Just some information about the Open Forum on “RFID-based Enabling Technology for On-Target Visibility in Garment Supply Chains” that was held at The Chinese University of Hong Kong [go]. The Forum was hosted by the Center of Cyber Logistics, then part of the Li & Fung Institute of SCM & Logistics, CUHK.
I have my very first brush with an executive search firm. Oh, the firm states it is “one of the largest executive search firms in the world.” The interview was for a CEO job for a R&D Center. It seemed that the position was already filled (based on the way they conducted the interview); just an exercise that the Center (government owned) had to go through the protocol before the announcement of the new hire to replace the current CEO who was retiring. The interview was in the ‘Chairman’ office, about 3m x 2m, and I was sitting in a low two-seat sofa looking up at the Chairman, to my left, in a swivel chair and the Associate, to my right, also in a similar chair. I would not be able to have the view of both in my vision, turning left and right, answering questions. It was interesting.
No opening pleasantries. Just, oh, this is a job for da da da. Questions shooting left and right. I am sure they are experienced recruiters, at least the Chairman. But it was far from what I had done when I interviewed new staff. So, either I was too naive or my expectation of a ‘largest firm’ was too high.
Come into knowing about RFID technology was around 2004; Wal-mart and Auto-ID Center appeared in most conversations along with HF and UHF. We explored the applicability of such technology in logistics industry. We did not know how to actually be able to articulate how and why the use of RFID technology could achieve what one wanted to improve in some supply chain and/or logistics business process. Anyhow, we came into learning about SCOR and Privacy & Security (P&S) with respect to RFID technology. My hope is to continue to build up some discussions along the main focus of this blog (oh yes, I will side-track once in a while): RFID adoption in Supply Chains.
A workshop hosted by GS1 HK & GS1 US was conducted last week starting on the 26th July in Hong Kong. Two lingering issues were ‘how and what to tag’ and ‘what and where are the ROIs’. Mostly RFID solutions providers touted their solutions in how to have solutions to tag what you want to tag with accuracy and standard-based codes. Serialization is often mentioned – an inherent characteristics of Internet of Things. I used the term single unique identity (SUI) in discussion of privacy and security in 2005 to highlight the importance of not only the uniqueness dimension of the EPC (Electronic Product Code) must be addressed, but also the singleton nature. Was there a solution to ensure this SUI tagging is guaranteed – not until a global entity can and is allowed/supported to take up this responsibility.
There is a possibility I will be working with a label and accessory company to start the thinking on this, and if possible, working along with GS1 and see if the ezTrack in another form can incorporate such capability by default.
As for the first issue, we believe we have a possible working framework to guide the how and what with methodologies that are grounded in both academic research and practitioners’ visions. For the second issue, I will study more of what the current thinking of those corporations (mainly retailers) who had experienced the RFID adoption in one way or the other. With that, we will enrich our current model of SCOR-based KPI-driven Visibility Platform.