The ‘R’ in the ROI for RFID deployments , Part1 [Focus on Vertically Integrated Manufacturers]

Building on my previous post (Er…Isn’t this really about “Execution”), in this 2 part series of posts, i’d like to illustrate the ‘Returns’ that our customers are seeing on deploying packaged SW to eliminate errors and improve productivity on their factory-floors and warehouse operations – this is not intended to be an exhaustive compilation of returns that are possible / being observed but rather a brief snapshot based on information gleaned from our end-user community using S3Edge’s software for Supply Chain Asset Tracking in the HealthCare, Pharma, 3PL, & HVAC Industry Verticals.

In Part 1, we will look at returns that Vertically Integrated Manufacturers are obtaining (where a vertically integrated business  is defined as “absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in all aspects of a product’s manufacture from raw materials to distribution”; Classic example: Carnegie Steel) by deploying packaged RFID-based software for Real-Time Visibility & Control of their assets across a close loop supply chain.

Slide #1 addresses manufacturing specific scenarios, the second slide addresses warehousing and distribution scenarios, and the way to interpret the data on the slide is as follows :

  • Blue boxes on top represent existing business processes
  • The middle light blue box walks through a Before and After analysis (comparing the value of RFID technology usage when compared to current existing processes, where the RFID solution was used to extend and complement the existing Line-of-Business layer vs. replacing it – and this is extremely important to be recognize)
  • And finally the green box illustrates the ROI in terms of $ impact to the business when this is deployed

As always, I’d love to get your thoughts and insights on the content and brainstorm additional areas where RFID adds value to your existing business process.

If you’d like to learn more and review a data-sheet / white-paper, along with a detailed deck on the scenarios and ROI for similar projects you are considering, send us a note at or sign up for a demo session online at 

Look forward to hearing from you!



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