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Advanced RFID Demonstration Facility Opens
Unipart Logistics, Intermec, SAP join forces on RFID project
Oxford, UK, 23 May 2005 – Unipart Logistics, Intermec Technologies and SAP opened the world’s first logistics centre dedicated to improving business process through the use of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology at Unipart’s million sq ft distribution facility in Oxford.
The facility, called the Global Enterprise Model (GEM), developed and perfected over five years, is a 3D, large-scale model to replicate the end-to-end supply chain, linking raw material supplier to the final customer.
GEM encompasses all supply chain business steps and processes, IT functionality, and IT infrastructure. This enables the business community to simulate new, advanced logistics processes and technology in real world but risk-free environment, to test the impact and benefits of RFID deployment in terms of strategy, people and process.
Underpinned by SAP’s RFID platform, the system uses Intermec’s RFID readers and printers. The GEM simulates a real-life environment, complete with raw materials, picking systems, pallets and supermarket shelves complete with real goods, to create a physical representation of the cost benefits of RFID technology throughout the supply chain.
Unipart Logistics GEM Project Manager, Carl Powell, said: “With the agreement of new standards and the current investments being made by Tesco, M&S, Wal-Mart and other major retailers, it is evident that the next stage of RFID – widespread adoption - is a matter of months away.
“SAP, Intermec and Unipart Logistics are working together to meet the needs of the organisations which will soon adopt the technology.”
“The purpose of the facility is to demonstrate the real-life impact and benefits of an RFID-enabled supply chain. GEM can be used as a demonstration centre, but more importantly, can be used to implement RFID trials to clearly demonstrate the business case for real-life implementations.
“Potential RFID investors can also run their own warehouse hardware and software on the system at GEM to fully evaluate the benefits of RFID before implementing full-scale rollout at their own premises.”
Notes to editors:
Unipart Logistics is the logistics, consultancy and service management division of the Unipart Group of Companies (UGC) and is one of Europe’s leading providers of logistics to the automotive, technology, aerospace, rail, leisure and retail sectors.
Unipart Logistics is based upon the principle of “demand chain” management which reflects Unipart’s capability in managing complex global supply chains, from suppliers through to customers. Unipart’s fundamental approach to logistics is to deliver the greatest possible benefits to their clients by removing waste at each level of the supply chain.
Intermec Technologies Corp., a UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) company, develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets. Core technologies include, mobile computing systems, bar code printers, label media and Intellitag® RFID The company’s products and services are used by customers in many industries worldwide to improve the productivity, quality and responsiveness of business operations. For more information, visit www.intermec.co.uk.
SAP is the world’s leading provider of business software solutions*. Today, more than 27,000 customers in over 120 countries run more than 91,500 installations of SAP® software—from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and midsize businesses to enterprise-scale suite solutions for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver™ platform to drive innovation and enable business change, mySAP™ Business Suite solutions are helping enterprises around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP industry solutions support the unique business processes of more than 25 industry segments, including high tech, retail, public sector and financial services. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol “SAP.” (Additional information at <http://www.sap.com>)
(*) SAP defines business software solutions as comprising enterprise resource planning and related software solutions such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.
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