There are several ways that a system can provide improved efficiency for the asset management process. The degree of improvement will depend upon the configuration. Configurations that should be considered would include: barcode, passive RFID with mobile readers, passive RFID with fixed readers, active RFID, and some combination of the above.
Information — such as a description, sku/ part and serial number, manufacturing date, and maintenance history can be stored on the tags. Personnel can use a handheld scanner to read and update the RFID information wirelessly. This information then becomes an electronic record for that item. All this information is stored in a database which can be used for reporting and functions.
Asset Tagging Service Contracts – Hala SCS offers a service contract for the provision of a service to do inventory counts and including the RFID or Barcode tagging of a specific range of fixed items.
RFID tags / Cards – RFID tags are mainly used for identification of physical objects and store an ID called an Electronic Product Code (EPC) in the tag. More details of the physical object are stored in database files that can be accessed via a centralised network. The EPC from the tag is used to retrieve more details about the physical object from the network database. RFID tags come with additional memory on the tag, this more data to be stored on the tag, with lesser reliance on the centralised network database.
The All Barcode Solution - Moving to an all barcode solution with a mobile reader produce significant benefit. Asset identification is easy, fast and accurate. The operator knows exactly which assets have been processed and which have not. The system can be used to store notes providing a historical record for a given asset.
Route optimisation - Typically a 15-20% cost reduction and 10-15% improvement in sales coverage.
Route Scheduling Software - Descartes Route Planner™ RS (Formerly Roadshow)
Determining how to efficiently deliver orders while maximizing customer service is difficult. But the relationship drivers develop with their accounts also impacts route efficiency. Routing solutions need to balance service levels and delivery costs, while respecting established contacts. They should consider route distances and resulting fuel usage, stops per route, customer responsiveness, capacity and utilization. Descartes Route Planner RS meets these requirements and builds optimal plans based on available routes, fleet resources, and field personnel. As part of the Descartes Delivery Management™ Suite, it is an easy to use, easy-to-deploy application with a proven track record of delivering results. It integrates with the strategic planning and dispatching functionality of the other Descartes routing applications
Descartes Route Planner™ RS helps improve operational efficiency through better route development. Leveraging market-proven algorithms and geographic network modelling capabilities, it can enhance the order fulfilment process while reducing costs with shorter routes, reduced fuel consumption and enhanced fleet utilization.
Route Planner On-demand is a lightweight, but functionally rich application enabling organizations to have a centralized solution to manage their planned routes versus actual in real time. The source of the planned routes does not need to come from a Descartes product and most current telematics software can integrate with this system.
• Dispatch and Automated Vehicle Locator (AVL)
• Provides control and visibility for route execution activities
• GPS and status updates as well as rolling estimated time of arrivals (ETAs)
• Real-time visibility of task execution at delivery/pickup sites
• Collection of field data