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From asset tracking to contact tracing: new uses for data capture/POS

How asset monitoring will continue to offer extra value post pandemic

May 04, 2021

From asset tracking to contact tracing: new uses for data capture/POS
With explosive demand for online ordering and fulfillment driven by 2020’s global pandemic, it’s become more important than ever for warehouses to be able to track stock levels, shipments, deliveries and more.
After all, the growth of e-commerce since COVID-19 has been nothing short of staggering. A recent Adobe study found e-commerce accelerated by up to six years during the pandemic, reaching $82.5 billion—a whopping 77% year-over-year rise.
Through the pandemic, however, many companies have also realized the secondary benefits of Data Capture/POS (DC/POS) technologies. Asset tracking solutions, like those from Zebra and others, have been repurposed to perform contact tracing and determine which areas of a warehouse need sanitizing.
Contact tracing within manufacturing facilities – During the pandemic, Real Time Locating Systems have been used to help combat worker safety issues. Workers are asked to wear an electronic tag (with an assigned ID number to ensure privacy). These tags can be tracked in real time as workers move throughout the facility—ensuring social distancing and, if a worker tests positive for COVID, to share location data and alert co-workers who might have been working in the same area.
Identifying areas for increased sanitation – In manufacturing areas or warehouses, real-time tracking devices can also be used to target work cells that might need deeper cleaning, or to identify and eliminate potential hotspots and high traffic areas on the plant floor.      
Maintaining safe operations during global crises – The added capabilities of contact tracing and worker protection can help frontline businesses, critical infrastructure and essential supply chains stay operational and productive during dynamic times, emergencies and other global events.  
Personnel tracking for increased safety – When people work in a large warehouse, a yard, a mine or other sizeable areas, RFID people-tracking systems can provide tags for personnel and log their movements from one zone to another in real time. This allows asset monitoring systems to track and pinpoint individuals’ exact locations and provide immediate response and protection, if needed.
Smart investment for general warehouse management, too – Of course, once RFID infrastructure and other DC/POS systems are installed, they also bring great value through “traditional” warehouse management use cases, making them an especially wise investment.
Improved logistics and warehouse management – Examples include production control, asset tracking, forklift traffic control and usage optimization, worker safety, visitor tracking and access control fleet management.
Inventory waste and forecasting – Smart devices can also be used to closely monitor more variables than ever—like low stock, operational efficiency and cold-chain monitoring for temperature-sensitive perishables.
To learn more about RFID systems—and their increasing applications—talk to your Ingram Micro sales rep, who’ll put you in touch with one of our DC/POS experts.


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