Enabling Pallet-level Tracking for RFID Testing

CHEP Innovation Center using RedPrairie solution to provide supply chain information sharing

Waukesha, WI — March 22, 2004 — Supply chain solution provider RedPrairie is providing real-time visibility for radio frequency identification (RFID) testing at the Innovation Center at pallet and container pooling specialist CHEP, helping to achieve improved network visibility to enable pallet-level tracking for RFID testing in a real-world environment.

CHEP's Innovation Center in Orlando, Fla., is a development and validation facility dedicated to the design and execution of tests that address key supply chain issues. Recent mandates from several mass retailers and from the U.S. Department of Defense require suppliers to track inventory at the pallet and case level by January 2005. The Innovation Center demonstration shows how suppliers can utilize the CHEP PLUS ID offering to help streamline their supply chain processes.

CHEP has implemented RedPrairie's visibility tool, LENS, to demonstrate successful RFID tracking of inventory across the supply chain. In this demonstration, LENS provides real-time and historical visibility of the CHEP pallet and associated products. It utilizes GlobeRanger's iMotion edgeware platform to process RFID data and interact with EPC Information Service to create summarized, end-to-end graphical views of customer supply chains.

CHEP is also leveraging RedPrairie's supply chain expertise during the design and execution of customized tests to determine how companies can best deploy RFID in their environment and address companies' specific material handling needs.

"RedPrairie's visibility tool is an integral component in the RFID supply chain product information sharing demonstration we are conducting for EPCglobal members and our customers," said Puneet Sawhney, program manager for RFID at CHEP.

"RedPrairie and CHEP have worked together since co-founding the RFID Center of Excellence with Unilever, Intermec and other leading consumer goods and technology companies in March 2002," said John Jazwiec, company leader at RedPrairie. "Our latest partnership combines advanced supply chain solutions, RFID technology and decades of experience to provide companies with sophisticated, real-world testing for successful RFID deployment."

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