The Future of RFID in the Logistic Industry.

RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) is the way of the future for shipping and transportation industry.

What is RIFD and how will it benefit the supply chain industry? Radio Frequency Identification is an automatic devise that is used for identification purposes and is functions through tags or transporters. This small object comparable to the size of rice grain can be implanted or attached to any product or animal. It works on the basis of radio waves and is a chip-based devise. It requires no inner power source such as batteries or outlets.  This devise has a receiver and transmitter and allows for the shipment information to automatically be transmitted without mistakes.

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APEC favors eliminating trade barriers

U.S. President Barack Obama formally opened the 19th annual summit in Hawaii of Asia-Pacific leaders on Sunday, November 14th ,  one day after securing agreement on the outlines of a deal to create a huge Pacific Rim free trade zone.

The leaders of the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation agreed to adopt market-driven innovation policies, reduce tariffs and eliminate other barriers to trade in environmental goods and services, and improve regulation to reduce unnecessary burdens on businesses.

Expanding export opportunities in the world’s fastest-growing regions will help U.S. growth and jobs.

The Heads of State and Government of the 21 APEC countries reached the conclusion that world trade should be further liberalized amid global economic uncertainty

According to a source in the APEC secretariat, Russia will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit on September 8-9, 2012 in Vladivostok.

As a host country for APEC-2012, Russia has already outlined the agenda of the future meeting. It will mainly consists of the same issues tacked in Honolulu this weekend. Some of them are access to financial services and also the development of treasury economic system in the region.

Maersk Triple E Set to be World’s Largest Ship

Economies of scale are about to raise one the largest ships in the world which will be launched by Maersk. An order of twenty newest Triple E container ships is coming from Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. These ships will have a great capacity of 18000 TEU (twenty foot equivalent) containers on a ship 400 meters long and 59 meters wide which would take a train over 68 miles long to carry a similar tonnage.
The service would run through Asia-Europe and would reach Spain from Shanghai in 20 days. The ships are eco-friendly and will sail at the lowest speed to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. They are designed and built entirely to be recyclable and to contain all necessary information about their disassembling & disposal process.

Remembering Steve Jobs

“That’s been one of my mantras — focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.”
– Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was one of the greatest disruptive innovators of all time. His innovations completely changed how all of us function on a daily basis. We think of Steve Jobs as a technology innovator, but think about his innovations beyond technology such as supply chain, business model and process innovation.
Apple has built an effective innovation system to harness creativity in its people, stimulate new ideas, streamline design process, and launch successful, profitable new innovations.
Apple has always shipped its own proprietary software. What Steve recognized earlier than any other computer make that the value of the computer comes from the software, not the case or power supply. Apple has always been a system integrator, a crucial approach to open innovation in component-based industries.
The Apple 1, II, Macintosh and other products were made out standardized components, including CPUs from MOS Technology and Motorola. With the rise of global supply chains during the 1990s we take that for granted that this is normal, but it was certainly not normal in the 1960s and 1970s for market leading computer companies like IBM and DEC.
Apple is not just beating its rivals through superiority in design; Steve Jobs’ deep experience in hardware mass has been brought to bear in creating an unrivaled exclusive supply chain of advanced technology literally years ahead of anyone else on the planet.
The supply chain model is changing. Everyone today wants to be like Apple. What’s the secret? There are a few reasons. First, Apple has remarkably few products. Apple is so focused on what it does best, it’s able to streamline its operations and specialize in doing what it does better than anyone else. Because it has such a small product lineup, Apple can also develop exclusive relationships with its suppliers. Material for their product comes from 3 countries: Taiwan, Singapore and USA, traveling to China to be assembled, inventoried, and then fulfilled to retailers and to customers via purchases from the Apple Store.
Today we are reading about Steve Job as an innovator. I don’t really see his product innovation prowess as the characteristic that sets him apart from the rest. It was his ability to pull it all together–design, manufacturing, cost, supply chain, marketing, financing, distribution–all of it. And he did it with genuine passion for creating a better quality of life.
The few individuals who have the ability to innovate and create things that we didn’t realize we needed–and then deliver them on a massive scale in a way that impacts millions of people’s lives–are those very rare people who will be admired for generations: Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Henry Ford … Steve Jobs

The Right 3PL Can Save You Time and $$$

One of the key elements that separate successful, profitable companies from those that are at or below average is how they manage their inventory.

As any business with multiple stock keeping units and multiple orders per day knows logistics is more complex than just putting up some shelving and making a few trips to the post office. From the local tee-shirt company to the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical company and companies of all sizes in between, managing inventory is a major business challenge.

Inventory is the largest single asset that most companies have. Unfortunately, it consumes space, gets damaged, and sometimes becomes obsolete. Inventory itself does not create value for customers. Yet for most companies, inventory is a necessary component of the business cycle and must be carefully managed.

The most efficient companies always look for ways to streamline operations and keep costs under control. Many companies have outsourced as much infrastructure as possible in an attempt to focus on core competencies. Outsourced logistics, or third party logistics (3PL), as it is often called, has grown as an industry because of its ability to offer ever more finely tuned supply chain solutions.

RCL Agencies, Inc. is specializing in not only shipping and transportation but also offer a wide range of supply chain solutions. The company’s everyday work for customers in the field of logistics management includes customized management reports, door-to-door freight tracking system, interrelations with global agents, project management from A to Z, flexible and reliable database system, pre-advise on each order or consignment, and much more!

By choosing the right 3PL company you can save time and reduce the overall logistics cost. 

“We here at RCL are willing and able to assist you with the on time deliveries you require.”