Nitin Lahoti in Networking, Logistics, Logistics and Operations co-founder • Truck Pulse Jun 16, 2020 · 1 min read · ~100

RFID - The Smart Solution for Fleet Management Needs

Being one of the largest industries in the world, the transportation and logistics industry is considered as a key element of the supply chain. It is involved with the movement of products and raw items from one destination to another. The entire procedure starts with the supply chain to the shipping of the finished product to the consumer. People rely on transportation because it moves products and people from one place to another. That is why the demand of transportation never decreases. Moreover, nowadays the demand to transport assets in a quicker, safer, and cheaper way is skyrocketing than ever before. And to meet such demand with perfection, you may face several issues. Thanks to Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), you can reduce the errors, solve issues and improve efficiency in the whole process of transportation and logistics management.

RFID - The Smart Solution for Fleet Management Needs

RFID in transportation, especially in the trucking industry has been proved to be a valuable asset. From cargo tracking to systemizing fleet operations or streamlining ground support apparatus to automating yard management, the expenditure of inefficiencies caused by a lack of visibility are considerable. Today, leading names in the transport industry, that have their own fleet transport or truck apps, started depending on RFID technology to bring accuracy in shipping and inventory management, make the order processing faster, and reduce labor costs. With noteworthy improvements in visibility throughout the supply chain, the benefits of an RFID system in this industry is proving to be significant for many companies.

If you are interested in making your logistics and supply chain management operations smooth, accurate, affordable and hassle-free, today's post will be useful for you. This post will shed light on the topic of what RFID actually is and how many types of RFID are there. If you go through the post, you will also get to know why this technology is relevant for managing assets and tracking in the transportation industry and it is a must-have feature for your next fleet transport or trucking app.

So, without further ado, let’s start the discussion.

RFID Solution for Transport & Logistics Industry - In A Nutshell

RFID is the use of radio waves to store data and retrieve it. The RFID tags have unique identifiers that are correspondent to inventory database records. Certain information related to an item is stored on an RFID tag and this tag stays attached to the item. Similar to a bar code, this tag is a carrier of information. But unlike bar code that carries data in a visible symbol and can be read by a barcode scanner utilizing optical or infrared wavelengths, an RFID tag carries data programmed into a microchip and gets activated by radio frequencies emitted from an RFID reader. This data can be utilized within and between companies and partners safely via a certain network.

The adoption of RFID in transportation and logistics management operations increases sustainability in freight flows and decreases logistics cost. The solution is available for maintaining assets, managing yard (cross-docking applications), dispatching, picking up and delivering, automating salesforce and making freight more secure than ever before. With the help of this technology, logistics companies become capable of accessing more accurate and timely data to manage their assets, including the transport vehicle.

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