Intermec raises the bar in bar-coding

Supply-chain automation specialist shares vision at GITEX

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Intermec raises the bar in bar-coding Anybody who is anybody and anybody who wants to become anybody, comes to GITEX: Snadden.
By  Stephen McBride Published  October 18, 2012

"Intermec is one of the global leaders in the auto-ID space and has been around for in excess of 46 years," Snadden explained. "It is the only company in this space that has the breadth of products, solutions and services that span scanning and rugged-mobile computing to deliver the right tools for the job. This isn't white-collar computing, it is blue-collar computing and turns the surface area of the company - the workforce of the company - into the front door of the company."

Intermec also used GITEX to preview its CK3 next-generation range. Due for official launch in February 2013, the CK3X is designed for industrial operations, such as warehouse facilities, where the CK3R, to be launched in parallel with its sister model, is geared towards the retail and healthcare sectors.

"Intermec is all about tracking assets all the way from point of production to point of consumption," said Snadden, "for example, from a farm and a field of grain, to the consumer putting a spoonful of cereal in their mouth."

As products and services go through the supply chain, he explains, the barcode and RFID (radio-frequency identification) is ever-present. Data in paper or chip form is an obvious means of process management. Intermec sees the whole process as laden with opportunities for both shipper and carrier.

"It opens up new revenue streams by allowing companies to turn a transaction into a profit opportunity," Snadden pointed out. He gives the example of a parcel recipient who signs on a screen to accept to delivery, which becomes "electronic, real-time, proof of delivery". The interaction serves a multi-facetted confirmation purpose, providing the shipper with validation of order completion, giving the carrier proof of contractual fulfilment and leaving the customer with a bill of receipt."

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