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Real-Time Visibility for the Supply Chain with RAIN Featured

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Companies in the supply chain sector worldwide are increasingly investing in modern technologies like AI and IoT to enhance performance. This has even been increased by the pandemic that has made in-person operations nearly impossible. These digital solutions have allowed businesses to capture and use their data and promote efficiency. Unlike the manual processes that can result in inefficiencies, errors and delays, using technology enhances productivity, visibility and accuracy. That is why supply chain companies are increasingly capitalizing on technology to make things work. With the Internet of Things (IoT), inventory management and asset tracking can be modernized, and transparency in operations can be improved. RAIN RFID is one such technology that can be adopted to solve inefficiency and human error issues.  Here are some ways you can use RAIN RFID technology in your supply chain to bridge the IoT gap.


What is RAIN RFID?

RAIN RFID is an IoT technology that allows itemized collection of data. Using small, battery-free tags attached to items, RFID RAIN technology enables supply chain companies to identify, locate and authenticate items using various devices such as wearable readers, handheld devices and fixed readers. This technology improves a company's operational capabilities as it ensures they receive or send the right items to the right locations and quantities and at the right time. During the COVID-19 pandemic, RFID RAIN solutions helped limit disruptions in sectors such as retail and manufacturing.

How can real-time visibility enhance supply chains?

As organizations seek to take advantage of the current digital transformation to enhance technology adoption, IoT and RAIN RFID in particular will help organizations track-and-trace and manage inventory. According to CIO Review, COVID-19 exposed some serious issues and vulnerabilities in supply chain management. RAIN RFID technology accelerates movements and efficiencies in the supply chain. It connects items to the internet. IoT ensures real-time item visibility and eases authentication of items. With products connected, supply chain operators can improve productivity while harnessing and sharing data. This makes sharing of data and decision-making easy.

The IoT promises to connect millions of items to the internet, creating countless possibilities in the process. When attached to items, RAIN RFID tags allow data to be read and analyzed using different applications. With this, information related to each item can be harnessed to enhance innovation. Apart from improving connectivity, RAIN RFID tags are inexpensive. The benefits of using IoT include flexible reader locations and easy scanning of items to confirm whether they are transported to the right place or loaded to the correct truck. By leveraging supply chain automation, accuracy is improved, and so does speed in the processing of transactions. RAIN RFID solutions allow full visibility and control that will enable you to track items across all locations, streamline distribution centres and remove errors in shipping.

By automating shipment verification, RAIN RFID reduces the significant labor needed to handle manual barcodes during shipment processing. Unlike the manual methods, RAIN RFID tags allow automatic reading without a direct line of sight, erasure or manual location of barcodes. Furthermore, RAIN RFID’s potential to deliver real-time visibility improves performance and provides information needed to manage assets on transit. By taking advantage of this technology, leaders in supply chain firms get information regarding items identity, usage and location. With this information, you can easily make quick decisions regarding your inventory and assets and reduces the cost of managing assets.

As the need to drive digital transformation gains ground during the pandemic, supply chain and logistics professionals have been forced to become tech-savvy. As we prepare for a new post-pandemic era, companies must therefore prepare to increase their awareness and adoption of AI, IoT and RAIN RFID. These technologies will play a crucial role in adapting the industry to the new demands and set them up for the future. 

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