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RedPrairie WMS supports use of RFID technology from check-in to check-out


New WMS release brings better visibility, efficiency and control to Yard Management through RFID

RedPrairie Corporation, a world leading consumer driven optimization company, has integrated radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology into its Yard management system – a module of its WMS – to provide customers with a new level of visibility and control over yard operations and asset management. By using the area-awareness properties of RFID to track trailers from gate check-in through check-out, customers will be able to reduce the time, cost and uncertainties of managing trailer movements within their campuses.

Tom Kozenski, RedPrairie vice president product strategy, comments, “Customers with hundreds of trailers in their yards found that even with previous generation yard management systems and RF technology, tracking and locating individual trailers for yard movements and audits was challenging, especially when you consider the impact of the weather elements. Those without system support were even worse off. But the ability of RFID technology to read all of the tags in a given area makes finding trailers and verifying movements a natural by-product of proximity to fixed or mobile readers. This makes yard management more accurate and efficient.”

With the new WMS Yard management release, RFID readers at gates read passive RFID tags on trailers as they enter or leave the yard to verify and record their presence on-site. Fixed zone readers or mobile readers can be used to locate trailers within the yard, confirm trailer movements, and support yard audits. Built-in Event Management capabilities in the WMS can alert managers and initiate resolution to exceptions uncovered by the RFID reads.

The RFID-enablement of Yard management is contained in RedPrairie’s latest release of its industry-leading Warehouse Management solution (WMS). RedPrairie was a pioneer in integrating RFID technology into warehouse management operations and its WMS five years ago and continues to find new ways to leverage this technology to streamline distribution and provide efficient asset management.

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