RFID: An Ideal Method For Cross-Docking
In a recent interview with RFID im Blick, the Automotive Development Manager at logistics service provider DSV Road, Paul Claessen, spoke about the usefulness of standardized RFID in cross-docking processes.
RFID is already a big part of many internal logistics operations departments within the automotive industry, but Claessen thinks this optimization should be extended to the supply chain as well, and hopes the automotive industry will get on board soon.
DSV boasts more than 450 customers, including car manufacturers such as BMW, Audi, Volvo, and GM. With 20 logistics centers in Europe alone, they are well positioned to see where operational gains can be made.
RFID Could Boost Speed And Overall Performance
Claessen believes that RFID in the supply chain could make their work more reliable and faster, but some technological development is still lacking for this to be a reality.
A small shipping error can have a big effect in his industry. For example, he says that if a small part goes to the wrong site, an assembly line could end up coming to a standstill that could cost hundreds of thousands of Euros, making such an investment in technology well worth it.
He says that standardized RFID labels could solve problems created by the different data formats used in the many barcodes that vary from company to company. Standardized RFID labels would help boost the efficiency and security of cross-docking.
Claessen also cites the continued use of paperwork as another problematic aspect. He says that besides being outdated, it’s not a very secure way of doing things. To combat this, his firm offers discounts for paperless deliveries.