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RFID expert joins Sunshine Technologies

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LEADING RFID expert Gerry Wind has joined the team at Sunshine Technologies to head their RFID in logistics and supply chain solutions. As the man responsible for one of the largest RFID implementations in a warehousing environment in Australia, it is fitting that he has partnered with the ever-growing Sunshine Technologies group.

Gerry Wind was previously at Amcor Fibre Packaging, as Manager for Supply Chain Development and was responsible for the implementation of Amcor's RFID projects. At Amcor he implemented a ‘world first’ RFID enabled warehouse. This included location determination by RFID tags in the floor, read by the reader under forklifts. Paper reels were tracked by placing a passive RFID tag in the core of the paper reel, which ensured automated reconciliation upon receipt, storage and retrieval, for accurate product retrieval and consumption. This was interfaced with the warehouse management and production scheduling systems for Amcor.

Mr Wind implemented Amcor's B2B eCommerce pilot solution called ‘Integrated Replenishment’. This solution achieved 40% order placement through the new system within one year of implementation. While at Amcor he also carried out four years of comprehensive research into RFID where he gained a very detailed knowledge of RFID and associated technologies and developed close relationships with leading experts at a global level. This led Mr Wind to become a leading RFID guest speaker at a number of major events and in 2005 he will be a keynote speaker at EAN Impetus, Smart 2005 and RFID World Austalasia.

According to the Managing Director of Sunshine Technologies, Scott Austin, Mr Wind’s long-standing and extensive expertise with RFID implementations will be a tremendous benefit for their customers.

"The unique difference that the Sunshine team offers is that all of the staff fully understand the technological and the business side of RFID as well as having personal experience implementing real-time RFID solutions in this country," said Mr Austin. "By bringing Mr Wind on board we are adding distribution, warehousing and logistics expertise and industry-knowledge to the Sunshine group.

“His role will be as consultant to industry and will guide companies through initial enquiries, proof of concept, deployment and measurement analysis for RFID solutions," he said. "Mr Wind can provide assistance and consultation to any company interested in assessing the benefits of implementing an RFID solution into their supply chain environment.”

Gerry Wind is a member of the Efficient Consumer Response Project (ECR), ‘From Barcode to Electronic Code’ together with Accenture, AFGC, Gillette, Coles Myer, Woolworths and Metcash. He is also a part of the Victorian RFID Cluster Group, sponsored by the Victorian Government and EAN and the industry representation group to the Australian Government Communications Authority, to raise RFID power levels from 1W to 4 W.

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