Radio frequency identification (RFID) is the latest buzzword in the world of manufacturing and distribution technology. If you believe the press releases, it is a panacea and cure-all for what ails the industry. While RFID may not solve world hunger, you may not want to propose a solution without it. This research note looks at a recent and successful, implementation of RFID, examining the characteristics of the process and common obstacles and speed bumps to avoid.
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Employing 270 people and shipping approximately 100,000 pallets of snacks in 2003, the company's revenues were $67 million (USD). KiMs is owned by Chips Koncernen , a leading chips and snack foods producer in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Working with 200 suppliers and producing 55 different snack products, KiMs has over 8,400 customers consisting of supermarkets, gas stations, and kiosks. Domestically, KiMs utilizes a third party logistics provider (3PL) to warehouse and distribute their