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Fosen Transport relies on integrated RFID solution for transport logistics

Use Cases | By PR RFID im Blick | 24 March 2017
More active control of logistics thanks to RFID. More active control of logistics thanks to RFID. Photo: Fosen Transport

The Norwegian logistics company supplies 190 stores of the full-service retailer Coop Norge and enhances efficiency through RFID

Norway has a road network of around 93,000 kilometers. By comparison, the German road network spans nearly 645,000 kilometers. However, the underdeveloped infrastructure causes specific planning necessities in transportation, especially but not exclusively in the north of Norway. From December to March the Saltfjell plateau is barely accessible due to strong snowfall. Fosen Transport has rolled out an RFID solution for the company‘s approximately 100 trucks, including pallet management in order to improve transport logistics. „RFID & Wireless IoT Global“ has spoken with Kathrin Fründt from Fosen about the solution and the resulting benefits.

Kathrin Fründt, Controlling and Project Management, Fosen Transport, in an interview with “RFID & Wireless IoT Global”

Pilot project started in 2010

The pilot project started in 2010 under the patronage of a consortium of food producers, food distributors, technology companies, and logistics companies. The project was supported by the Regional Forskningsfond Midt Norge. Together, the consortium looked for a solution to optimise processes in the value chain as well as manual loading processes in transport logistics. Fosen is involved as a logistics company, Coop Norge Retail as a full-range retailer, NLP as a pallets distributor, and Hrafn as a technology provider. Several food producers support the project as well.

Kathrin FründtKathrin Fründt “Fosen Transport supplies a total of 190 Coop supermarkets between Alvdal and Ulsvåg. Thanks to RFID, the entire logistics chain becomes more transparent, faster, more cost-effective, and safer. Unnecessary food destruction is reduced. The driver is relieved by the automation and can concentrate completely on the loading processes. Costs are saved.”

More active control of logistics thanks to RFID

In order to offer the best service possible, it is essential for Fosen to have 100 percent transparency and control over where the goods are at any given time. If an incorrect cargo is not detected before arrival at the destination, this means hundreds or thousands kilometres of unplanned driving to exchange the wrong cargo for the right one in an extreme case. The longest route from the south to the north to Ulsvåg covers a total of 900 kilometers, for example. The journey takes about 15 hours.

“Through the integration of RFID, logistics can be controlled more actively and can be documented more efficiently. The administration has access to the status of the goods via a portal at any time, thanks to real-time evaluation. In the event of an incorrect loading the company can notify the driver via text message in a timely manner. The collected data can improve other processes. The RFID solution improves and increases food safety and quality. Companies and customers save money on transport costs and on expenditures for fuel, and exhaust fumes can be reduced. The driver is relieved by the automation and can concentrate completely on the loading processes,” says Kathrin Fründt.

40.000 Kilometer pro Tag

The transport company, located in Brekstad, owns 100 semitrailers and employs 150 truck drivers who together drive an average of 40,000 kilometers per day for customers like Coop or TINE in Norway. ...

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