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How DoD Suppliers Can Benefit from RFID Technology

Posted by James Lusk on Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 15:06 PM

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is commonly defined as the use of radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag attached to an object. Suppliers to the Department of Defense (DoD) know that RFID is a transformational technology that enables automated visibility and assessment management. The technology has changed the way we do business forever and has improved and automated supply chains everywhere.

 There are numerous benefits associated with RFID for both the Department of Defense and its suppliers. According to the DoD, “RFID is a means to facilitate accurate, automated data capture in support of business processes in an integrated DoD supply chain enterprise.”

Every day, suppliers come to us for exactly that reason: to complete their DoD commerce needs in a single, automated DoD-approved software platform. By streamlining supply chains and improving business functions, suppliers will see better business results.

Below is an infographic explaining the top 5 benefits of RFID technology for your company and other DoD suppliers.

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Overview:

Efficiency

Due to wireless scanning, RFID tags can provide information much quicker than barcodes or other systems, and multiple tags can be read at once.

Accuracy

The automated technology requires no human intervention. This lessens the risk of human error that typically comes with manual data logging and product replenishment. Our partners have transformed their DoD commerce by streamlining the entire work-flow process into a review environment, rather than using manual data entry.

Real-Time Updates

Gone are the days of receiving numbers that are days or weeks old. RFID technology tracks and provides real-time data about inventory and products. Using Odyssey’s dashboard, your entire team can view real-time updates and communicate within the platform.

Easier Item Location

Less time spent locating inventory means more time focusing on other important tasks, such as production, fulfilling orders and selling to your customers.

Better Decision Making

Utilizing real-time data and insights leads to better decision making, commonly known as data-informed decision-making (DIDM). Business owners and managers can turn the data they acquire into actions that improve their business.

The Odyssey cloud platform is a DoD approved software that provides one integrated location for all DoD commerce tasks, to be handled in-house, using passive RFID technology. You can learn more about our company here. If you’d like to talk about how Odyssey can help streamline your business operations, feel free to contact us

Topics: Passive RFID, RFID, DoD approved software, DoD, automated data entry, supply chain

How Manual Data Entry is Hurting Your Business

Posted by James Lusk on Tue, Jun 20, 2017 @ 10:06 AM

 

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If you sell goods to the Department of Defense, you know that it takes a great deal of time, effort and attention to detail to ensure that your products are compliant with the DoD’s requirements and that you get paid. Many suppliers will turn to free government websites as a temporary solution to complete DoD commerce tasks, but they quickly find that collecting and manually inputting data can be time-consuming, labor intensive and monotonous. Not to mention, it isn’t a long-term solution.

Growing companies typically reach a point when their manual data entry process can’t keep up with their business needs. However, some companies still rely on manual data entry, despite its inherent drawbacks.

Let’s look at some of the top drawbacks of manual data entry.

Inaccuracy

Manual data entry has been proven to produce more errors than automated entry. According to software company Opin, manual data entry has, on average, an accuracy rate of 96 percent, compared to the 99.963 to 99.995 percent accuracy rate of automated data. Odyssey’s software automatically validates each RFID and UID to ensure its DoD compliance and prevent errors.

Slower Turnaround

To put it simply, automated applications are much faster than manual entry. The automatic data is streamlined, freeing up employees and business owners to complete other tasks. This allows companies to produce more and larger projects in less time. Odyssey’s SaaS platform uptime of 99.9% is efficient and reliable, helping your company meet deadlines, but free government websites are often inefficient and can even crash in the middle of your order.

Decreased Productivity

One of the main complaints we hear from business owners who are considering switching to Odyssey is that they want to focus on the work that really matters. Manual data entry often distracts employees from more important tasks, reducing their productivity levels and costing your company money. Automated entry software allows your employees to find higher value tasks to perform.

Overall, manual data entry is a slow process, prone to errors, reliant on employee’s accuracy, and expensive to scale as your business grows. Businesses are constantly looking for ways in which data entry and capture can be automated in a cost-effective manner.

Odyssey’s services take care of all DoD commerce tasks, allowing your goods to get to the DoD and for you to get paid. We designed these services with the DoD supplier in mind, and we want to help you move toward a streamlined process.

Below is a quick overview of some of the benefits of Odyssey and automated data entry.

  • Odyssey provides one integrated location for all DoD commerce tasks.
  • Odyssey manages receipt and insertion of all data, providing ongoing customer support.
  • Odyssey’s software automatically validates each RFID and UID to ensure its compliance and prevent errors.
  • Odyssey’s SaaS platform uptime of 99.9% is efficient and reliable, helping your company meet deadlines.

We help companies streamline their DoD commerce processes every day. Don’t let manual data entry slow you down. Contact us today.

 

Topics: DoD approved software, DoD, dod compliance, manual data entry, automated data entry