I.D. Systems' RFID system tracks two more Walgreens facilities

Thursday, December 28, 2006

HACKENSACK, N.J.--I.D. Systems, a provider of RFID-based wireless asset tracking and management solutions, today announced that it has received purchase orders from Walgreens to deploy I.D. Systems' Wireless Asset Net industrial fleet management system. Asset Net will be utilized on fleets servicing the nation's largest drug store chain's distribution centers in South Carolina and Illinois, bringing the grand total to seven facilities for which Walgreens has contracted I.D. Systems to provide tracking solutions.
"We are very pleased to expand our relationship with Walgreens," said Rick Muntz, executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer satisfaction, in a provided release. Muntz mentioned improved safety and increased efficiency in warehouse operations as some of the benefits I.D. Systems' clients receive.
"Our customers have generally made their name on productivity and efficiency," said Greg Smith, vice president of marketing for I.D. Systems. "Our system is rather dramatically increasing productivity even when other systems are in place," said Smith.
The Wireless Asset Net system, which utilizes RFID technology, addresses workplace safety and security by providing electronic safety inspection checklists and restricting industrial vehicle access to trained operators (as required by OSHA.) It also automatically uploads vehicle data, reporting problems in real time, schedules maintenance according to usage, and reports on productivity.
Smith said that while traditional warehouse management systems show "x number of picks per hour," I.D. Systems Asset Net is able to "shed additional insight into that kind of standard by saying, you have x number of people who are meeting the standard, but they're doing it in seven hours of log-in time. Our system shows you where the peak activity is, on an individual, fleetwide and groupwide basis." I.D. Systems also counts Target, Avis Rental Cars, and the U.S. Post Office among its customers.
"The companies treat this technology like a competitive advantage because it gives them a new way to measure and therefore manage this component of their operations," said Smith. "We have unique metrics that we bring to the table, which therefore our customers are bringing to the table."