Contributed Editorial

  1. Retail RFID – Improving The Customer Experience Means Increasing Demand For Source Tagging By Suppliers
    9/25/2014

    As Retailers expand the implementation of item-level RFID, how do suppliers meet the requirements placed on them for source tagging? Initiatives by retailers’ to-date have largely been focused on inventory management of specific products and tagging of the items done in the DC or store.  But as retailers go beyond modest-scope goals and tagging of specific items such as shoes, bras and denim the shift to source tagging by retail suppliers will continue to grow.

  2. Six Best Practices For Effective Source Tagging
    9/8/2014

    Manufacturers and retailers face an ever-changing consumer environment, where operational agility and customer loyalty drive margins and revenue. This has increased the focus on source tagging, which provides a ubiquitous product protection solution throughout the retail supply chain. Source tagging benefits both manufacturers and retailers by increasing sales and in-stock rates, while decreasing shrink.

  3. Five Reasons Why RFID Is Ready For Prime Time
    2/13/2014

    It’s been more than 10 years since the term “RFID” burst into the public lexicon, and in those early days, the word “hype” was truly an understatement. Every technology company or services provider suddenly realized they were an RFID company, providing an integral piece of the RFID value proposition. “RFID experts” crawled out of the woodwork — presenting at every conference on how RFID would change the world.

  4. Lean And Green: It Starts With MRO
    3/3/2011
    Lean manufacturing is defined as an operational strategy oriented toward achieving the most operational efficiencies by eliminating waste. So, if we look at that definition, where should our focus be when attempting to achieve this goal? Simply put, operational strategies are focused on process, yet often we ignore the processes associated with indirect material, MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) supplies, and tooling. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  5. RFID Tool Management — People, Processes, And Positions
    2/7/2011
    Tool tracking and tool management has forever been a challenge for many operations. Over the years, responsibility for tracking and managing tools has spanned the responsibilities of many people within an organization. Sometimes it is the responsibility of the tool crib manager; other times it’s the plant manager, the purchaser, the operations manager, or the department supervisor. Why do you think so many people, with completely unique titles, end up with this responsibility? By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  6. RFID Tool Management: People, Processes, And Positions
    2/7/2011
    Tool tracking and tool management has forever been a challenge for many operations. Over the years, responsibility for tracking and managing tools has spanned the responsibilities of many people within an organization. Sometimes it is the responsibility of the tool crib manager; other times it’s the plant manager, the purchaser, the operations manager, or the department supervisor. Why do you think so many people, with completely unique titles, end up with this responsibility? By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  7. Measuring Inventory Management Success
    1/24/2011
    When it comes to managing MRO (maintenance, repair, and operations) inventory using RFID, the answer to the question, "How do you know when you’ve reached your goal?" can be elusive. Just as managing tool and MRO inventory is sometimes forgotten during the pace of everyday business, measuring what makes a successful tool and MRO management program can also be overlooked. Often, we go down the road of improving our MRO management because we simply know we aren't doing a very good job. We forget to benchmark, we neglect to set measurement tactics, and we lack an understanding of all the areas of possible impact. If we start without an overall understanding and measurable information, how can we gauge success? By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  8. MRO Magic: Is RFID An Art Or A Science?
    1/5/2011
    “Abracadabra!” is a common term used when performing the art of magic. It is usually spoken during the climax of an illusion to emphasize the mystery the magician is about to reveal. In fact, at this point in the act, the illusion is uncovered. Although the process to create the illusion seemed very simple to the audience, years of practice perfecting the art of magic was needed to accomplish the end result. The magician's experience of performing that particular magic trick is what makes the illusion believable. The process of performing the magic trick is an art that can only be perfected by practice. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  9. MRO Magic: Is RFID An Art Or A Science?
    1/5/2011
    “Abracadabra!” is a common term used when performing the art of magic. It is usually spoken during the climax of an illusion to emphasize the mystery the magician is about to reveal. In fact, at this point in the act, the illusion is uncovered. Although the process to create the illusion seemed very simple to the audience, years of practice perfecting the art of magic was needed to accomplish the end result. The magician's experience of performing that particular magic trick is what makes the illusion believable. The process of performing the magic trick is an art that can only be perfected by practice. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.
  10. Passive Transactions: The Real Benefit To Managing Tools
    11/29/2010
    Let's face it... When it comes to tool tracking, what is asked of those who use the tools goes against their human nature. If I had a dime for every time I heard "put it back where you got it," I would have retired by the time I was 15 years old. By Robert Holmes, WinWare, Inc.