AIDC Standards: Who Needs Them?
Understanding standards may be a painful process...but lack of
understanding is worse.
Who needs standards?
Short answer, "You do." Longer answer, "You and your trading
partners need them." Correct answer, "Everyone needs them -- and
everyone should thoroughly understand them in order to comply with them
And if you think it's
a difficult and not-very-rewarding job to learn all the relevant standards, think
of how much more difficult things would be if everyone thought that way. Take
something as simple as connecting to a WiFi hot spot or even screwing in a
light bulb. Without standards compliance, each of these tasks would require a
custom or proprietary solution. That wouldn't be very rewarding, would it?
But once you
understand the need -- what do you do about it? And how do you know which
standard(s) apply to you and your supply chain?
Publication date: September 2011