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Fulcrum Technologies
Fulcrum is a privately owned software and services firm. Originally founded in 1984 as Barcodes West Systems Integration, this Seattle, US-based company was

barcodes  founded in 1984 as Barcodes West Systems Integration, this Seattle, US-based company was renamed Fulcrum in 1998. It provides asset tracking and materials management software solutions that includes specialized barcode labels and handheld data collection equipment that track assets in and outside of the field. Fulcrum has installed more than thirty telecommunication providers in the United States, Canada, and Ireland.

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Retail Technology Experiments at Metro AG


Last year, I had the pleasure of attending a Canadian retail conference where I was incredibly impressed by the presentation of Dr. Gerd Wolfram, the Managing Director of Metro Group Information Technology GmbH, IT service provider of the German retail giant Metro AG. Information technologies have a huge impact on retail business performance. This “magic” in IT technology was fantastic 15 to 20

barcodes  device. Customers can scan barcodes with their phones, store information about prices, coupons and discounts, create shopping lists, and even pay instead of using cash or credit card. Cash desks are also not forgotten—they are capable of recognizing a customer and charging them directly from their bank or mobile phone account using fingerprint scanners. Also, all cash registers are equipped with RFID scanners. As a result of these innovations, sales rose by 15% over the last year, and 20% of new Read More

AIM Vision


AIM Vision is a complete enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution for automotive suppliers, and includes electronic data interchange (EDI), Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) barcodes, release accounting, demand management, blanket purchase orders, supply chain replenishment, production scheduling, inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), 16949 and MMOG compliance, scrap accounting, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), standard costing, manufacturing executions system (MES), and more.  

barcodes  Industry Action Group (AIAG) barcodes, release accounting, demand management, blanket purchase orders, supply chain replenishment, production scheduling, inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), capacity requirements planning (CRP), 16949 and MMOG compliance, scrap accounting, maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), standard costing, manufacturing executions system (MES), and more. Read More

Jack Link's Beef Jerky Case Study: "Wal-Mart Didn't Make Me Do It" Part Three: Expected Benefits and Lessons Learned


The nagging question is, "Can SMEs justify RFID?" The answer is an emphatic "Yes." While SMEs may not have the economies of scale of large companies, their business case could end up being more positive since they typically do not face the “innovator’s dilemma” of an established barcode infrastructure.

barcodes  have not fully leveraged barcodes internally and thus still rely largely on manual data entry, resulting in untimely, inaccurate data and process inefficiencies. Whereas many large enterprises do not see a benefit from RFID through increased inventory accuracy, there appears to be a genuine opportunity for SMEs to leapfrog the barcode area and justify some of the cost of RFID based on automated, timely, and accurate data capture and its associated advantages. About the Author Joseph J. Strub has Read More

RFID Case Study: Gillette and Provia Part One: Background


The goal of the pilot project was not to see whether RFID tags on pallets and cases could be read automatically (although one should not assume that it is easy to achieve), but rather to develop or improve the systems and business processes needed to sustain higher levels of efficiency and productivity.

barcodes  current identification methods (i.e., barcodes) but significantly increase the cost. Thus, to achieve these additional above-touted business benefits, RFID use must automate business processes for better stock identification, and the act of automating information collected from stock movements requires considerable additional business logic and analytics. For example, just an RFID reading event will not give any indication as to whether the stock is moving out or in , and without the use of multiple Read More

ROI for RFID: A Case Study Part Two: Implementation and Results


If companies are to find value in radio frequency identification (RFID), they need to view this technology as more than eliminating the scanning gun from the barcode equation. Companies considering implementing RFID must think beyond the confines of the four walls of the plant and factory in order to take full advantage the benefits that this type of technology has to offer. However, as is with any emerging technology, the bottom line is to only implement RFID when the ROI justifies it.

barcodes  for RFID: A Case Study Part Two: Implementation and Results Implementation Plan and Timeline This research note looks at how one company, KiMs , with the assistance of Microsoft Business Solutions , achieved its anticipated return of investment (ROI) and successfully implemented RFID. See Part One for an introduction to RFID technology, statement of the problem it is to solve, and companies involved in implementing it. Not too surprisingly, the implementation plan for RFID is not very different from Read More

The Middle Kingdom - From Wired to Wireless


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barcodes  when people call this barcodes on steroids'. There is already a world of EDI/scan data standards out there. How will middleware logic integrate and interpret to the miniature sensing devices, and interpret smell, spoilage, etc? There is huge power in the physical/sensing attributes of this technology—yet to be developed. All this is pretty cool stuff. And somewhere in your RFID stack all this work will need to get done. Ironically, the middleware applications in the market don't necessarily do all of Read More

ERP Vendors Intrude on SCE/WMS Safe Haven


Within the warehouse management system (WMS) market, which is still the main breadwinning offering for most of the SCE vendors, most products are functionally on par with mere nuances in ease of configuration or industry focus to differentiate the winner. ERP vendors have taken advantage of this unfavorable perception for WMS specialists to in the very least shore up their huge install bases, if not compete for some "green field" WMS opportunities.

barcodes  for the next generation barcodes as a mainstream method of business-to-business [B2B] product identification—called the EPC), and has created proof of concepts with retailers Metro and Procter & Gamble . For a detailed discussion of RFID technology see RFID—A New Technology Set to Explode . Having been an overall enterprise applications leader, SAP has a more holistic view of where RFID should fit and is building capabilities that will enable it to have more flexibility in how RFID is applied for Read More

RedPrairie to Spread Across Europe through LIS Acquisition Part Three: User Recommendations


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barcodes  to Spread Across Europe through LIS Acquisition Part Three: User Recommendations User Recommendations The long predicted consolidation within the warehouse management systems (WMS)/ supply chain execution (SCE) market seems finally to be happening. It has started however by an unexpected route, since instead of a direct intra-market consolidation, some public SCE/WMS vendors or smaller, even profitable but undercapitalized and undervalued WMS/SCE vendors have found shelter under wealthy, more Read More

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How can you transport large quantities of goods efficiently, without affecting cost and profitability across the supply chain? Moreover, how do you accurately track and document the movement of these goods? Some companies are using the latest technology to manage their quantity distribution, by applying radio frequency identification (RFID) label products to plastic pallets and reusable plastic containers (RPCs).

barcodes  Plastic Pallets and Reusable Containers with RFID Tags How can you transport large quantities of goods efficiently, without affecting cost and profitability across the supply chain? Moreover, how do you accurately track and document the movement of these goods? Some companies are using the latest technology to manage their quantity distribution, by applying radio frequency identification (RFID) label products to plastic pallets and reusable plastic containers (RPCs). Read More

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barcodes  Technology: Changing Business Dramatically, Today and Tomorrow The move to radio frequency identification (RFID) integration may result in high costs, arising from the need to maintain multiple interfaces between RFID and other enterprise systems. This means implementing a software architecture that encompasses current and future technology, combined with a data architecture that enables you to manage massive amounts of data at a low total cost of ownership. Read More

As Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges


Radio frequency identification (RFID) is the latest technology to gain major recognition as being a sizeable market for the future. The RFID ecosystem includes a diverse grouping of solution providers, but the opportunity for market leadership remains wide open.

barcodes  Hype Becomes Reality, a Radio Frequency Identification Ecosystem Emerges Background Radio frequency identification (RFID) has been a major topic of discussion for a couple of years now, with Wal-Mart and the United States Department of Defense driving the attention already focused on this technology to a whole new level, thus triggering the corresponding RFID hype of the media, trade publications, and analyst community. Of particular interest has been the emergence of an RFID ecosystem of hardware, Read More

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barcodes  Leaders Partner To See Beyond Their Portfolios Event Summary Lately, some supply chain execution (SCE) leaders, not wanting to rest on their laurels of recently outperforming the entire enterprise applications market (if not many more other markets across the entire economy spectrum), have entered a number of partnerships with the aim to thereby extend their value proposition far beyond their expertise on the execution side of the supply chain management (SCM). The partnerships detailed in this note Read More

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