Supply chain innovator, RFID Solution Centre Ltd, has formed a strategic alliance partnership with OATSystems, one of the worlds premier pioneers of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology framework software.

The partnership with OAT is designed to help companies in the transport and logistics supply chain to take full advantage of opportunities provided by RFID. The two companies will promote the benefits of RFID and will help companies in the supply chain to apply the technology to their business practices.

OAT will bring to the partnership a global network of retail and supply chain companies. The company has completed a number of high-profile RFID projects for customers such as Tesco, Hewlett-Packard and Gillette.

Meanwhile, RFID Solution Centres host and ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) integration products will complement OATs RFID suite and provide transport and logistics companies with the ability to accurately identify and locate stock at any point in the supply chain process.

The partnership will commission an RFID capability study to determine which companies in the supply chain could benefit from RFID. Experts will then visit the relevant companies, carry out an in-depth analysis of their existing practices and help them to apply RIFD to their business models.

RFID Solution Centre is based at Lingfield Point Business Park in Darlington and is the new subsidiary company of Agility Systems, which is part of Chelford Group PLC. The new company has been established to develop the potential of Agility Systems RFID consultancy services and integration software.

RFID reader-generated data can be converted into valuable, actionable information that could deliver a significant return on investment by capturing and analysing huge volumes of data. This data can improve product availability, highlight problem areas in the supply chain, reduce theft and counterfeiting, streamline logistics efficiency, and increase the accuracy of inventory and business forecasting.

Simon Storey, business development director at Agility, says: RFID is emerging as a growing technology and can give increased traceability to companies in the transport and logistics supply chain. These companies can therefore account for the movement of stock more easily, which gives them a better chance of retaining key customers.

The partnership with OAT will provide for this industry a robust RFID framework that integrates data from multiple facilities to provide increased visibility of goods across the supply chain. It will also offer an excellent range of products for third party logistics companies in particular.

Helen Mundy, business development manager at OAT (EMEA), adds: We are already working with major retailers such as Tesco and we are thrilled to form a strategic alliance with RFID Solution Centre. A growing requirement for transport and logistics companies is the integration of RFID to their existing supply chain systems. The RFID Solution centre can call upon staff with ten years experience of creating supply chain-centric integration services that meet the requirements of the transport and logistics supply chain. The alliances capability study will determine which companies in this supply chain could benefit from the application of RFID.

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