Supply Chain White Papers

  • State of the Global Supply Chain: The Top Issues Facing Industry Executives for 2016 and Beyond
    Published September 2016
    GT Nexus partnered with researcher YouGov, a global online community of more than four million individuals, to determine where senior manufacturing executives stand on such topics as the technologies—including RFID—and issues that have the most notable impact on the supply chain, their primary challenges and their goals for improvement, and whether or not they have a chief supply chain officer in place to help manage the above. This white paper outlines the results of that research. (14 pages)
  • Embedded RFID for Medical Devices
    Published February 2016
    Embedded RFID has become a game-changing technology that medical manufacturers and health-care providers are using to satisfy some of their most pressing needs. This white paper, from Jadak, identifies key challenges facing manufacturers of medical devices and supplies, and explains how embedded RFID technology is being leveraged to overcome those challenges in a way that enhances safety and reliability, increases revenue and brand equity, and reduces operating costs. (7 pages)
  • Cracking the Code: Deciphering Retail Location-Based Services Technology
    Published February 2016
    Within the last few years, a plethora of new location-based services (LBS) have been created for retail applications. The primary location-based technologies used, whether separately or combined together to create a synergized solution, include RFID, Near Field Communication (NFC), Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS. In this white paper, Boston Retail Partners discusses the potential opportunities available through the installation of LBS in retail. (10 pages)
  • EPCIS: The Standards, Supply Chain Implications and Solution Provider Expertise
    Published August 2015
    The Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) plays a pivotal role in the life-sciences supply chain. The EPCIS standard is a candidate to meet compliance requirements in several markets, and more companies are beginning to rely on it for internal serialized data communication. TraceLink's executives have been integrally involved with the development of EPCIS guidelines for use within life sciences, providing regulatory and technical expertise in four GS1 working groups. The company discusses its solution that supports the use of EPCIS between internal systems and trade partners at the packaging line, enterprise and network levels, offering flexible integration and data translation and transport capabilities. (4 pages)
  • Food Traceability: Solving the Imperative of Compliance
    Published November 2014
    With the steep increase in FDA food recalls, every second required to respond could mean the difference in consumers' health, and result in the loss of millions of dollars. Honeywell Scanning & Mobility explains how technology-based traceability systems, utilizing mobile computers, scanners and label printers, provide substantial advantages over pen-and-paper methods for small and large businesses in the food chain. Automated track-and-trace systems improve productivity, increase consumer safety and brand protection, and enable compliance with government regulations. (7 pages)
  • The 2014 MHI Annual Industry Report: Innovations That Drive Supply Chains
    Published May 2014
    Deloitte and MHI discuss what executives think about several emerging innovations, including the use of RFID, that could dramatically impact tomorrow's supply chains, as well as the barriers to adoption. (27 pages)
  • Operational Excellence by RFID
    Published April 2014
    Fashion retailers around the world are using RFID to improve operational excellence and the shopping experience. Clothing industry consultancy Tailorit explains how companies are utilizing the technology to record, check and distribute vast quantities of items in mere seconds, without any visual contact, thereby speeding up goods flows, reducing costs and boosting sales. (11 pages)
  • Drive Value Across Your Supply Chain With Chip-Based RFID Serialization
    Published November 2013
    As major retailers deploy item-level RFID and require their suppliers to do the same, brand owners must find a low-cost, reliable way to implement serialization. Because this concept is new for most suppliers, it has the potential to disrupt existing packaging and labeling business processes, especially when the supply chain extends across geographical boundaries. Zebra Technologies explains why chip-based RFID serialization offers a simpler, more cost-effective solution for deploying item-level tagging (7 pages)
  • The Need for Global Standards and Solutions to Combat Counterfeiting
    Published November 2013
    This white paper, from GS1, provides insights into the increasing threats posed by counterfeit and illicit trade, and outlines how the organization's global standards, services and solutions can play a vital role in counteracting the problem. The report highlights key emerging trends and deceptive practices, and discusses how to secure global supply chains against the threats of counterfeit goods, through greater visibility, traceability and transparency. (24 pages)
  • Data-Collection Solutions Are No Longer Optional: Technology Adoption Survey Results
    Published November 2013
    Supply Chain Services and Motorola Solutions asked DC Velocity and Supply Chain Quarterly to conduct a survey of their readerships, regarding the current and future uses of automated data-collection solutions. Companies across multiple industries responded, with manufacturing, wholesale distribution, warehousing, transportation and retail companies most represented. In this white paper, Richard J. Sherman, the president of Gold & Domas Research, interprets the surveys' findings. (11 pages)
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