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Does your company need a better way to keep track of inventory and supplies in the warehouse? Do you need more transparency into what’s happening to your shipments in transit? Do you want to boost sales performance and make customers happier?
Radio frequency identification (RFID) asset tracking can help. With RFID asset tracking, you always know exactly where your inventory is and get detailed information about what you have at your fingerprints in an instant. RFID tech will cut costs by boosting worker productivity and can improve sales performance and customer service, too. Here’s what your company can get out of implementing RFID asset tracking.
If there’s one thing you always need more of in shipping and logistics, it’s transparency. Where is your late shipment? What happened to your shipment while it was in transit? Was it dropped and damaged or potentially exposed to temperatures it can’t handle? RFID asset tracking can answer these questions.
RFID asset tracking tags can help you know exactly where items are in your warehouse or on your store shelves. But that’s not the only information you’ll get. You can choose RFID asset tracking tags that offer GPS tracking functionality, so you can see where your items are no matter where they are in the supply chain.
You can also get impact and shock data loggers that will let you know if your shipment has been exposed to any impacts, vibrations, or other potentially damaging forces. You can even get temperature-sensing RFID tags that can track the temperature your shipments are kept at — they’re a lifesaver for shipping perishable foods, medicines, and other things that need to be kept consistently within a given temperature range to keep them viable.
With these kinds of tracking tags, you can get the data you and your clients need to feel confident about your goods. You’ll know if something has potentially been damaged in shipment, and you can take action that will preserve your relationship with that customer — like warning them that the shipment has been subjected to a heavy impact, for example, and needs to be carefully inspected and perhaps repaired. That kind of honesty and transparency can go a long way towards strengthening your relationships with customers and vendors.
When you use RFID asset tracking to bring shipments in and out of your facilities, you’re eliminating a lot of manual work that would have gone into unpacking pallets, looking for and scanning barcodes, and even wandering around looking for a needed item in the warehouse. With RFID tracking technology, entire shipments can be scanned in at once by simply passing the scanner over them a single time.
That’s because you don’t need to rely on getting your sensor where it can “see” the RFID tag, because it doesn’t need a line of sight with the tag in order to read the tag. It can pick up the signal your RFID tracking tags are broadcasting simply by being within a certain distance of the tags (how far will depend on your specific tags and whether they’re active or inert).
Employees won’t need to spend tedious hours scanning inventory and transcribing shipment information into your records. Their time will be freed up for more complex, but more interesting, work. Freed from mundane tasks, your employees will be happier and more engaged at work. You may even be able to get by with fewer warehouse employees with much of your inventory process automated.
Boosted Sales Performance
If you run a storefront, you know the unique disappointment that can come when you have to tell a customer that the item they want is out of stock. That’s a lost sale, because the customer will likely go somewhere else to get the item rather than waiting to see if you restock it. But you have to walk a thin line between keeping just enough of popular items in stock and keeping too many — most companies can’t afford to tie up cash in stock that isn’t moving.
With RFID tracking technology, you’ll always know exactly how much of something you have — and when to order more. That can reduce or eliminate the number of sales you lose because you don’t have a popular item in stock. You can even make sure that you have items in stock for online orders being picked up, and you’ll get more accuracy in pick-and-pack processes, too. All of that means increased sales and more revenue.
RFID asset tracking technology can do so much to improve your warehousing and logistics processes. Bring it into your organization now, and outpace your competition.