New G1 Unmanned Store Features
Catch up with the latest enhancements to Codegate's RFID based walk-in G1 Unmanned Store system
G1 Unmanned Store shows carbon and commercial savings over contract life
You can now set up Carbon and Commercial Savings monitors on individual G1 Unmanned Stores. We send you a questionnaire asking you to detail the contract life for the store, proximity to the supply depot, the distance users would have to travel if there was no store, the transport used and other key factors. The G1 Unmanned Store web portal will then display the predicted carbon and commercial savings, similar to the examples shown below, taken from a live store. The information updates weekly based upon the number of visits and replenishment deliveries to the store, so the projected savings figures get more accurate as time goes on. This example illustrates a 5 year contract where the supply depot is 30 minutes away, also the alternative go-to point for users if the store wasn't there.
The £418,633 savings for the end user compares with a total operating cost for the store of less than £50,000, including RFID tags and full maintenance over the contract life. The carbon savings algorithms were developed in collaboration with an independent specialist and use multiple data sources including UK government advisory vehicle figures.
Dynamic Job Number Validation
The G1 Unmanned Store provides an access control option preventing user access unless a valid job number is entered using the touch screen on the panel. The job number can be set to any specific alphanumeric-format to allow reports of items taken out to be allocated to specific jobs or contracts.
Codegate has introduced an enhanced Dynamic Job Validation option whereby store owners can automatically send a list of valid job numbers to the store every few minutes. This allows job numbers already used to be expired, preventing further transactions being allocated to them, improving the accuracy of transactional data fed back to a host system.
New Item Misreads report
As the number of items in the store gets bigger, it becomes easier for goods to be 'missed' by the RFID reading system. There are several common reasons for this, for example an 'off metal' tag is fixed too close to a metal component, goods are stored with the tag pushed against the metal walls of the container, or the tags on adjacent items overlap and are pressed against each other. The newly introduced Item Misreads report makes it much easier to identify goods that have a weak RFID signal and are only being picked up intermittently.
In this example, any item with a misreads number higher than 2 could cause a transaction error by falsely reporting it has either left or been added to a store. Used in conjunction with the G1 Unmanned Store Companion mobile software, items which are not reading well can now be easily re-tagged or re-positioned at the time they are delivered to the store.