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Van ID system helps Ocado reduce bottlenecks at distribution centre

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Ocado, the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer, has partnered with CoreRFID to deliver a more efficient method for delivery vans to enter its distribution centre.

Ocado Delivery VanOcado wanted to automate the check-in and check-out process. The main problem was that drivers were spending too long waiting to get in, creating bottlenecks. The solution developed by CoreRFID uses RFID labels installed on the vans, supplemented with carefully positioned UHF fixed point readers on the entrance point to the centre.

As the readers automatically recognise each van coming through, there is no longer any need for drivers to stop or to have staff positioned on the gate. This has provided a whole host of benefits for Ocado:

  • Staff can be redeployed into other areas of the business, saving costs.
  • Drivers are no longer delayed entering the gates, improving time efficiency.
  • The system can be easily integrated into Ocado’s existing back-end IT system.
  • It is also scalable and can be extended to any new facilities that want to use it, Ocado would simply need to buy additional readers.


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