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RFID Metrics

Decision Making Tools for Today's Supply Chains, 1st Edition

By William Oliver Hedgepeth

CRC Press

152 pages | 5 Color Illus. | 28 B/W Illus.

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In today's hyper-competitive business climate, organizations are always under pressure to adapt to new technological trends or "hot" business process models. Radio frequency identification (RFID) is one such trend that promises to revolutionize logistical systems and provide total-lifecycle tracking of products. However, blindly adopting RFID technology without thoroughly considering its impact is just as dangerous as not adopting it at all.

Based on the author's experience testing and implementing RFID technology in both industrial and military cases, RFID Metrics: Decision Making Tools for Today's Supply Chains explains how to evaluate the need for this technology. The author focuses on the problems RFID is meant to solve, if such problems exist in your organization, and the metrics you can use to make effective decisions. After establishing what RFID is and how it fits into the systems concept, the book discusses current RFID applications around the world, reveals key metrics for decision making as well as how to develop new metrics unique to RFID, demonstrates a war game for exploring RFID, and presents statistical methods for analyzing the data collected from the war games or gathered during implementation.

While other books focus on the nuts and bolts of the technology, RFID Metrics is the first book to outline a detailed method for analyzing and deciding if RFID is right for your organization.

Table of Contents

RFID PRIMER FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAINS

Introduction

History of RFID

RFID Compared to Bar Codes

How Does an RFID System Work?

Active versus Passive Tags

Why the Interest in RFID?

Current Applications for RFID

RFID is but One Auto-ID System

RFID is Not New

SYSTEMS CONCEPTS OF USING RFID

Systems

Open Systems, Closed Systems

Decision Making

The Complexity of a System's Variety

Emerging Complexity

Decision Making and Industrial Dynamics

Identifying the Problem

Listening to the Customer

Define the Problem

Assemble the Data

Formulate a View

Develop a Model

Exercise the Model

Test the Model

Develop an Implementation Plan

Feedback

APPLICATIONS OF RFID AND HOW TO VIEW THEM FOR YOUR USE

Current Applications for RFID

RFID Adoption in China

The Most Important Issue for China

RFID Adoption in the Russian Far East and Moscow

Alaska Wild Harvest Seafood

TRADITIONAL METRICS FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAINS

What is a Metric?

Traditional Metrics

Metrics Issues with Time and Temperature Tags

Temperature Controlled Chain of Custody

Metrics Illustration: Warehouse Record Accuracy

Approach to Developing Metrics

DEVELOPING A FEW NEW METRICS FOR RFID APPLICATIONS

Supply Chains, Metrics, and Transportation

Transport Supply and Demands

The Metrics Trap Coming with RFID

WAR GAME PLANNING FOR RFID

Assumption-Based Planning

Business Transition War Game for RFID

What is a War Game?

War Game for Alaska and RFID

War Game Learning Objectives for Alaska RFID Business Case

War Game Design

War Game Dynamics

War Game Schedule

Task to be Performed

Assumptions for RFID

RFID FORECASTING STATISTICS FOR DECISION MAKING

Metrics for an RFID Pilot Program

Problem Statement

Scope

Assumptions

Research Design and Methodology

Data to Measure

Current System Evaluation and Data Model

Statistical Analysis

Capture Data Analysis

APPENDIX A: STUDY QUESTIONS

APPENDIX B: CASE STUDIES

EPILOGUE

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS076000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Purchasing & Buying
TEC009060
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering