing capabilities, quality audits and event updates;
Advance Ship Notice (ASN) compliance;
Shipping management; and
RFID Event Management and Visibility functionality.
Software introduces "RFIDware", a new product solution for Wal-Mart
suppliers and others needing to comply with the retail giant's January
2005 deadline for RFID compliance. RFIDware is Provia's stand-alone
RFID kit, which will enable product suppliers and 3PLs with an existing
WMS, ERP or host system to become RFID compliant. Available for general
release later this year, Provia's RFIDware is an EPC standards compliant
solution for companies that need to ship RFID compliant product to
vendors requiring RFID tracking of inbound pallets and cases.
How Provia's RFIDware Works - Routed orders requiring RFID
compliance are sent to the RFIDware station in the distribution
center. The appropriate RFID tag and label (often the printed label
contains the tag) are applied.
Data about the shipment (order information, carton contents, etc.)
is associated to the RFID tag and the information is then sent to
the end retailer. Once
tagged, the product is shipped to the retailer with full RFID compliance.
Logility (Nasdaq: LGTY) announced its plans to support full
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) compliance across its supply
chain planning, warehouse and logistics products. Logility
Voyager WarehousePRO(R) will initially support RFID technology within
the warehouse at the carton, pallet and container level to streamline
the shipment of goods to retail customers and accelerate the receipt
of products into distribution centers. RFID support will
be included in the standard WarehousePRO product, with general availability
anticipated for 2004. Future Logility Voyager Solutions(TM)
will use built-in RFID support to dramatically improve visibility
of order status, track the movement and distribution of inventory
and accelerate product replenishment across the supply chain to provide
a competitive advantage in meeting consumer demand.
Logility is working with BISSELL to deploy a rollout plan for
RFID technology. "Our goal is to work with Logility to
enable BISSELL to not only meet the pallet-level RFID compliance objectives
required by our customers, but also lay the foundation for greater visibility
and real-time collaboration across our entire supply
chain," said Terry Yax, director of IT at BISSELL. With the anticipated
future cost of one penny for each RFID tag, BISSELL can consider attaching a
tag to each item, such as a vacuum, replacement bag, or carpet cleaner. Item-level
RFID tags will enable the company to see inventory across a range of environments
at the most-granular levels, providing BISSELL's retail customers the opportunity
to always have stock on the shelf. For example, a local retailer may only have
floor space for four
BISSELL LITTLE green(R) cleaners. When the floor stock reaches two units,
RFID tag can automatically send a replenishment signal to the stockroom. This
alert signal sets off a chain of events, including proactively notifying the
distribution center to replenish the specific store-level stockroom, which may
in turn signal a proactive replenishment order to BISSELL, the supplier.
Within a distribution center, companies can benefit by incorporating
RFID technology into their yard management processes, enabling cross docking
and order fulfillment decisions to begin as soon as a truck or railcar enters
a yard. For example, upon arrival and prior to docking, a RFID reader could communicate
with the RFID tags on the cartons, pallets and containers in the carrier and
identify the shipment number, seal number, purchase order number, carrier ID
and trailer number, plus item-level information including SKU number, lot number,
manufacturing dates, expiration dates, serial numbers and quantities. The information
could be communicated to other systems to quickly identify out-of-stock issues,
expedite placement to a dock door, notify product managers that new items have
arrived, make orders available for re-allocation in the case of back order fulfillment,
plus many other inventory-related actions.
More RFID Developments by Software Vendors in Next Issue! - Phil Obal
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