Start by Imagining This: An RFID portal at your warehouse/DC dock door reads data on RFID tags (“what or who are you?”), applied at the supplier source, and simultaneously, from cartons, pallets or other types of containers as they are unloaded from the truck. RFID provides immediate verification (“this is who I am”) of all the contents of the load and real-time visibility. Data is transferred to your warehouse management system (WMS). The WMS then reconciles the product received against open purchase orders. It identifies those items that can be cross-docked (“tagged” against open customer orders) and those that can be staged for stock put-away.
Howard W. Coleman has worked with over 145 clients in distribution management and manufacturing consulting engagements.