Polish Post Completes RFID Testing at Distribution Center

ProxiGroup's UHF RFID system may next be installed across all distribution sites, in order to make parcel shipping more efficient, as well as boost customer satisfaction.
By Claire Swedberg

Polish Post tested the system's effectiveness with a stopwatch, manually timing when each parcel physically entered and left an area, and then matching that measurement with the ProxiTrak system. In some cases, Shull says, the results matched within a millisecond. "It was quite a big surprise for them that it worked so well," says Sękowska, who was personally on hand for the entire pilot.

Eliminating the manual scanning process, Dulniak predicts, will help employees to gain efficiency in sorting and managing parcels, boost their speed and thereby increase service quality and customer satisfaction. "Tests... indicate the possibility of using technology based on RFID-enabled processes related shipments," he says.

ProxiGroup's Aleksandra Sękowska
The next step for the postal company is to install the system at all of its warehouses, and to evaluate how to manage the large amount of data being collected by the RFID reads. "Technology is not enough," Dulniak says. "A significant part of the work should involve the improvement of information systems supporting data acquired from monitoring devices. The next scheduled tests will indicate the directions that should be taken by our organization to maximize the benefits of RFID."

According to Shull, ProxiGroup excels at building a system within a matter of days that can be easily expanded. "You don't need a third-party site survey team," he asserts. Instead, users can simply install a reader, drag an antenna icon to a particular zone in the software, synchronizing the virtual and physical infrastructure, and then let the software configure the read data accordingly. This also makes it easy to deploy a system across multiple geographic sites, Shull adds, and to manage the data from a remote location by simply accessing the cloud-based server.

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