IT INTEGRATION & NETWORKING
Supply chain network can be strategically designed in such a way as to reduce the cost of the supply chain, 80% of supply chain costs are in fact determined by location and the flow of product between the facilities. Supply chain network design is referred to a 'Network Modelling', to optimize the supply chain network.
Systems integration is available to allow the data flow to circulate from one side to another of the business, from the request to the delivery of the products passing through a 3PL if necessary, less manual intervention translates into fewer errors.
The use of barcodes and radio frequency has simplified the supply chain and the inventory control throughout the last decades with reliable programs driving efficiency that translates into cost savings. Barcode technology continues to evolve, reinventing itself to solve a wide array of business problems and challenges.
RFID is synonymous with track-and-trace solutions, and has a critical role to play in supply chains. RFID is a code-carrying technology, and can be used in place of a barcode to enable non-line of sight-reading. Deployment of RFID was earlier inhibited by cost limitations but the usage is now increasing.
Barcoding is a common and cost-effective method used to implement traceability at both the item and case-level. Variable data in a barcode or a numeric or alphanumeric code format can be applied to the packaging or label. The secure data can be used as a pointer to traceability information and can also correlate with production data such as time to market and product quality.