Pack Expo saw nearly 45,000 attendees flock to Chicago last month for an incredible array of cutting-edge technologies. Every aspect of packaging and shipping was present, from pharmaceuticals to food to industrial items.
New California Bill AB 1760 “Bulk Merchandise Pallets” changes the rules for junk dealers and recyclers
What happens to plastic and wooden shipping pallets when they’re lost, forgotten or misplaced? They stack up. There’s hardly a wholesaler or distribution center that isn’t cluttered with stacks and stacks of pallets of every description.
Visibility solutions are a slam dunk win for supply chain managers, especially in such perilous times. They’re now a fundamental element that must be forged into every link. But too many supply chains contain a vanishing point where visibility fades to black.
Whatever you think of the current generation, we can agree that it means true digitization of the supply chain from end to end, and includes technologies such as Internet of Things (often called IoT), robotics, artificial intelligence analytics, and – notably for our purposes – the application of sensors such as low-cost RFID tags, all of it floating in a big data lake.
If you have product headed for Walmart’s distribution centers (or would like to), the rules are about to change. Walmart has mandated that many goods headed for its shelves must be RFID tagged no later than September 2. And to meet that “in stock” date, tagging must be in place by August 17.
Our planet needs us more than ever now, and supply chain managers can take impactful steps – such as replacing single-use transport items with returnable transport items (RTIs) – that will quickly add up to major gains. While RTI can rapidly enhance the efficiency and costs of operating your overall supply chain, there’s potentially much more to gain.
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