For any supply chain to succeed, the right infrastructure is needed to store and move materials within the distribution network. And within any distribution system, the basics of supply chain mechanics are built upon reliable lift trucks and containers to transport a wide assortment of goods inter-plant, intra-plant and beyond. In best-in-class supply chain operations, reusable containers are considered and deployed everywhere possible. Why? Because if they can be used cost effectively; it's good for the environment.
When reusable containers are deployed, there is always a high expectation that they'll find their way back to the source for re-use, providing the anticipated ROI. But controlling reusable containers can be thankless, painful and difficult, because the process is littered with problems. You don't know where the empty containers are, when to expect them back, how they're being used or what inhospitable storage conditions they're being subjected to. These challenges can easily eliminate any margins or cost savings tied to reusable container deployments.
Fortunately, there is a straightforward solution: Tracking with RFID. Reusable container tracking is a logical response to your investment and the daily effort to determine where reusable containers are when you need them.