For businesses that deal in commercial goods, logistics can become rather complicated and wearisome for those that manage it. A multitude of factors can hinder its efficiency, starting from the manufacturing plant to the designated destinations. Add in refrigeration to the mix and things just become much more complicated and challenging.
Thankfully, RFID technology makes this additional problem a non-issue. With its many benefits like enhanced inventory accuracy and efficiency, real-time notifications of inventory movement and levels, and boosting the speed of delivery – it helps make cold chain management more simple, manageable, and better optimised.
Read on to find out the three different ways in which RFID can help to improve cold chain logistics.
Maintains the product’s freshness
The additional requirement that perishable goods possess, which is the requirement of an optimally cool environment, means they must be delivered under ideal temperatures with speed. These temperatures must never fluctuate beyond the acceptable ranges of the product being transported. Other factors must also be addressed on top of this condition, such as adequate protection against contaminants.
With the introduction and aid of RFID asset tracking in cold storage logistics, it’s possible to address this extra prerequisite. By attaching temperature-sensitive RFID tags to each perishable item, monitoring their storage conditions during their transportation has become easier.
These tags are designed to be able to function even under extremely low temperatures. Thus, they can record and monitor the products’ status and wirelessly transmit data back to the respective transport personnel immediately.
In addition to all that, with an RFID system in place, human errors and manual checking of goods are significantly mitigated and reduced. Thus, without a doubt, RFID has now become a vital part of cold storage management. Not only does it tackle the critical issue mentioned above, but its benefits have also enabled and encouraged a vast growth in the food sector.
Provides precise location tracking
It’s no secret that with RFID, maximising supply chain efficiency has never been easier. With an RFID tagging system in place, retailers can keep track of their goods from source to destination with relative ease.
Regardless of the transportation method used, be it by air, land, or sea, managers can easily see the status, progress and condition of the company’s goods in real-time. Thus, RFID has redefined supply chain efficiency, fulfilling any cold storage logistics requirements with certainty.
Eliminates product wastage
Before the advent of RFID, product wastages were unavoidable due to many factors: human error, inefficient processes, lack of real-time data and traceability, to name a few. Through the incorporation of RFID tags in cold storage operations, these have now been eliminated or significantly reduced.
By minimising human intervention in cold chain logistics, unnecessary handling of goods, such as prematurely opening them for inspection, is reduced and limited to emergencies. This is made possible thanks to the data that RFID provides. If the condition of a product or container is needed, everything that is needed can be acquired remotely or with the use of auxiliary systems, such as an RFID reader or a mobile device.
And more importantly, if environmental conditions begin to deteriorate, it won’t go unnoticed and immediate action can be performed, significantly reducing the instances of wastage from occurring that is due to lack of information or due to no notification.
Perishables and other similar goods are the lifelines of businesses that produce them and the consumers that need them daily. By incorporating RFID into cold chain logistics, the odds of these goods reaching their destinations undamaged in its required condition can now be achieved with a higher percentage of success.