Behind the Technology Driving Connected Supply Chains

Jason Ivy, Sr. Manager of Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions

March 23, 2018

These days, supply chain management isn’t just about ensuring that goods get where they’re going, but that businesses are working more efficiently than ever before. I often receive questions like, “How can we predict demand and supply forecasts?” or “How can we prevent line-down situations on assembly equipment?”

Cargo ship on the ocean

Like many things in today’s world, the answers lie with technology. In the age of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), we now have the power to create a network of data about the physical items around us.

These systems give us powerful insight into the way our businesses work and how we can optimize our operations. For instance, an AI solution could use predictive analytics to manage a network of automated guided vehicles (AGV) for warehouse automation. An IoT solution could tell you where every pallet, package, and parcel in your supply chain was in real-time.

With 70% of retail and manufacturing companies already initiating their digital supply chain transformation, it’s clear these types of solutions will define how we deliver the connected supply chains of the future.

But what enables this level of connectivity? What provides the link between our digital and physical worlds that makes this sort of data collection possible? Increasingly, business are finding that RAIN RFID is a key part in connecting items to the digital systems driving our supply chains.

By providing the identity, location, and authenticity of machinery, packages, pallets, and more, RAIN RFID platforms deliver the item intelligence needed to integrate IoT capabilities into ERP, WMS, and TMS systems. This real-time data can then be pushed into machine learning systems to build the type of predictive analytics today’s businesses need to work competitively, and effectively, in a fast-paced world.  

The details of how these systems connect and the possibilities they reveal will be the topic of many MODEX tracks, including the Connected Warehouse™ panel, where I will be participating alongside other industry leaders. I encourage you to join me for the discussion on Monday, April 9, from 2:30-3:15.

If you’d like to dive deeper in person, I also encourage you to stop by the Impinj booth #C2368, or better yet, schedule a meeting with us at the show.

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Impinj (NASDAQ: PI) wirelessly connects billions of everyday items such as apparel, medical supplies, and automobile parts to consumer and business applications such as inventory management, patient safety, and asset tracking. The Impinj platform uses RAIN RFID to deliver timely information about these items to the digital world, thereby enabling the Internet of Things.

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