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French Electronics Retailer Uses RFID to Track Pallets Moving from Distribution Centers to Stores

Scarmor, a logistics subsidiary of the French hypermarket chain E.Leclerc, has installed a network of RFID readers that works without middleware at 35 dock doors within two warehouses. The company continues to roll out the technology that will be used to track pallets being moved from distribution centers to roughly 58 E.Leclerc retail sites throughout the French province of Brittany.

Scarmor, which supplies goods to a cooperative consisting of independently owned E.Leclerc stores, employed a solution developed by IRIS-RFID, which IRIS calls "holonic" RFID. The holonic concept is similar to the idea behind machine-to-machine communication, in which machines are autonomous and contain all information related to the tasks they need to perform, but are also part of a network of other readers. Compared with standard RFID interrogators, IRIS explains, holonic readers perform much faster, are more stable and reliable (since they don't work on a computer network), and include their own communications abilities.

Once Scarmor fully rolls out the holonic RFID system, the company plans to use it to track approximately 300,000 to 400,000 tagged pallets annually. Tagged pallets will be read at a total of 117 read points, including those at DCs, in truck trailers and at goods-receiving points at retail sites.

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Scarmor, which supplies goods to a cooperative consisting of independently owned E.Leclerc stores, employed a solution developed by IRIS-RFID, which IRIS calls "holonic" RFID. The holonic concept is similar to the idea behind machine-to-machine communication, in which machines are autonomous and contain all information related to the tasks they need to perform, but are also part of a network of other readers. Compared with standard RFID interrogators, IRIS explains, holonic readers perform much faster, are more stable and reliable (since they don't work on a computer network), and include their own communications abilities.

Once Scarmor fully rolls out the holonic RFID system, the company plans to use it to track approximately 300,000 to 400,000 tagged pallets annually. Tagged pallets will be read at a total of 117 read points, including those at DCs, in truck trailers and at goods-receiving points at retail sites.

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