YCH enjoys fruits of Oracle-RFID project

The Singapore-based logistics company achieves better inventory visibility of controlled items moving across its supply chain.

SINGAPORE--An investment of S$1.2 million (US$727,000) between partners Y3 Technologies and Oracle have resulted in the successful implementation of radio frequency identification (RFID) in a bonded warehouse environment.

A bonded warehouse is an area approved by customs authorities to store controlled items such as cigarettes or alcohol for re-export or for local consumption.

Using Oracle's 10g infrastructure software, Y3, an affiliate company of logistics solutions service provider YCH Group, was able to improve the visibility of its operations and better monitor the movement of goods within a bonded warehouse.

RFID will help YCH cut down on excess manpower, data errors and redundancy in data entry, and allow better visibility of stocks as they pass through the entire supply chain, according to a media statement jointly released by the YCH and Oracle.

It is also now easier for government officials to conduct spot checks on the bonded warehouse, without having to physically climb onto the crates to do so.

The collaboration has also resulted in several new enhancements to a mobile version of Oracle Edge Server. This software was deployed in the mobile RFID and barcode reader used in this project, and was instrumental in speeding up the project by easing the addition of RFID specific extensions to YCH’s warehouse management solution.