Launch of a new solution of reusable transport items, in collaboration with the Israeli retailer Shufersal
Wiliot, whose Internet of Thing platform enables billions of everyday “things” to gain intelligence and harness the power of the cloud, announced the Wiliot Reusable Transport Item (RTI) solution, based on the company’s revolutionary Wiliot IoT platform.
With Wiliot’s new Reusable Carrying Items (RTI) solution, Israeli retailer Shufersal becomes the first in the world to create an intelligent supply chain from farm to store, continuously monitoring the location and temperature of products to guarantee the freshness of its customers.
The new Wiliot RTI solution includes the company’s IoT pixels that can permanently attach to ordinary plastic boxes and make them smart using Wiliot Cloud services. This allows companies to continuously track not only their reusable shipping assets, but also the content they contain. The IoT pixels embedded in the plastic case of the RTI solution are postage stamp-sized self-powered computers that communicate wirelessly with the Wiliot Cloud and can sense a range of physical and environmental conditions, such as temperature, location changes, as well as whether the crate is full or empty.
When billions of everyday objects connect to the IoT (products, materials, shipping containers, etc.), they transform the way goods are made, distributed, sold, consumed, reused and recycled. In the process, an Internet of Trillions (IoT2) is enabling businesses to reinvent their supply chains to be more sustainable and create a true circular economy that maximizes profits while protecting the planet.
“We are delighted to work with Shufersal, who have led the way in shining a light on the supply chain from farm to store and beyond,” said Ohad Perry, director of supply chain solutions at Wiliot. supply. “The Wiliot RTI solution puts the power of the Internet of the trillions into many other hands. By providing intelligence in a turnkey solution, we help many different businesses, from grocery stores to pharmaceutical companies, reduce the size of their pallet pools while avoiding shortages and at the same time optimizing shelf life and traceability of box contents. . In a world where supply chains are under enormous strain, cloud intelligence brings visibility into checkouts and their contents to help mitigate many issues that affect the success of operations.
With the Wiliot RTI solution, companies can monitor their containers – and the food, medicine or other perishables inside – through proactive temperature threshold alerts. This information helps companies maintain regulatory compliance as it takes food and pharmaceutical safety to a level of accountability that was not possible before. Until now, temperature monitoring has been limited to a subset of products in the supply chain, leaving gaps where quality issues can arise and product integrity can be compromised.
The ability to track shipping assets has an equally profound effect on operations. By gaining cost-effective visibility into every asset at every stage of the supply chain, companies gain insights that can have a significant and measurable impact on capital savings. With the Wiliot RTI solution, they can know what percentage of smart containers are stored and used; exactly how and where they are used; and, equally important, if they are not used at all.
“The Wiliot RTI solution enables a true circular economy because now all reusable transport items can continuously communicate their status,” Perry continued. “Businesses can accurately track inventory, monitor shipments and deliveries, preserve freshness, extend shelf life, and significantly reduce waste.”
First Smart Farm-to-Store Supply Chain
Shufersal is already embracing real-time visibility through the adoption of Wiliot’s RTI solution, creating a fully transparent supply chain from farm to store and ensuring timely delivery of high-quality products, extending the life of preservation and minimizing food waste. In the summer of 2021, Wiliot and Shufersal successfully completed a pilot of Wiliot’s RTI solution and its ability to track the movement and condition of products from the time they are picked to their placement in stores. Shufersal in Israel.
“Being able to see in real time that product shipments were kept at the correct temperature and knowing exactly how many days passed from when they were picked to when they arrived in stores was eye-opening,” said Zvika Fishheimer. , executive vice president of Shufersal. . “Shufersal is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality and our ability to trace products through our supply chain means that we and our farmers can take whatever steps are necessary to provide the freshest food on the market. .
Based on the success of the pilot, Shufersal is currently rolling out the Wiliot RTI solution nationwide, deploying over one million RTIs and installing wireless communication infrastructure to support approximately 250 farmers and distributors and 300 Shufersal stores. The solution will even include wireless readers and mobile network gateways on farmers’ tractors to provide supply chain visibility at the edge.
“Wiliot works with global retailers and their partners to build smart, sustainable supply chains and Shufersal is leading the way,” Perry said. “Working with Shufersal, we are able to shine a light on their supply chain where no one could before, all the way to the tractor carrying produce from a field. Extending shelf life and end-to-end quality tracking are just two of the incredible capabilities that can transform how companies can more efficiently move products from producer to consumer.
To encourage wide adoption, Wiliot makes its technology available in its Starter Kit and Partner Kit. The Wiliot Partner Kit includes IoT pixels that users can attach to boxes and pallets; bridges through which IoT pixels communicate data wirelessly to the Wiliot Cloud; and Wiliot Cloud Services, which allow companies to collect and analyze data from their IoT pixels.
Wiliot works with many of the world’s largest and most innovative apparel retail brands; food and drink; and health care. The launch of the Wiliot RTI solution follows a $200 million venture capital round led by Softbank Vision Fund 2.
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