International Paper Tries Real-time RFID

Interfaces warehouse and inventory apps to wireless solution for live tracking of paper rolls at Texas facility

Long Beach, CA — November 4, 2003 — International Paper is using a solution from Apriso at its recently revealed radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled warehouse in Texarkana, Texas, to help get paper rolls where they're going faster within the facility.

International Paper's first-of-its-kind Warehouse Tracking System allows it to track the physical location of paper rolls and transmit routing instructions to forklift operators in real time using RFID.

The company interfaced Apriso's FlexNet's Web-services-based warehousing and inventory management applications with International Paper's RFID inventory location application to provide real-time workflow instructions.

"The flexibility and high connectivity of FlexNet's database and workflow engine is a strong fit with the Warehouse Tracking System," said Michael Anderson, information technology manager at International Paper.

"There has been a lot of excitement about RFID recently, with much focus on the tags and the supporting electronics," said Adam Bartkowski, president and CEO of Apriso. "But RFID is all about connectivity to real-time events that can immensely improve business operations and intelligence."

For more information on the challenges of enterprise performance management in the age of real-time data, read "The Reality of Real-time Performance Management," the Net Best Thing column in the October/November 2003 issue of Supply & Demand Chain Executive.