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Visit Barcoding, Inc. at Modex 2014

Barcoding, Inc. will be hosting a Be Connected RFID Experience in booth number 3027 at Modex 2014.

Heading to Modex this year? Then, be sure to visit Barcoding, Inc. in booth number 3027 for a Be Connected RFID Experience.

Barcoding will hold a series of RFID educational and networking opportunities throughout the show, to be held March 17-20 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

Live RFID demonstrations will be held, providing a firsthand look at RFID technology and supply chain solutions—from mobile hardware to labels and more!

Shane Snyder, president, will be presenting “Best Practices for Using Passive, Low-Cost RFID for Improved Asset Tracking” (Seminar 114) – a session on passive, low-cost RFID, at 3 p.m. (ET) on March 17 in Theater C.

Registrants will receive a Barcoding “Be Connected” RFID badge during the conference which will be used as part of the live demonstration. The badges will also be used for entry into the Be Connected Mix and Mingle, an exclusive networking event to be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 19 at Max Lager’s. Attendees with badges will receive two free drinks and some light appetizers.

So, what are you waiting for? Register for a Be Connected RFID Experience with Barcoding, Inc.

Learn more about the event and our partners at Modex.

Warehouse Management Systems Throughout History

Warehouse management systems (WMS) keep everything running smoothly for a cost-effective and precise operation with maximum throughput. Today, companies depend on their WMS, but it wasn’t always like this.

I recently came across an interesting article on the evolution of warehouse management. Essentially, the first “warehouses” were built to store grain, helping to prevent famine in Egypt. Over time, transcontinental trade increases, creating the need for places to store other goods and thus, warehouse management was born.

In the beginning, warehouse management was a manual process and everything was kept track of with pen and paper, which was time consuming and often inaccurate.

From there, there was also a strong need to manage the movement and placement of inventory within a warehouse environment, in addition to the importing/exporting of goods.

Today, rather than having just a warehouse management system, companies have supply chain solutions to handle their transportation and distribution, automation, integration, order management and production efficiency.

The evolution of the warehouse took thousands of years, but with a recent surge in technology advancement, there’s no doubt the warehouse will continue to evolve. Where do you think warehouse management is headed in next 5, 25, 50 and 100 years? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

Home Depot: Supply Chain Excellence at its Finest

Home Depot had ignored its supply chain for a long time, as it was not a focus of the company. While the company had rapidly expanded and was very successful, the downturn in the housing market caused construction and credit to slow, forcing Home Depot to cut expenses by streamlining its operations.

It was time to stop ignoring the logistics side of their business and start a formal distribution network. After conducting an in-depth distribution network study, Home Depot came up with a strategy for rebuilding their distribution process and controlling costs by centralizing operations, rather than being so store-centric.

Their new strategy focuses on 24 rapid deployment centers, or RDCs, that will be strategically located throughout the country, each serving approximately 100 stores.
The centers will act as a gateway distribution facility, designed for quick cross-docking of large volumes of merchandise, so very few items will actually be stored there.

Although only about a third of the RDCs are up and running at the moment, Home Depot has already reaped enormous benefits such as flexibility, improved replenishment, and less forecasting errors. By upgrading their technology and implementing a better method of distribution, Home Depot was able to greatly improve their supply chain, going from almost non-existent to superb.

If your supply chain could use an upgrade, you may want to look into some solutions that will help streamline your operations and improve efficiency.

Microsoft BizTalk RFID Conference: UK

Microsoft BizTalk RFID ConferenceAwhile back, I discussed Microsoft Biztalk and its involvement with Intermec. If you were interested in learning more on Microsoft Biztalk, then you’re in luck… especially if you’re in the UK.

Microsoft will be holding its first annual RFID conference on Wednesday, February 25 at its Thames Valley Park Campus in Reading, UK. The conference will primarily discuss Microsoft BizTalk, among other enterprise solutions.

If you’re interested in attending, the agenda is scheduled as follows:

9:30am – 10:00am Arrival and Registration
10:00am -10:30am Welcome and Microsoft RFID Strategy – Morris Novello
10:30am – 11:45pm Microsoft platform for RFID and Real Word scenarios – Jeff Johnson, Markus Landler
11:45am – 12:45am Motorola Keynote – Joe White
12:45am – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 2:30pm Xterprise: Solutions for the High Definition Enterprise™ – John Webb
2:30pm – 3:15pm Motorola: Case Study – Andy McBain
3:15pm – 4:00pm BT Global Services: Supply Chain Solutions – Robert Hillier
4:00pm – 4:30pm Q&A – Morris Novello, Jeff Johnson, Markus Landler
4:30pm – 5:00pm Networking and Champagne reception

To attend the first annual Microsoft RFID Conference, you can register here.

ProMat 2009

ProMat 2009, the largest supply chain solutions event in North America, is only a few months away.  Sponsored by the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), ProMat is the premier event for companies ready to discover innovative manufacturing and supply chain solutions.  ProMat 2009 will feature manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, assembly, logistics and IT solutions for the supply chain.

Over 700 of the top material handling and logistics providers will offer innovative solutions and industry expertise.  Boasting over 800 exhibits and more than 100 educational sessions, ProMat 2009 will address best practices, new equipment, supply chain trends and more.  For more information about this upcoming event you can visit the ProMat 2009 Website.  But here are the basics…

When: January 12-15, 2009

Where: McCormick Place South, Chicago, IL USA

You can Register Online today to receive complimentary admission to both the exhibits and educational sessions, so what are you waiting for?