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Canadian 3PL Looks to See if RFID Technology Can Help Track Plastic Pallets

Toronto third-party logistics firm JD Smith & Sons is installing RFID hardware and software that will enable it to track new lightweight plastic pallets equipped with EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags. The system, which also includes GPS and cellular communication technologies, is being provided by an Ontario startup software and pallet provider. The goal is to determine whether the system can help JD Smith and its customers better track pallets and the goods loaded onto them, as well as reduce the company's carbon impact by tracking the trucks transporting those pallets, and thereby gain an understanding as to the number of miles each pallet and its goods have traveled. That information will then be matched with fuel-consumption data. The pilot is slated to go live this month, with shipments to one unnamed customer.

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Toronto third-party logistics firm JD Smith & Sons is installing RFID hardware and software that will enable it to track new lightweight plastic pallets equipped with EPC Gen 2 passive RFID tags. The system, which also includes GPS and cellular communication technologies, is being provided by an Ontario startup software and pallet provider. The goal is to determine whether the system can help JD Smith and its customers better track pallets and the goods loaded onto them, as well as reduce the company's carbon impact by tracking the trucks transporting those pallets, and thereby gain an understanding as to the number of miles each pallet and its goods have traveled. That information will then be matched with fuel-consumption data. The pilot is slated to go live this month, with shipments to one unnamed customer.

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