Forward-thinking businesses thrive on information. Companies that fail to provide accurate, timely information to their supply chain partners are at a competitive disadvantage. Many proven productivity tools like radio frequency identification (RFID) and bar code shipping labels have become a requirement for doing business demanded by progressive supply chain management (SCM) processes. This paper presents how advanced RFID and bar code technologies can create sustainable advantages by providing the information required for modern business practices. It addresses how RFID and bar code data systems improve the performance of enterprise software applications. Then, it summarizes the general benefits of RFID and bar coding, showing how to improve efficiency and costs from receiving, through production, quality control, and shipping-to the item level.
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