Supply Chain White Papers

  • Using RAIN RFID Technology to Fulfill the FDA's UDI Regulation and Improve the Health-Care Supply Chain
    Published May 2018
    The FDA passed a regulation in 2013 mandating the identification of medical devices using a UDI labeling system. Device manufacturers and hospitals are now realizing the benefits emerging from this mandate in terms of patient safety, clinical outcomes, operational efficiencies, cost savings and revenue capture. This paper, from VUEMED's Arnold Chazal and Lana Makhanik, illustrates how RAIN RFID can satisfy the UDI mandate and transform the health-care supply chain. (6 pages)
  • Hospital Supply Chain Survey
    Published April 2018
    Operating rooms require better supply chain management systems and analytics to help reduce costs and support patient safety, according to a new Cardinal Health survey of surgical personnel and hospital supply chain decision-makers. This document details the results of that survey. (31 pages)
  • Supplier Collaboration: Necessary or Needless?
    Published November 2017
    As the business climate rapidly changes, companies are seeking out ways to leverage greater efficiency in their operations. One key area of interest is supplier collaboration, which is when two or more autonomous firms work jointly to plan and execute operations. Radley Corp. explains why there are advantages to fostering closer supplier relationships, and how collaboration can impact the bottom line. (10 pages)
  • Life Sciences Industry Vision: Laboratory Automation Through a Smart Inventory-Management System
    Published October 2017
    As the life sciences industry continues to grow, there is an emergent trend toward the need for a real-time, automated, integrated supply chain based on the concept of a smart inventory-management system utilizing UHF RFID technology. The industry is burdened with manual and outdated processes that create difficulties for personnel and company operations. Terso Solutions explains why it is important to determine proactive, value-based solutions that create significant changes in workflows and efficiencies. (8 pages)
  • 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)
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