Slap'n'ship or internal integration?
September 13, 2004
One of the most-touted benefits of RFID is the automation of supply chain implementations (Wal-Mart's tagging-requirement is a famous example). At the moment, however, integrating RFID in internal processes (e.g. internal storage tracking / warehourse counting etc) seems to lag behind the use of tags in external processes (e.g. sticking a tag on a pallet before shipping to major buyers (Wal-Mart, US Army etc).
In a recent interview with Computerworld, Ray Hagedorn, vice president of business solutions for the IT department in the Sara Lee Foods division, speaks about Sara Lee's experiences with RFID so far:
Which applications will make use of the data that you gather through RFID?
We're a major supplier [to Wal-Mart], and we had to focus on January. If we got too caught up in breaking down the processes and everything else like that at this particular juncture, we were going to waste a lot of time prematurely. So we said, "Let's narrow our focus. Let's learn about the technology."
Are you mostly taking a "slap and ship" approach now?
Absolutely. And if everybody would be honest with you, that's what they're doing.
Posted by andersja