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Shipping Rack Tracking for Container Centralen

Fluensee : 29 October, 2009  (Application Story)
A US Horticultural distributor will implement RFID tracking systems for 250,000 shipping racks to improve logistics and inventory control
Fluensee, a provider of RFID-enabled asset tracking and supply chain management solutions, has announced that Container Centralen will implement Fluensee's AssetTrack solution to gain better visibility, control and utilization of the CC racks it provides to North American customers.

Container Centralen (CC) is a leader in the horticultural logistics industry, managing more than 3.5 million CC racks that it provides to customers globally. The initial roll out of the RFID asset tracking system will include approximately 150 locations and 250,000 CC racks supplied to horticultural customers throughout North America. Austin, Texas-based RF Code will provide the active tags, readers and infrastructure for the tagging of CC's fleet of shipping racks in North America.

Fluensee's AssetTrack will provide Container Centralen with improved visibility, tracking, accountability and utilization of the CC racks as they move through the supply chain. Believed to be the largest active RFID deployment in the industry to date, this solution will provide Container Centralen with up-to-date, accurate inventory information to help the company streamline its container shipping activity and automate current manual processes, resulting in reduced labor costs and improved customer service.

'Container Centralen is excited to be working with Fluensee and RF Code to implement an RFID-enabled solution to provide improved visibility of our CC racks and contribute to our ongoing commitment to the highest quality of customer service,' said Sonny Costin, president of Container Centralen. 'We chose Fluensee for its real-world RFID expertise and its comprehensive AssetTrack solution, which will allow our customers to optimize the use of our CC racks and create opportunities for improved efficiency and reduced cost.'

The AssetTrack solution incorporates all of the elements required to implement an RFID-enabled reusable asset tracking solution - software, hardware and services. AssetTrack will provide Container Centralen with exception-based alerting functionality; extensive reporting capabilities to facilitate improved decision support and provide better analysis of CC rack activity; and the ability to use RFID handhelds in the field to take inventory, locate specific assets and perform cycle counts. Because AssetTrack works with any platform and RFID hardware, CC has the flexibility to use the latest RFID technology as it emerges over time, offering the investment protection that businesses seek in today's economic environment. The target date for the completion of this solution within Container Centralen will be February 2010.

'Industry-leader Container Centralen has a long-term vision for RFID, a technology that will ultimately make it possible to track and trace horticultural products from the grower to the retail outlet,' said Tim Harvie, Fluensee president and CEO. 'With Fluensee AssetTrack and RFID, Container Centralen will be able to establish a knowledge base of CC rack movements, and can use that information to make broad improvements and cost savings throughout the horticultural supply chain.'
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