Murata ID Solutions, a subsidiary of Murata Manufacturing, has won an award under the category of “Logistics of the year 2020”, together with Bayer for the “RFID and Blockchain project”.
The award for the innovative approach to Technology and Logistics 4.0 was given by the Italian logistics Association “Assologistica”.
Michele Palumbo Head of Supply Chain Management at Bayer S.p.A. comments: “When Murata suggested a solution based on RFID technology, we immediately considered it as a natural expansion of our ongoing digital initiatives. For several years, Bayer has been working hard to realize a digitalized, interconnected supply chain based on a collaborative digital ecosystem. We are proud and grateful to receive this recognition together with Murata ID Solutions confirming the quality and importance of the project as well as our innovative approach to the future supply chain of the pharmaceutical sector. The award is the result of an important collaboration between all the partners involved”.
The Pioneering RFID project has enabled Bayer to gain full and real-time visibility over its distribution processes, improving security, transparency, traceability and efficiency.
The RFID-based project is the first large-scale application of this technology in the pharmaceutical supply chain.
Before implementing RFID, Bayer could not track deliveries in real-time nor did they have visibility of the shipments’ transit in all transportation hubs and subsidiaries.
Any problems, such as missing goods, were only discovered when the customers received their deliveries.
Today each box of products and every GreenPallet are provided with an RFID tag and scanned at every single stage of the supply chain providing real-time visibility of the entire distribution process.
This data-driven approach works by Murata’s id-Bridge Middleware processing and interpreting the information transmitted from the tagged products, and the id-Bridge dashboard, which turns this data into actionable insights.
Moreover, to enable an even stronger and more faithful collaboration between Bayer and its partners, the RFID system now integrates with Blockchain. This open system based on shared information thanks to Blockchain notarization increases the confidence and reliability between all the logistic partners.