Use Cases Transportation Supply Chain Visibility

Supply Chain Visibility

Supply chain visibility solutions provide visibility into the movement of raw materials, components, and finished goods from suppliers to manufacturers to the final buyer. Solutions are typically built on a centralized cloud-based platform that integrates data from multiple systems, including those those of partners. Technologies such as Smart Sensors, RFID, and digital ledger protocols can enable additional functionality. For example, digital ledger technology can keep logs of all transactions occurring on the network in a secure way, while providing supply chain partners with access to specific data. Visibility solutions can enhance the efficiency and transparency of supply chains, record the quantity and transfer of products as they change hands between supply chain nodes, track change orders and buy orders, process shipment notifications, manage trade documents and receipts, link physical products to Bar Codes, and share information about processing or manufacturing processes with suppliers, logistics providers, and customers.
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Retail Uses RFID to Enable Cold Chain Monitoring
Retail Uses RFID to Enable Cold Chain Monitoring
Like most grocery retailers, Hy-Vee is faced with the challenge of providing the highest quality products to its shoppers. Shoppers want the longest possible shelf life from perishable products and expect a consistent product experience each time they shop. Controlling the quality of products sold leads to shopper loyalty, which is of paramount importance to the success of Hy-Vee. Before products arrive in stores, Hy-Vee's distribution centers (DCs) handle items including dairy products, fresh meats, seafood, deli items, produce and frozen goods, all of which have different temperature needs and sensitivities. During transit from suppliers to DCs, Hy-Vee has limited visibility and temperature management abilities due to large amount of supplier managed transportation. For instance, during a week-long transit, a supplier's carrier equipment may malfunction, causing an item to thaw and then refreeze once repairs are made. Hy-Vee sought help from TempTRIP, an RFID solution provider that focuses on shipping, storage, receiving, and temperature control. TempTRIP's EPC RFID tags use Impinj chips to monitor and report temperature readings throughout the shipping and receiving process. The tags can also be re-configured and re-used, a unique feature within the current market of temperature monitoring devices.
Improving Recycling Collection Performance
Improving Recycling Collection Performance
In 2015, HFTH, members of the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods (WNYCDG) and the City of Buffalo diverted 4,800 tons of unwanted clothing and textiles for reuse. In an age of growing consumerism, HFTH’s ambition is to provide even greater support for the homeless. Its management team’s aim is to expand their recycling and collection capabilities, with the goal of achieving zero waste to landfill from its operation. HFTH was founded in 1990, starting out with a small number of recycling collection containers around the WNY area. Nick Calandra, COO and Corporate Secretary of HFTH, describes the management of those containers saying, “We personally checked every container and it was easy to memorize locations and estimate fill speeds in order to organize our truck routes and collections.” However, as the organization grew and the collection points spread across a wider area, manual logistics planning became more complex and efficiency dropped. It got to the point where containers were being emptied when only 30% full, simply because they were located on the regular collection routes. HFTH sought a solution that would allow them to scale operations, optimize collections and, wherever possible, automatically adjust routes to maximize collection efficiency.
Multifunctional labels in Steel Service Centers
Multifunctional labels in Steel Service Centers
Until 2007, the Kerschgens Group handled the processes that involve moving goods into and out of stock like many companies in the industry. The daily work of the logistics personnel was characterised by delivery lists and slips of paper. However, the market is changing, and so are the requirements. Whereas the company used to sell mainly standard products, the need arose to put together orders made up from many different individual parts. And working with lots of bits of paper frequently led to time being spent on searching and errors with goods movements. A new concept had to be developed to optimise the process

The GPS Tracking Device System Market is expected to grow at USD 2.53 billion by 2023, at 11.9% of CAGR between 2017 and 2023.

Source: Market Research Future

What is the business value of this IoT use case and how is it measured?
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What business value do shipment tracking technology?

It enables shippers to be in control of their transportation and locate freight at any point in its journey.

How can IoT based shipment tracking and monitoring solutions help your supply chain?

- Improved product quality and consistency

- Decreased  in warehousing and storage costs

- Reduced impact of stock outs

- Staying pro-active during supply chain disruptions

- Reduced product shrinkage and insurance costs

- Trade route analysis

- Lower Labor Costs

- Improved Brand Protection

 

Which technologies are used in a system and what are the critical technology?
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How is shipping tracking technology made up?

It is made up of three things: sensors, connectivity, and applications. 

Sensors make it possible to know the location of your containers, and the connectivity piece (which is particularly difficult when at sea) transmits that location data back to an application. Often shipping companies will pull the location data out of an API and put it into their logistics platform, where the data can be analyzed.

Which systems enable to control transportation?

Track and trace features are available on a transportation management system (TMS). With this technology, companies have insight into carrier performance, transportation costs, and market trends as they manage their logistics. 

 

What data is obtained by the system and what are the critical data management decision points?
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How is data obtained by the system?

There are different ways like BLE tags, GPS or WiFi.

 

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