Food delivery, especially for frozen items, can be a very daunting task. A lot of factors affect it such as the number of trucks that can be deployed, how much frozen food items a single truck can handle, the necessary delivery time, and so much more.
Owners and suppliers of frozen foods have come up with a way to help them oversee everything and make the planning process simpler, such as the integration of Radio Frequency Identification or RFID Technology.
So, read on for a brief overview of what RFID is and how its application to the frozen food delivery industry has helped greatly.
What exactly is RFID?
RFID is an innovation in technology that allows for a quicker way to collect data through the use of low-power radio waves. It can also help to identify objects and store relevant information, which can be viewed in a dedicated software or application.
How does RFID work?
When RFID is integrated into a business’ asset management system, it will make use of multiple RFID tags which will be attached to items that is required to be tracked. An RFID reader will then collect the radio signals emitted by the RFID tags, which will then be interpreted to display any data that is related to it for the end-user.
Depending on its implementation, RFID can also be used to track the whereabouts of certain assets. This is useful for businesses that deliver various goods and products to distributors or resellers because it will provide them with the ability to monitor every single movement of the delivery route and ensure that these get to where they needed.
In what areas will RFID benefit frozen food delivery services?
Since it is very tricky to manage the delivery of frozen foods, incorporating RFID will help streamline relevant processes and make things more efficient. In general, this innovation will benefit the management of frozen food delivery services. It provide detail information as RFID can help with the inventory of assets – equipment, freezers, raw material, packaging, the product itself, and more.
Manage and monitor existing goods
Inventory is an important aspect to businesses since it helps to monitor its available resources and make sure that they have enough. Going through every single asset can be very tedious, highly time-consuming with the possibility of errors.
To make things simpler and more efficient, RFID tags can be attached to individual assets. These tags can then be “read” by an RFID reader which will eliminate the need to go through all assets manually one at a time. This will ultimately speed up the inventory process.
Offer real-time location of inventory
Apart from making monitoring of the inventory easier, RFID asset tracking can also provide end-users with more transparency on the current location of the frozen foods while they are being delivered.
This will make close monitoring possible and will help keep track of the destinations that a delivery truck has completed and the ones that it still outstanding. Should some delivery items be missing or misplaced, end-users can use dedicated software to locate where it is, mitigating potential loss of both asset and profit.
Provide updated information
RFID can also help frozen food businesses comply with industry standards. Given that frozen foods are naturally perishable, the delivery has to be completed within cerain time considerations together with temperature monitoring because the delivery of these goods must be completed within a stipulated time and temperature variance. There are RFID temperature tags that measures and records temperature within a predetermined frequency like every hour or every 15 mins depending on user requirements. Geo-location of the product items during transport is also possible if required.
Specific expiry dates come with every batch of frozen foods as they are produced, and RFID can help store that information. This will help the end-user identify which food items are still eligible for delivery, which ones need to be delivered soon, and which ones need to be discarded.
There are a lot of things to consider when delivering frozen food since it is very time and temperature sensitive. Business owners or managers need to make sure that they are delivering the right quantity, comply with rigid delivery schedules, guarantee the freshness of frozen products before loading, and ensuring the temperature during delivery is maintained in compliance to industry standards.
But thankfully, RFID helps in making these responsibilities easier thanks to its ability to quickly read, collect, store, and project data.