TNT Express deploys AeroScout’s logistics visibility solution to improve operations across 200 depots in 29 countries

Date: Wed, 02/03/2010 - 19:22

Express delivery leader uses AeroScout Wi-Fi RFID solution to automate inventory management across Europe
TNT Express deploys AeroScout’s logistics visibility solution to improve operations across 200 depots in 29 countries AeroScout at Networkers at Cisco Live! 2010, Barcelona

AeroScout, the leading provider of Unified Asset Visibility for improving operational efficiency, today announced the deployment of its Logistics Visibility solution at TNT Express, the European market leader in express delivery. TNT Express leveraged its existing wireless network to implement AeroScout’s Wi-Fi RFID (radio-frequency identification) solution for automating inventory management, without needing to add a proprietary RFID network. The solution improves operations and prevents delivery delays by optimizing the inventory management of 16,000 assets across 200 depots in 29 European countries.
TNT Express, a division of TNT N.V., is among the four largest express integrators in the world, providing businesses and consumers with an extensive range of express delivery services. Based in the Netherlands, TNT N.V. employs more than 150,000 people and operates over 40 aircraft and 30,000 vehicles. The company delivers value to its clients by providing the most reliable and efficient solutions through delivery networks, and it continually works to optimize its network performance.
TNT Express deployed AeroScout’s Logistics RTLS (real-time location system) to automate the inventory management of its roll cages, which are metal carriers used to transport parcels between depots across the company’s extensive European road network. AeroScout’s Wi-Fi Tags are attached to each roll cage, and AeroScout’s MobileView software enables the tracking and management of the carriers and parcels. The solution eliminates the need to manually track and scan each roll cage to determine the inventory of cages at each depot. This drives improved asset utilization, decreases cage replacement costs and reduces delivery delays.
“With real-time visibility of our assets we’re able to maximize efficiencies across the board,” said Ben Klaassen, Managing Director at TNT Express Worldwide Networks. “The AeroScout solution eliminates almost completely the manual inventory scanning of roll cages and empowers us to make quicker and better decisions.”
TNT Express uses AeroScout’s MobileView software to centrally manage 16,000 roll cages across the continent. Using the sophisticated searching, alerting and reporting capabilities of MobileView, users are able to determine the real-time location of assets and optimize their use. MobileView also generates alerts for surpluses and shortages of cages at depots. With the AeroScout solution, TNT Express has complete control of its roll cage inventory and a full audit trail of activity.
The solution includes AeroScout’s T2-EB Industrial Tags, which are designed specifically for use in harsh, high-vibration environments. In addition, since AeroScout’s solution leverages the customer’s existing Cisco Unified Wireless Network, TNT Express eliminated the need to deploy and maintain additional wireless networks at its offices and depots.
“The AeroScout implementation fits in well with our overall RFID strategy and our desire to maximize existing technology investments where possible,” said Dennis Beard, Chief Technology Officer at TNT Express ICS. “With no additional reader or network infrastructure required, we were able to minimize the time to market.”
“TNT Express was able to leverage its existing, standard Wi-Fi network to reduce operational costs, increase productivity and prevent delivery delays,” said Gabi Daniely, Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at AeroScout. “The deployment is also a perfect example of the scalability of our solutions for our logistics customers that manage a large amount of assets and inventory across numerous distributed locations.”

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