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Optimising traceability

12 December 2012

Zetes has launched the ePOD which is designed to provide a flexible and affordable solution to optimising traceability across the supply chain. Based on a robust wall-mounted terminal that integrates RFID, wireless co

Zetes has launched the ePOD which is designed to provide a flexible and affordable solution to optimising traceability across the supply chain.

Based on a robust wall-mounted terminal that integrates RFID, wireless communication, smart card and barcoding technology, Zetes ePOD enables electronic proof of delivery of goods.

The solution is said to ensure errorfree traceability between production centres and warehouses, warehouses and retail outlets as well as during the movement of goods between locations such as retail-outlets, pharmacies or hospitals.

Zetes CEO Alain Wirtz says: "This solution has been designed by specialists within our 3i Competence Centre to offer a cost-efficient answer to the need for optimal traceability across the supply chain. Combining various Auto-ID technologies, it illustrates our continuous efforts to find synergy between both proven and innovative technologies." Product benefits are said to include on the fly correction during barcode/RFID scanning reducing mistakes, accurate delivery reducing returns and physical proof of delivery avoiding claims.

Zetes ePOD is a standalone solution that requires no integration with existing systems and can easily be used by third party carriers for a variety of delivery processes.

It works through a simple process.

During shipping, information of what needs to be delivered and where is stored on a smart card. At delivery, containers labelled with RFID tags or barcodes are passed in front of the RFID reader or scanner of the ePOD terminal and checked. Physical proof of delivery is stored on the smart card and sent via SMS to relevant stakeholders. Information is also uploaded to a repository, enabling data verification, image verification and reporting.
 
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