May 20, 2013
Growing Systems Integrator Merges Central Region Office With Lake Zurich, Ill.-Based Barcode and RFID Equipment Technology Provider to Better Serve Enterprise Customers
BALTIMORE, MD–(Marketwired – May 1, 2013) – Barcoding, Inc., a leader in enterprise-wide mobility solutions, today announced that it has completed the acquisition of Miles Technologies, Inc., in order to increase its presence in the central region of the United States and expand its radio frequency identification (RFID) capabilities. Based in Lake Zurich, Ill., with two office locations in the greater Chicago market and one in St. Louis, Miles Technologies is a provider of barcode and RFID equipment and a developer of software applications for warehouse management and asset tracking.
As a result of this acquisition, Barcoding will strengthen its portfolio of RFID and auto-identification technologies by offering the full breadth of Miles Technologies’ solutions. By increasing its presence in the Central United States, Barcoding can better service and support enterprise customers from its Chicago office, as well as uncover new business opportunities in the Central and Western United States. For Miles Technologies, current clients now have access to a larger “Go Live” and “Continuing Care” support network with Barcoding’s Professional Services Group. Additionally, Miles Technologies’ customers can obtain new mobile capabilities, as Barcoding’s solutions extend warehouse technologies beyond the four walls, including fleet and delivery management and custom software solutions.
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April 16, 2009
As was recently the case with the Florida State Attorney’s Office, the Research Laboratory of Electronics (RLE) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology had no real system in place to keep track of its files. Instead, personnel files and project and funding proposal applications were stored in separate offices, with employees pulling needed files and returning them later, with no log record kept in between. Krista Van Guilder, the RLE’s manager of media and design, told the RFID Journal that files were occasionally lost and often very difficult to find. Enter RFID.
The process works as follows: First, all files were moved to shelving in one central office. Then RFID tags were attached to the inside of each file folder. Staff members needing a file go to that central office, pull the file from its place, and wave the folder past the RFID reader attached to a wall-mounted touch-screen computer nearby. The reader logs the tag’s unique ID number while the computer pulls up an employee roster on the computer. The employee touches his or her name, and the file is officially checked out. To return the file, the employee follows the same process.
If another employee needs the file while it is still checked out, he or she can consult the custom, Web-based software developed by Barcoding, Inc., look up the file or employee name associated with it, and determine the file’s location. In situations where the person who checked out the file can no longer find it, a Motorola MC9090-G handheld RFID reader can be used to scan the room or area for the file’s unique ID number. The reader beeps when it reads the number, and while it can’t yet pinpoint the exact location, it will narrow down a search area to a particular desk or shelf area.
If your current file management system is not as effective as it could be, would you consider using RFID to improve it?
March 12, 2009
By now, you know what radio frequency identification (RFID) technology is and some of the ways that it can be used in warehouses and distribution centers. But before investing in RFID, you should be sure that the technology will meet your warehouse/DC’s unique needs. You might consider asking yourself the following questions, as suggested in a white paper published in 2003 by LXE Inc.:
- Is processing speed essential for our warehouse/DC, or could processing speed provide a competitive advantage?
- Do we deal in high-value assets that need to be protected?
- Can bar codes physically survive our processes?
- Do certain areas of our facilities need to be protected from unauthorized access?
- Do we need more unique information on each item than a bar code can contain?
- Are we highly automated and needing to minimize human intervention?
- Could we could benefit by knowing where products are at all times in the supply chain, in real time?
Did you answer yes to any of these questions? If so, RFID may be able to increase your warehouse/DC’s efficiencies in myriad ways-especially if your partners or customers are already RFID compliant. However, if you own or run a smaller warehouse/DC with simpler operations and limited plans for expansion, perhaps you would be better served with bar codes. Whether RFID is the right fit or barcoding and voice picking is the right choice, automated asset management is definitely the smart investment for accuracy, productivity, and profitability.
March 10, 2009
Radio frequency identification (RFID) is not a new technology, but industry watchers are predicting that this automated asset management system will crop up in a greater number of distribution centers than ever before. A recent article in the RFID Journal suggests that 2009 will be a promising year for RFID technologies. Not only does it deliver an admirable ROI, but as more companies adapt the advanced tracking system, compliance may make the difference between acquiring or maintaining technology-driven customers and being left in their dust.
Though costs for RFID readers and tags are higher than those for barcoding systems, the 100 end users and potential end users surveyed by RFID Journal indicated that they “…view the technology as a tool that can help them cut costs now, as well as improve long-term efficiencies and gain a competitive advantage.”
Why are top global companies (e.g., Wal-Mart, United Airlines, Cisco, Curves International) turning to RFID in a recession? It’s all about reduction—in, for example:
- Administrative error
- Labor costs
- Misplaced work in process
- Internal theft
- Errors in shipping goods
The fact is that every warehouse and distribution center can benefit from such reductions, both now and in a booming economy. How are you currently investing in productivity? What steps are you taking to increase ROI both now and in the future?
March 3, 2009
In this economy, businesses are working harder than ever to grab revenue. Gone are the days when you could rely upon re-orders and loyal customers. With budget cuts that reduce expenditures, increased competition from the globalized economy, and buyers demanding more services and value-adds (at no extra cost to them), you need to be vigilant about managing productivity in every sector of your operation. So, let me ask you this, when is the last time you took a close look at your warehouse? How is your staff spending their days? Are they manually picking orders? How much time do they spend trying to locate inventory? And what about tracking down lost shipments? How would you rate your operation on an efficiency scale?
If you’re shaking your head, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Gaping holes in inventory tracking, managing, and monitoring chips away at the bottom line of many businesses that have not automated their asset management systems. But just because you’re in good company doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make a change, right now, to plug the hole that is draining profits from your operation.
Barcoding systems have proven to deliver a 100% ROI in less than a year! So, if you institute this simple advance right away, you’ll be well on your way to putting your business in a better financial situation soon. Here’s your choice: Invest in greater productivity by implementing automated systems or “save” the money on the solution and continue to “spend” it on the problem.
February 11, 2009
The term “Web 2.0” gained popularity signaled a change in the infancy of the World Wide Web, a time when we were making the transition from learning about the technology to beginning to get creative with its potential. Social networking and blogs, just like this one, redefine globalization. The community in which we work and live has no boundaries as we can make friends and generate leads from anyone in the world who has Internet access, which is approximately 1.5 billion people. And then came Supply Chain Management 2.0. I thought, at first, it was merely a spin-off of the popular buzzword. I admit I was wrong. SCM 2.0 is a powerful reminder that our distribution methods have become far more complex as a result of the globalized community. We need to be more aware of kinks in our systems that can drain the ROI, errors in picking and shipping, inefficient warehousing operations, and outdated software. As technology continues to move at lightning speed, if we aren’t making the effort to keep on top of the advances, we are going to be crushed under their weight. I’m still amazed at the businesses I work with that don’t have barcoding systems integrated into their operations. There are solutions for every level of business, from simple barcoding to voice picking to the sophisticated radio frequency identification, which is picking up speed as more and more managers are seeing the ROI on this technology. Have you stepped up to SCM 2.0 or are you still watching it from afar? If so, that distance is going to get wider and wider, until you are no longer seen by the connections that keep you in business.
If you would like to learn more about SCM, check out our Supply Chain Management Video Library in the links section on the left.