Case Study No.0008
Integrating RFID into a barcode
only distribution center
A large DVD/CD distributor needed to integrate RFID into its current
barcode only distribution process to meet a mandate.
How to integrate RFID to meet the mandate and still receive some
value from the process.
Label formats needed to be rewritten to add the RFID content.
There were many choices in the RFID arena. Which direction should
the customer go?
When we entered the door, the customer’s staff had a few
ideas to meet this mandate with minimal cost, but no ROI. One of
these ideas was a slap-and-ship deployment. This particular slap-and-ship
deployment was to occur at the dock and required a verification
of the tag after application. The solution would have utilized pre-encoded
RFID tags and a handheld device with a small piece of software.
None of this information was to be used in their system for tracking
purposes. This solution added processes to their system and provided
no ROI. In with AIDEA’s technical and sales staff. Using our
close relationship with Zebra Technologies, we had the perfect solution.
By placing an RFID printer at the shipping station and utilizing
the existing shipping label process, print and encode an RFID shipping
label. The efficiencies of this solution included:
- Utilizing existing processes and people to print and apply the
- Using Zebra’s printer to encode the RFID tag, there was
no need for an additional verification step to meet the mandate.
- The information in the tag can now be client specific instead
of a pre-encoded serialized tag and will be tracked without any
- An easy upgrade path to integrating the RFID tag into the shipping
label when the need arises to ship more product with RFID.
- Zebra’s R110XIII RFID printer
- Alien’s Squiggle RFID tags 96 bit
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