Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

Microchipping Opens Doors for Employees

September 23, 2018

Three Square Market, which implanted 100 employees with microchips last year to open doors, log into computers, or buy snacks from vending machines, is working on a new microchip with GPS tracking capability and voice activation. This chip can also monitor vital signs and in the future, applications could involve storing medical records for use in emergency situations.

The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and is implanted in the hand between the thumb and forefinger.  Some are concerned with privacy issues, but some are embracing the technology, including about 4,000 users in Sweden who can ride trains without tickets or turn on lights in their apartments.

How far this will go is yet to be seen, but many believe the technology will become widespread.


Video Spotlights: Wisconsin business chips employees and This is what it feels like to get microchipped


This post is based on the Washington Post article, This firm already microchips employees. Could your ailing relative be next?, by Peter Holley, August 23, 2018; and the videos, Wisconsin company implanting chips in employees, by CNBC, July 27, 2017, and This is what it feels like to get microchipped, by Continue reading

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Drones in the Warehouse

Drones in the Warehouse

September 7, 2018

Digital inventory management in warehouses is made possible by “plug-and-play aerial robots”.  Warehouse drones can be trained to scan and track inventory much faster than humans.

The resulting inventory information is uploaded to the cloud for warehouse/inventory management synchronization.  With better inventory tracking at warehouses, inventory moves faster throughout the supply chain, adding values to companies that invest in digital inventory management technology.


Video Spotlight: Digital Inventory – PINC


Businesses are exploring drone use throughout the supply chain. Check out previous OM in the News posts about last-mile delivery and medical deliveries to geographically isolated regions.

This post is based on the Supply Chain 24/7 article, Can Warehouse Robots Help You Manage Inventory Better?, by Matt Yearling, July 14, 2018; and the YouTube video, Digital Inventory – PINC, by PINC, May 16, 2018. Image sources: Getty Images/iStockphoto, ©DreamPictures/Blend Images.

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1. What are the operational benefits of digital inventory management?

Guidance: A list of benefits are included in the article, including 24/7 operation, faster scanning, higher accuracy, reduction of operational expenses, improvement on employee safety, better understanding of inventory levels, and faster inventory movement throughout the supply chain. Students may identify other Continue reading

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Zippin Along With Checkout-Free Retail

Zippin Along With Checkout-Free Retail

September 7, 2018

No more waiting in retail checkout lines or self-scanning. That’s the selling point of Zippin’s next-generation checkout-free software platform.

Retailers can deploy the Zippin platform and offer “frictionless shopping” for customers, according to the company.  After downloading the Zippin app and choosing their preferred payment method, customers can “zip in and out” with their purchases, and there’s no need to spend time in a checkout line.


Video Spotlight: Introducing Zippin – Checkout-Free Shopping


The wave of options for checkout-free shopping is growing. Check out previous OM in the News posts about Amazon Go and Walmart.

This post is based on the PR Newswire article, Zippin Launches Next Generation Checkout-Free Technology Enabling Retailers to Quickly Deploy Frictionless Shopping, by Aimee Groves, August 20, 2018; and the YouTube video, Introducing Zippin – Checkout-Free Shopping, by Zippin, August 19, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / LADO.

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1. How does Zippin’s checkout-free technology work?

Guidance: Zippin uses overhead cameras and smart shelf sensors to track when and which products are picked up and put back and placed in the shoppers’ virtual chart.  A Zippin app contains the store QR code which identifies customers entering the store. Continue reading

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