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Disruptie 6 november 2015

Onlangs zag ik de volgende mooie uitspraak die alles te maken heeft met ‘Disruptie”. Hij werd gedaan door Charlie Covert, vice president Customer Solutions bij UPS.

“If you don’t recognize disruptive trends and take advantage of the oppotunities they offer – and your competitors do – then your business continuity is at risk”. Een goede reden om wat over disruptie te bloggen.

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Canada-based Company Uses RFID & Logistics Practices from Industrial Supply Chains to Help Hospitals 20 januari 2015

(RFID World Canada) As RFID becomes widely adopted by private industries such as supply-chain, agriculture and retail, the healthcare industry is becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of RFID technology for its efficiency measures in tracking and tracing items.

A variety of benefits including the administration and authenticity of drugs, patient tracking, tracking of surgical supplies and hospital equipment can be made more efficient through the use of RFID technology. Due to this new wave in RFID interest, a variety of RFID-enabled solutions offered by Logi-D are being adopted by a number of hospitals and healthcare institutions.

A significant number of hospitals and healthcare institutions currently ignore automated processes by using their ERP’s data modules or financial systems to manage their central inventory stories and distribution warehouses; these inefficient processes were designed for tracking and financial purposes and not for building process automation and optimization. To solve this problem, Quebec-based Logi-D have partnered with WMS providers to help hospitals manage online receiving, directed put-away & cyclical inventory and wireless picking.

Logi-D has introduced a unique RFID-enabled 2-bin replenishment system that updates data at the point-of-use by lot number and expiry date. This integration not only enables the tracking of expiry dates, lot and serial numbers for high-value and consignment items but it is also unique in its ability to do this for all supplies that would benefit from it. Supplies include those of lower value, such as IV solutions, from receiving dock to patient and with minimal human intervention.
Logi-D has also built a add-on RFID-enabled item-level traceability solution to the 2-bin system that assists in the prevention of revenue leakage and virtually eliminates disruptions to clinical flow by precisely capturing chargeable items, from stock supplies used in the nursing unit to expensive items used in surgery. The add-on solutions called PC-iD & CC-id can then link the items with a specific patient, bed or even procedure.

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Ubudu turns beacons into two-way communications devices 18 december 2014

By Rian Boden Email Rian Boden • 15 December 2014, 12:54

Mobile proximity solutions provider Ubudu has unveiled uBeacon Mesh, a platform that enables Bluetooth beacon installations to be used to create two-way mobile communications with consumers.

The technology could be used to let shoppers respond to location-based promotional messages sent by retailers, such as offers of assistance, the company suggests.

“Today, beacons are basically emitters so they cast a signal and the phone listens to the signal and reacts on that signal but now, with uBeacon Mesh, you have that basic functionality but you also have a two-way communication capability which enables the beacon to pass on information from the phone to the mesh network,” CEO Francois Kruta explained to NFC World+.

“For example, if you’re in a big supermarket and you require assistance because you want some technical information to buy a TV but you don’t have a WiFi connection or 4G connectivity, this platform gives you a way of requesting assistance from the store using the retailer’s mobile app and with your Bluetooth capability turned on.

“So, you would have to have the application from the retailer and the application would detect that you are in the store through the beacon network and it would show you different options, so different advertising messages that get broadcast, and you can choose whether or not you want to respond. For example, a message could pop up asking if you require assistance, to which you would press yes or no.

“The message would then be passed at that point through the mesh network towards the store’s system to alert staff that you have requested assistance and you are located in that part of the store.”

“We have designed both the hardware and the software so we are a solution provider and we really think of hardware and software together as a functionality,” Kruta continued. “One other thing you can do with uBeacon Mesh that you couldn’t do before is you can see when the beacon batteries are going low and this gets reported by the mesh network. You can also turn specific beacons on and off.

“You can even change the advertising of one or more specific beacons. You can also connect it to a sensor and report the information from the sensor. So you have much more usage that is enabled through the connectivity between the beacons.”

A video shows the uBeacon Mesh platform in action:

“We have a major retailer in France signed up and we’re going to do a technical proof of concept early next year, and then it’s going to be the evolution of our current offering, so our current customers will adopt this new uBeacon Mesh over time,” Kruta added. “It’s a real revolution for Bluetooth beacons.”

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Zara has maintained it’s stand as a leader in the apparel industry 11 december 2014

and what makes it so profitable is it’s unique supply chain strategies.

By Staff 247
December 07, 2014

“One day it’s in and the next day it’s out” – a popular phrase that often resounds when the apparel industry comes to mind.

The fashion industry is known to run on a high degree of uncertainty.

With ever changing trends it is even harder to predict the market and hence forecast the required raw materials and supplies. In the past the apparel industry has been categorized as more of a push model where the retailer outlets push styles and new outfits to the market.

However, the same strategy is doomed for failure as of today, with new entrants and competitors at every corner, brands are being forced to listen to their customer. It’s important to recognize what chimes with the consumer and quickly respond by satisfying this need. Additionally, every geographic location differs in spending patterns, styles, per capita income etc. and all the clothing lines need to accurately evaluate the demand that will exist in every market.

What increases the complexity of the supply chain is the dependence on exports from other developing countries. Almost 30% of all garments produced in the world are exported in developing nations. Hence, there is a large cost involved in transporting materials and finished goods.

Zara has maintained it’s stand as a leader in the apparel industry and what makes it so profitable is it’s unique supply chain strategies. Zara uses the following principles to increase their net income and maintain a standing of being a brand that is both fashion forward and affordable.
Quick response to Demand – Zara follows a pull model in their inventory and supply chain management. They create up to 1000 designs every month based on store sales and current trends. They monitor customer spending’s in the store to evaluate and understand what types of designs are being consumed and then accordingly iterate on their next designs.
Small Batch Productions – Zara has a fast turnover, they produce small number of quantities for every product. This gives them the opportunity to quickly understand what designs are successful. It is also a great way to explore new designs and understand its acceptance rate in the market. This also heavily reduces the risk of producing large quantities of something that the customer does not want. Even though it might seem like a bad idea to invest in different designs, Zara optimizes by using the same material only in different ways.
Central Distribution Center – Zara has very strong IT systems that back it’s distribution. All the clothes are shipped back to Spain, the central location. From here, it is distributed to different countries and stores is based on individual requirements and needs of the particular locality.

As industries and competitors follow up on Zara’s unique supply chain model, it is. Will Zara not be threatened by the new entrants or old catching up and continue to practice it’s well tested and tried model or they will they be agile and innovate to sustain a competitive edge through supply chain?

7 Rules of Fashion Supply Chain (Zara Case Study)
Fashion industry is one of the most primitive form of supply chain management and its practices have been extended, adopted and become the best practices that we use today. This article will show you the development of fashion industry and how one company manages to bring the operations into the next level.

Fashion SCM 1.0
In 1984, US Apparel Industry created the task force called “Crafted With Pride in the U.S.A. Council” with the goal to improve the overall competitiveness of the industry. One year later “Kurt Salmon Associates” was assigned to investigate the whole apparel supply chain. The result showed that materials were in the warehouse or in transit as long as 40 weeks! In order to reduce lead-time, Quick Response (QR) strategy was developed and there are 2 core principles, namely, partnership between retailers and suppliers to improve the information sharing and the adoption of technologies such as EDI, UPC Code and point of sales data (POS).

Fashion SCM 2.0
When QR strategy has become saturated, companies have to find the ways to differentiate themselves, some adopt ERP system, others adopt Just-in-Time manufacturing concept. However, there is one company that stands out.

Zara who is the fashion retailer in Spain, has managed to get the attention from academics and the first case study about its strategies was published by Harvard Business School in 2003. In 2004, Kasra Ferdows, Michael A. Lewis, and Jose A.D. Machuca published the article on Harvard Business Review named “Rapid-Fire Fulfillment”. This article was the result of 3-year interviews with the senior management of Zara. We’ve identified 7 rules that we can learn from them as below.

1.Produce in small lot: small lot is the unique characteristics of lean manufacturing which is not the case here. The logic behind this is that small lot creates the sense of exclusivity. Customer need to make a quick decision otherwise the next day the products they want will be gone. So customer visits Zara’s stores to see new products more often and this creates the huge amount of traffic and revenue.
2.Centralize design and product development: the norm in the apparel (and some other) industries is to develop new products by both in-house staffs and through merchandisers. In the latter case, suppliers need to send samples (through merchandisers) to buyers many many times. Elimination of this back-and-forth communication reduces the time to market drastically.
3.Utilize work cell organization: each new product development team has its own designers, sales, procurement and production planners the same way as in a cellular manufacturing. This help Zara to streamline the internal communication a lot.
4.Control scheduling strictly: at Zara, store managers can place order 2 times a week, shipments are prepared and delivered within 24 hours (in Europe) and products will be on displayed at stores the same day they arrived. Since everything runs in a stead pace, they can reduce a waiting time at every step of the way.
5.Keep production in-house: Zara tries to stay away from low-cost country sourcing and make an investment in the in-house manufacturing as much as possible. The reason is that they believe the in-house production help them to increase the overall flexibility.
6.Automate production and warehouse facilities: since Zara believes in time based competition, automation is the key to help them to increase the speed and the accuracy of the operations.
7.Adhere to all rules: implementing any one of these rules alone is not quite effective. Then, they have to stick to all rules so the whole supply chain is running like the well-oiled machine.

Source: SupplyChainOpz

Zara’s supply chain is a very good example of the strategic alignment because people, processes and practices support time-based strategy perfectly.

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The Internet of Things and the potential for RFID 2 december 2014

RFID was invented seven decades ago, however, 23% of all the RFID tags ever sold were sold in 2013. In 2014, a further 1.12 billion RFID tags will be sold versus the total number of tags sold in 2013. RFID has been trialled and piloted extensively and it is now in rapid adoption mode in many industries, for many applications and is being rolled out in a cookie-cutter approach as the high performance capability versus system cost proves payback. Converging with this is the rapidly growing interest in the Internet of Things, usually meaning powered IP based nodes, often with sensors. The Internet of Things (IoT) is of great excitement to many of the world’s largest consumer electronics companies seeking to leverage the electronics that consumers now carry, providing new valuable capabilities and services.
RFID will play an important part – namely by addressing the highest volume opportunity where tag price is important. That is why companies such as Google are involved, already having used UHF RFID in the development of glucose sensing contact lenses.

With over 10 billion RAIN RFID tags in circulation through this year, and 100 billion tags by 2020, data collection for the IoT is already in full swing” said Steve Halliday, RAIN president. “The latest version RAIN tags are able to include encryption and the ability to interface directly with sensors, which will lead to even more implementations of the IoT using RFID.”

The IDTechEx event “Internet of Things Applications”, hosted on November 19-20 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California (www.IDTechEx.com/IOTusa ), addresses the opportunities for the Internet of Things including the role that RFID will play, with a session dedicated to RFID and hosted by the RAIN alliance.

The event delves into specific market verticals and appraises new enabling technologies, with speakers including AT&T, Adidas, Bayer Healthcare, Belkin, Dolby, GE, Google, Intel, Osram, Samsung and many more. The RAIN RFID session will feature presentations from Smartrac, Feig Electronics, SecureRF Corporation, in addition to the RAIN RFID Alliance President, Steve Halliday. To learn more, see www.IDTechEx.com/IOTusa .

Read more at: http://www.idtechex.com/research/articles/the-internet-of-things-and-the-potential-for-rfid-00007043.asp?donotredirect=true

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Interactive store optie voor de bovenkant van de markt 29 november 2014

Luxury fashion brand Rebecca Minkoff opened the doors to its second U.S. store this week in SoHo, New York City, and according to the company, the store aims to pair some of the best features of online shopping with a traditional bricks-and-mortar experience.

Shoppers check in on arrival, via the “Connected Glass” shopping wall, a large mirrored interactive display. Once a shopper has made their selections, they tap a button to have their products sent to a dressing room, each of which is also outfitted with the mirrored touchscreens. Once in the fitting room, a shopper can still browse the online catalog, and request that additional items be brought to them.

The shopper also has a high level of control over the ambient lighting inside the fitting room.

The Rebecca Minkoff brand takes its name from its creator, who launched her iconic “Morning After Bag” in 2005. Today, the company produces accessories, footwear, apparel and jewelry in addition to handbags, and is distributed in more than 900 luxury retailers worldwide. This is the brand’s fifth retail location, its second in the U.S., and the first to use the interactive technology, which was implemented by eBay.

“Every woman hates walking out of a dressing room half-naked in search of a sales associate for another size or style, which is why I’m so excited about the magic mirrors in our dressing rooms,” Minkoff said in a statement. “My customers will be able to virtually connect with their stylist through the mirror’s touchscreen technology for anything they need … whether it’s another size or a glass of champagne.”

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Amazon Echo 25 november 2014

Geheel onverwacht kwam ik achter het bestaan van “Amazon Echo”. Een betweterig apparaat dat handige trekjes vertoond. Ik weet nog niet wat ik hiervan moet vinden. Ben benieuwd wat jij ervan vindt

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Will RFID kill EAS? 3 november 2014

Mar 16, 2014— by Bill Hardgrave, originally posted in the RFID Journal

Let me get this out of the way up front: I believe RFID will replace traditional electronic article surveillance for loss prevention in retail stores. The reason harkens back to the question I posed in my column Retail’s Trilogy: Which is better, one or more benefits?

EAS does one thing—it detects if something is going through a portal with a tag that has not been deactivated. It can’t tell you what the item is or whether more than one item is being stolen. RFID knows exactly what is going through the portal, and it can recognize each item. RFID not only extends EAS’s single functionality, it also has the capability to address inventory accuracy, out-of-stocks and many other use cases. As my good friend Bill Holder (former CIO of Dillard’s) used to say, “At least with RFID, we know exactly what was stolen, so we can restock it for someone else to steal.”

When an EAS-enabled alarm sounds, it is generally too late to stop the loss from occurring. With RFID, a retailer has the opportunity to actually prevent loss. The key is to use RFID-generated data to develop a loss-prevention system. A store, for example, could set up the system to recognize anomalies that indicate a theft is likely to occur, such as when a shopper takes two identical items into a dressing room or performs a “shelf sweep,” removing several products from a shelf quickly and simultaneously. The system could alert store personnel to keep an eye on the shopper, possibly preventing rather than merely detecting a theft.

Consumers have grown accustomed to the external EAS hard tags and EAS soft tags affixed to items, both designed to visibly warn a potential thief that an alarm will sound if the tag isn’t deactivated at the point of purchase. Some stores that adopt RFID may elect to use “dummy,” or empty, hard tags to continue the visual deterrent (especially on high-theft items), or post signs indicating that RFID is sewn or built into products. The RFID tags will need to be affixed to products so they cannot be easily removed. Some retailers are embedding RFID tags into the care labels of clothing, and I know of one European retailer that is sewing the tag into apparel.

EAS vendors are actively helping retailers transition from EAS to RFID by converting conventional EAS portals to dual-purpose portals that recognize both EAS and RFID tags, and by providing hybrid EAS-RFID hard tags.

Sorry, EAS, but your days are numbered. The issue is not whether EAS is a good technology, it’s just that RFID is a better technology. And better always disrupts the status quo.

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RFID’s star continues to rise

According to a new RFID sector survey (RFID Forecasts, Players and Opportunities 2014-2024) by IDTechEx Research, the RFID market will increase from $6.98 billion in 2012 to $7.88 billion, and will reach $23.4 billion in 2020. This includes tags, readers and software/services for RFID cards, labels, fobs and all other form factors—for both passive and active RFID.

The market for RFID has grown steadily despite the economic meltdown due to the diverse nature of its applications from tagging retail apparel to transport ticketing to animals. Historically and today, governments have driven most RFID orders as they improve efficiency (transit systems), safety (passport tagging) and protect industries (animal tagging).

Since 2000, there has been a strong push to use passive RFID to improve supply chain visibility, with a wide range of investment in new RFID technologies, new standards and much publicity. Inevitably, as with most new technologies, aspects were over-hyped and demand not in sync with capacity, but as we entered 2010 the industry emerged from the hype cycle and over the following years until now, has entered a period of rapid growth and profitability for some. There are different rates of growth for different applications and many challenges, and opportunities still exist. In total, IDTechEx finds that 5.9 billion tags will be sold in 2013 versus 4.8 billion in 2012.

The last five years has seen consolidation throughout the value chain in passive UHF RFID with some companies emerging in true phoenix-from-ashes style. This is mainly driven by one application—retail apparel—which demanded 2.25 billion RFID labels in 2013. As in most emerging technology, there will be blips along the way, such as the current UHF RFID litigation. But IDTechEx does not believe this is a show stopper—no-one makes money then.

After apparel tagging, passive UHF is deployed in many different application areas for asset tracking and other applications. These are small volumes in their own right, but add up to hundreds of millions of tags per year given the strong payback they give users. IDTechEx Research expected 3.1 billion passive UHF RFID tags to be sold in 2013.

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