Large Food Processor Tracks Returnable Bins in Real-time with RFID

Background: A large, global food processor had long relied on wooden bins to hold its picked fruit. The company would send these bins out to its growing sites, where farmers would fill them with produce and bring them to one of eight third-party storage locations. These storage locations would then manually give the fruit an identifier and a lot number, indicating where it came from and other shipment details. This information was printed on a human-readable label and stapled to the bin.

Challenge: Needed real-time tracking capabilities to account for the bins throughout their lifecycle and on a daily basis.

Solution: RFID tracking solution from Barcoding, Inc., consisting of Impinj RFID readers, passive UHF tags, Motorola handheld readers and RFID RealView™ software.

Result: With Barcoding’s RFID solution, the food processor is able to accurately track its bins and optimally allocate them to meet the needs of each location. The company has also expedited its physical counting process at the end of the growing season. Instead of sending out three employees to count bins over the course of three weeks, the processor can complete the process in one day with on-site employees. This saves time and resources, while increasing overall productivity.