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Turkish Meat Producer Uses RFID to Keep Tabs on Product, Deter Pilferage

Bereket Döner, one of Turkey's largest producers of frozen and ready-to-serve meat products, is employing radio frequency identification to track its goods as they are loaded onto pallets, weighed and shipped to customers.

Doner meat is similar to the Greek gyro. In Istanbul, the meat is cooked, seasoned, cut and boxed, and then stored in freezers prior to being shipped to restaurant operators - 90 percent of which are located in Turkey.

Thanks to an RFID system provided by RFID Enabled Solutions (RES), the company can automatically identify each box of product. This not only improves visibility regarding when meat is weighed prior to shipment, as well as which customer's order is being filled at any given time, but also prevents shrinkage, since RFID readers at the doorways detect if unsold tagged meat is being removed. If that occurs, the system issues an alert before the potential thief has had time to leave the facility.

The solution includes RES's AIMS software, residing on Bereket Döner's back-end system, to manage data encoded to tags placed on meat before it is fully stretch-wrapped and boxed, according to Neco Can, co-founder, president and CEO of RES. The system also includes readers at a weighing station, he says, as well as in doorways. It was installed last year for use by the facility's morning shift, while the firm is now looking into expanding its use to other shifts.

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Doner meat is similar to the Greek gyro. In Istanbul, the meat is cooked, seasoned, cut and boxed, and then stored in freezers prior to being shipped to restaurant operators - 90 percent of which are located in Turkey.

Thanks to an RFID system provided by RFID Enabled Solutions (RES), the company can automatically identify each box of product. This not only improves visibility regarding when meat is weighed prior to shipment, as well as which customer's order is being filled at any given time, but also prevents shrinkage, since RFID readers at the doorways detect if unsold tagged meat is being removed. If that occurs, the system issues an alert before the potential thief has had time to leave the facility.

The solution includes RES's AIMS software, residing on Bereket Döner's back-end system, to manage data encoded to tags placed on meat before it is fully stretch-wrapped and boxed, according to Neco Can, co-founder, president and CEO of RES. The system also includes readers at a weighing station, he says, as well as in doorways. It was installed last year for use by the facility's morning shift, while the firm is now looking into expanding its use to other shifts.

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