American Port Services Eyes Customers' Compliance with RFID Requirements

3PL provider to incorporate HighJump solution in first stage of integrating radio frequency identification into business processes

3PL provider to incorporate HighJump solution in first stage of integrating radio frequency identification into business processes

Eden Prairie, MN  June 11, 2004  Georgia-based third-party logistics (3PL) provider American Port Services (APS) is set to use a compliance solution from supply chain execution (SCE) specialist HighJump Software as part of an effort to help its customers meet retailers' radio frequency identification requirements.

The services that APS provides for its clients include all modes of transportation, distribution centers, yard management services, cross-docking facilities, export-packing capabilities, distribution center (DC) space and a company-owned truck fleet. APS currently manages more than 4 million square feet of warehouse space for retailers, manufacturers and shippers who use APS as a sole-source logistical provider.

Specifically, APS will implement HighJump's Compliance Advantage at its distribution center in Norfolk, Va., to manage radio frequency identification (RFID) tag application for pallets and cases whenever required. The system will also create scannable advance shipping notice (ASN) labels and send detailed ASN data to alert retailers of a forthcoming shipment.

HighJump says that Compliance Advantage's flexibility will allow APS to configure specific processes to use RFID, bar codes or both, depending on each customer's unique requirements.

"As a 3PL provider, we need to be proactive about implementing RFID and other advanced processes to effectively address our customers' needs," said Ty Cobler, director of operations of APS. "HighJump continually empowers us to do just that."

Compliance Advantage will integrate with the HighJump suite of supply chain execution solutions currently implemented at five APS fulfillment and distribution facilities. APS uses HighJump's applications for warehouse management, yard management and management visibility.

"We looked to HighJump for our RFID needs in part because of the success and ROI we've achieved with our current HighJump solutions, and because of HighJump's ability to differentiate its RFID offering from competing options," Cobler said.

Chris Heim, president of HighJump Software, said, "APS and its customers will benefit from the flexibility of Compliance Advantage, which will help ensure that the appropriate shipments contain RFID tags as needed to meet the requirements of the top retailers and other organizations."

HighJump Software, a 3M company, provides best-of-breed supply chain execution solutions.