The Benefits of RFID in the Cold Storage Warehouse

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  Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can provide measureable benefits in the cold storage and refrigerated warehousing industry. If RFID is integrated with a warehouse management system, the system will indicate if product requires crossdock movement. RFID can be used to help manage the flow of goods into the warehouse, improve throughput speed of product at the receiving dock and enable greater efficiencies in conveyor systems. When RFID is used, there is no need to place product and pallets in specific assigned locations. RFID minimizes “honeycombing” and helps create a more flexible storage environment. Using RFID with a WMS can help measure productivity in the warehouse, facilitate the return process of damaged or unsellable goods, and improve dock utilization and putaway rates. In addition RFID can enhance fulfillment accuracy, worker productivity and accuracy of the shipping process. RFID can also be used to eliminate the need for physical inventory counts and can reduce cycle counts. Using RFID in the cold storage warehouse reduces the chance of an out-of-stock situation due to misplaced inventory. Cold storage and refrigerated warehouses also benefit from using RFID through reduced employee thefts and errors in shipment placements. In cold storage warehouse operations, it is common to use a two-step putaway process. RFID portals positioned in locations within the warehouse such as at the entry to freezers and an RFID interrogator positioned in the aisle to capture inventory movement helps improve labor productivity, errors due to misplaced inventory and greater operational efficiency. Datex has developed middleware, software that reads RFID tags and relays data to the warehouse management system including the tag location, time and date stamp on entry to the WMS. In business since 1978, Datex has provided software, hardware and service solutions to warehousing, distribution, third party logistics, cold storage, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and other industries across the globe.
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  • 4. RFID Improves Temporary Storage in the Warehouse • No need to place product and pallets in specific assigned locations • Helps create a moreflexible storage environment • Minimizes“honeycombing” (large empty rack slots that exist among filled slots ina rackedwarehouse) • Canbe usedto identify product compatibility problems to alert employees to moveincompatible or hazardous products away from each other
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  • 6. • Improveaccuracyof the shipping process • Increaseworkerproductivity • Enhancefulfillment accuracy • Minimizes errors inplacement of shipments • Eliminate the need for physical inventorycounts • Reduce cyclecounts • Reduce thelikelihood of a stock-out due to misplaced inventory • Enhancesafety stock levels • Improveorder cycletimes and cycleservice levels RFID Benefitsfor Cold Storage Warehouses
  • 7. Eskimo Cold Storage, Gainesville Georgia RFID PROJECTOBJECTIVE • Help prevent misplaced inventoryusing a combination of Jamison RFIDportal and Datex middleware METHODOLOGY • Eskimo Cold Storage uses a two step putaway process • RFIDportal positioned at entryto freezer and RFIDinterrogator positioned in the aisle to capture inventorymovement • Datex middleware reads the RFIDtag and provides tag location, time and date stamp on entryto WMS
  • 8. About Datex Inbusiness for 35+ years Corporateheadquarters inClearwater FL and Montreal Canada Serves clients throughoutNorth America, the Middle East and Latin America Leading developer of innovativeMicrosoft based Supply Chainsoftware solutions includingWMSfor Cold Storage Provides “One Stop Shop” services including: supply chainsoftware Hardware purchase, installation and configuration Professional services Managed services
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