The implementation of RFID technology has improved operational efficiency and productivity in distribution centers and warehouses around the world. RFID technology typically complements data capture technology (like barcodes) already utilized in warehouse and distribution centers.
IT managers are seriously exploring how RFID technology can be integrated into warehouse management systems (WMS) in order to increase efficiency in warehouse management. The challenges for IT managers are:
Examine operational flows to find efficient ways for implementing wireless technology in supply-chain and warehouse management
Prepare the facility in order to make the move to wireless warehouse technology. For example,
Consider things like racking and aisle placement, bin ranking and numbering (for primary and secondary storage areas), and labeling the bins with barcode labels
Ensure that the warehouse is properly equipped with RF access points, antennas, and
Update the product information in computer software
Align the warehouse software for interfacing with primary business software
Procure (after considering different options) equipments such as RF/barcodes scanners, portable as well as heavy duty printers, and the appropriate type of labels.
RFID-based warehouse management brings several benefits that can eliminate current drawbacks with the help of advanced scanning that improves supply-chain visibility and agility for greater operational efficiency.