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Students Are Getting Schooled On RFID

In addition to a skilled worker shortage in manufacturing, workers with specific knowledge of RFID technology are hard to find as well.

To address that gap in knowledge, the Kelly School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington with the help of Atlanta-based supply chain solutions provider Manhattan Associates, built a working model of an RFID environment.

"By using actual RFID equipment in the classroom, students can understand the technology's role in helping companies track goods through the supply chain, see into inventory and eliminate out-of-stocks -- ultimately increasing revenue. It's something quite different from just seeing it animated on a computer screen or reading about it in a textbook," said M.A. Venkatarmanan, chairperson of the Kelley undergraduate program and a professor in the Operations and Decisions Technologies Department.

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