152 pages | 5 Color Illus. | 28 B/W Illus.
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.
RFID PRIMER FOR LOGISTICS AND SUPPLY CHAINS
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
Open Systems, Closed Systems
The Complexity of a System's Variety
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
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?
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
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
Research Design and Methodology
Data to Measure
Current System Evaluation and Data Model
Capture Data Analysis
APPENDIX A: STUDY QUESTIONS
APPENDIX B: CASE STUDIES