Sensing the Supply Chain

While barcodes and QR codes are still widely used as sensors in the supply chain, it’s the need for analytics and predictive data that’s driving an evolution in sensor technology and usage.

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As a truckload of fruits and vegetables heads down an interstate, a nearby vehicle blows a tire causing sudden braking with debris damaging the reefer’s generator. Nearly 200 miles away, a warehouse supervisor receives data notification from inside the reefer that severe shock and vibration occurred and that the internal temperature is slowly dropping. Because of sensors throughout the reefer trailer and within the pallets of perishables, the 3PL was able to inspect and transfer the cargo to another reefer while preserving 80 percent of the load.

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