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How Technology Can Help You Improve Supply Chain Visibility

With the advancement of technology in almost every industry across the globe, consumer behavior has changed drastically. Today’s customers want everything fast and at ease. They even want to know the real-time status of their order if it has been done online. This is one of the biggest reasons businesses have started shifting their way of functionality and operation from traditional to tech-based.

By tech-based, we mean businesses have started implementing various types of technologies to increase their work visibility, efficiency, and productivity.

Supply chain visibility

When it comes to the supply chain, there are certain challenges that get solved by implementing technologies in it. Supply chain management is full of complexity at various levels. There are different kinds of hurdles that one needs to overcome on a daily basis.

One of the biggest challenges is the lack of visibility of the product to both the business management and customer as well. Earlier there used to be verbal communication between the parties involved in the transaction of the products. Based on this communication the management and customer used to get information about the delivery status of the product.

Fortunately, this challenge has now been overcome successfully with the help of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology. In this blog, you’ll get to know in brief about the optimum usage of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology.

What is RFID Technology?

Radiofrequency identification technology is also known as RFID. There are three things required in the RFID technology: the first one is an RFID reader, the second one is radio waves and the third one is an RFID tag that sends information to the readers.

It is a technology that makes it possible to quickly extend data collection and controls to locations, users, items, and events where it was previously not feasible. This is due to three characteristics of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) that were previously unavailable.

The Characteristics of RFID

1. No line of sight is required

While using RFID tags it is not necessary for the RFID device to be able to see the tags to read the information on the tags. The tag can be in a box, under packaging, or between parts of the actual product. The RFID reader can still find the tag and retrieve the desired information if it’s not obscured by metal or liquid.

2. Build-in serialization

In addition to each of the same products having a similar identification which a barcode provides each tag has its own unique number. Now you can list specific characteristics of each product as well as its entire cycle history if desired, this makes it easy to determine duplicate items and sort them from oldest to newest.

3. Correct scanning on the first try

Scanning with RFID requires less training, and less preparation and has a much higher capture rate than other methods. This allows for visibility, data capture, automation of inventory, and procedures that were previously not practical.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology Increase Visibility In Supply Chain

  1. With the implementation of RFID technology, all the products get scanned and their information gets stored in the cloud database.
  2. This database that carries accurate information about the products is highly usable and gives extreme benefits to the business owner in terms of making decisions.
  3. The supply chain includes different levels in the delivery of the shipments. At each level, RFID tags pasted on the products get scanned and this provides real-time information to both the customer and as well as to the business management.
  4. With the combination of various other technologies along with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology such as the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI), the real-time condition of the products can also be monitored.

Conclusion

To sum up, radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is a great tool one could use to increase its level of awareness, tracking, and visibility in supply chain management. Real-time information cannot be possible without the implementation of this technology, also in today’s time everyone wants to have access to their ordered shipment thus RFID technology enables providing better customer service and enhances the productivity of the business.

Are you looking to implement radio frequency identification (RFID)  technology into your supply chain business? If yes so please feel free to contact us at support@aeologic.com