Public reporting on the status of Wal-Mart’s RFID efforts has been highly misleading, according to an RFID Deployment Best Practices study conducted by the ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, MA). ARC talked to 24 companies that were actively investing in EPC RFID (Electronic Product Code Radio Frequency Identification), to comply with Wal-Mart
American manufacturers are spending more of their logistics budgets than ever before on the services of third-party logistics providers (3PLs). According to the 13th annual study released by Accenture and Northeastern University, American manufacturers allocated 40% of their 2003 logistics operating budgets to 3PLs, compared with between 19% and 30% in the prior four years. Even more startling, 80% of manufacturers are also utilizing 3PLs to help manage their supply chains overseas. With this kind of growth
Think you’ll be able to get away with paying for RFID chips or tags and then be done with the cost of implementing this new technology? Think again. That’s the message of a report by Larry Shutzberg, CIO of consumer packaging, promotional display and recycled paperboard manufacturer Rock-Tenn Co., that appears in InformationWeek. While there’s been a lot of talk about the purchase of chips or tags as the chief cost of an RFID system, Shutzberg points out that implementing a fully functional system will mean multiple ongoing expenses.