Recession-Proof RFID: 6 Steps for Success

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Rush Tracking Systems offers best practices for recession-proofing your RFID deployment with quantifiable business results.

Now more than ever, investments in RFID require businesses to identify and deliver quantifiable business results for labor savings, inventory management, and other operational and "network effects." Rush Tracking Systems (http://www.rushtrackingsystems.com), an industry-leading RFID business process consulting and systems integration company, offers these six best practices for recession-proofing your RFID deployment:

1) Identify and quantify the business value of RFID.
Focus on specific use cases where real-time visibility provides tangible cost savings, such as automatically replenishing components to reduce labor costs, on-hand inventory and costly errors. Keep a broad perspective across the value chain to identify additional value add use cases to leverage the "network benefit" of RFID. The greater the number of touch points for each tagged asset, the stronger the business case for RFID.

2) Assess the processes impacted by RFID.
What would you do differently if you had low-cost, real-time accurate visibility into your people, assets, and processes? Think about opportunities to improve productivity, quality, throughput, and overall value to your customers. Identify which non-value-added process steps could be simplified or eliminated, and document current and desired process flows.

When resources are constrained and budget is tight, it's time to rethink legacy processes and focus on delivering value to your customers more than ever before.

3) Establish an enterprise roadmap and prioritize individual projects based on risk, cost, and value.
The enterprise vision establishes what direction you will take the organization; however, once the strategy is in place, it needs to be broken down into smaller, more manageable steps. Ideally, each step would stand alone and deliver cost savings and valuable knowledge about technology, business process and captured benefits to justify additional steps towards your strategic goal.

4) Deploy responsibly with clear goals.
Be honest about defining the expected outcome for each step of your project. Most likely, you will need to balance the challenges and benefits of creating, enhancing, or eliminating current processes with introducing new technology, when assessing the true financial impact of your investment.

5) Assess and communicate the value delivered to the business.
At the beginning of each project, determine how you plan to measure benefits and communicate results with others. It is important to evaluate the impact of a pilot project, how results will be measured, and how the costs and benefits will be extrapolated to the rest of the business, to ensure that enterprise cost savings can be realized across multiple SKUs, product lines, plants, and business divisions. Capturing organizational benefits cleanly from the outset and stating assumptions up front will enable you to correlate and integrate measurable results each step of the way.

6) Iterate your plan based on learnings.
While we all start with the end goal in mind, it's important to evolve your project plan based on incremental learning. Reassessing which processes are positively impacted by RFID, adjusting scope and prioritizing the value of use cases is a key element of unlocking the true value of RFID.

About Rush Tracking Systems
Rush Tracking Systems provides world-class RFID systems integration and business process consulting services for organizations looking to maximize the business value and performance of investments in RFID tracking technologies. The company offers unsurpassed RFID technical expertise and market-proven products from the industry's leading manufacturers.

As RFID industry veterans, Rush Tracking has the experience and integrity to recommend, build and deliver the right tracking solutions to meet clients' business needs. The company has proven expertise in industrial manufacturing, aerospace and defense, automotive, pharmaceutical, consumer packaged goods, retail, and petrochemical industries. Call (913) 227-0922 or visit http://www.rushtrackingsystems.com for more information.

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