Some facilities are already seeing reduced misload rates beyond what Newman outlined.The failed upload is now one in 1,000 across the 50 buildings where the initiative is active, Tomé said, adding that these results represent “Six Sigma excellence.”
Tomé previously said the use of RFID tags and wearables would save 20 million manual scans per day by workers loading packages onto UPS trucks. The carrier is one of many companies using RFID tags in warehouse operations as technology improves and becomes cheaper.
Finally, UPS plans to move away from handheld devices and allow delivery trucks to interact with RFID tags. In a phone call last week, Tomé said he saw these possibilities in a lab in January.
“I was able to load a package into the Smart and see the car checking the package,” said Tomé. “No one did that.”