Monthly Archives: March 2007

New RFID Tag Speeds Checkout with Privacy

The below video shows a demonstration by IBM of the clipped RFID hang tag for clothing manufactured by Marnlen RFID of Toronto.

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Wal-Mart, Suppliers Affirm RFID Benefits

From RFID Journal: “Wal-Mart Stores remains fully committed to its use of radio frequency identification in its supply chain, and is already seeing quantifiable benefits, says Simon Langford, Wal-Mart’s director of transportation and RFID. Several of the retailer’s leading suppliers … Continue reading

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NACDS 2007 Supply Chain & Logistics Conference

Staples Business Depot (Canada) Demonstrates Benefits of RFID (presentation) 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Staples Business Depot, the Canadian subsidiary of the international office-products retailer, completed an end-to-end supply-chain pilot in 2006 with a group of its vendors to their … Continue reading

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Near Field Communications Coming Soon!

Near Field Communications or NFC is coming, and expected to be widely available in handheld devices over the next few years. NFC provides mobile devices with RFID capability and NFC standards have been developed to allow these devices to capture … Continue reading

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RFID Results for SCN Project with Staples

From RFID Journal: ” The results of a three-month pilot program launched by Staples Business Depot are in. Several of the project’s successes were revealed at the RFID Journal Industry Summits conference in Chicago this week. Among them: The 270-store … Continue reading

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The Logistician as Infomediary

The information age is now squarely upon us and anyone who is not welcoming it with open arms and developing strategies to cope and prosper in this new reality may wish to take their head out of the sand before … Continue reading

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Logistics Can Shine in Lean Times

In the depths of the 1982 recession, I joined The Hudson’s Bay Company in an entry level logistics role. It was actually quite disturbing as the quarterly reports continued to roll out with headlines like “Bay Bleeds $ 300 million” … Continue reading

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Electronic Catalogues Foundation for RFID & SCM

Supply chains consist of the ongoing flow of products from source to end point consumption with many potential network types, storage locations and transport routings to support distibution of these products. The operative word in this discussion is products as … Continue reading

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Finding the Sweet Spot

Tennis and golf are on the minds of many at this time of year. One of the secrets for success in both of these games is to find and consistently hit the ball with the sweet spot of your racket … Continue reading

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Shake Up Your Supply Chain!

Are things getting a bit stale in your supply chain? Perhaps not alot has changed over the last several years, only the odd customer complaint. Budgets have been stable with only regular inflationary adjustments year over year. The company is … Continue reading

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Is RFID the Missing Supply Chain Link?

The more I investigate and learn about Radio Frequency Identification technology, the more I believe that it truly is the “missing link” when it comes to management of the world’s supply chains. In 1985 the concept of Quick Response (QR) … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for RFID?

Not long ago, we asked Is radio frequency identification ready for prime time?. Now the question becomes Are you ready for radio frequency identification ? If you’ve not started investigating radio frequency identification technology and how it can be applied … Continue reading

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Lowest Cost Logistics

Expense saving strategies for the logistician For those firms who have yet to wring all possible benefits from their supply chain, significant low hanging benefit opportunities may be waiting in the Logistics area. This is especially true in the growing … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Fate of Commoditization

Companies in all facets of Logistics and Supply Chain need to be very concerned about commoditization. Simply put, when the service or product provided by a firm can be supplied equally well by a number of other firms, then that … Continue reading

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Site Selection is not a Simple Matter

So you’ve determined the best geographic location for your logistics warehouse or distribution center and now all you have to do is find any available site and get building. Well that sounds simple, but truly selecting the right site for … Continue reading

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Is Wal-Mart About to Reinvent Retailing?

Radical uses for RFID Wal-Mart has big plans for RFID and some of the applications they are anticipating RFID will support will no less than reinvent the retail business model as we now know it. On June 14th, 2006 The … Continue reading

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Distance Learning in Logistics

With the advent and rapid growth of Distance Learning in Logistics, learning more about topics in Logistics and Supply Chain Management has never been easier or more affordable than today. When I first got involved with logistics, there wasn’t even … Continue reading

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Supply Chain Management Simplified

Many practitioners are currently coming to grips with the meaning of supply chain management and are ambitiously setting about implementing it in both the internal and external portions of their supply chains. For those of you still struggling with the … Continue reading

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