Harness the power of these dynamic tracking tools

At Digipal, we work with a host of tracking technologies and can tailor the right solution for you. Whether you run an open or closed supply chain, we have been developing a roster of IoT-enabled devices for both the UK and international markets to help streamline and manage your logistics.

Below are three tracking methods commonly used throughout the transport and inventory management industries. We break down the pros and cons of each one and where they flourish, giving you the information, you need to empower your supply chain.


Barcode scanning systems have been a staple in supply chain management for decades, with most of the general public aware of them too. The reason for this widespread adoption can be boiled down to its simplicity, accuracy, speed, and above all else, cost-effectiveness.

Suggested use for:

  • Startups
  • SMEs with low demand
  • Businesses where item inspection may be required

This makes it an ideal and efficient solution for start-ups and SMEs alike. However, there are some drawbacks which make this technology less than ideal for larger-scale corporations. For example, with barcode technology, there must be a direct line of sight between the item and the scanner in order to read it. This means that boxes, crates, or goods may need manoeuvring before scanning, leaving quite a high level of manual input and time needed to make this solution work.


RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) tracking allows for an automated, low-manual input process when keeping note of stock levels and transit progress etc. This technology provides far more visibility, allowing users to keep track of the entire supply-chain process. Line-of-sight doesn’t play a factor with RFIDs as they work independently from solutions like barcodes, with long-range wireless tags and readers, making them ideal for large-scale warehouses.

Suggested use for:

  • SMEs with high demand
  • Businesses with a large variety of stock
  • Companies operating internationally

However, with all the streamlined processes and wider insights into your supply chain comes a hefty price tag. With the accuracy RFID offers businesses can expect to pay more for the initial infrastructure costs – although once you’re up and running the maintenance costs are very manageable. This makes RFID ideal for tracking goods on a large-scale, removing the manual processes whilst supplying reliable location data. Although bottlenecks do occur with every item needing to pass through a physical gate to be registered and categorised.


Bluetooth-enabled tracking does offer a similar level of functionality to RFID, just not as comprehensive. For example, you can track goods travelling through your supply chain in real-time much like RFID, however, once items have arrived at your warehouse, you wouldn’t know which gate your stock is being kept at – simply that it’s in the vicinity.

Suggested use for:

  • SMEs looking to introduce some automation into their supply chain
  • Businesses with a large variety of stock
  • Companies operating nationally

Bluetooth operates within a defined radius, making its range far less than RFID, so outdoor spaces won’t play to its strengths. Where Bluetooth tracking really shines is large-scale location tracking. If all you want to know is whether or not your goods are in your warehouse or not – with just a couple of antennas installed, you can do just that. Bluetooth tracking is rather accessible as everyday devices can be used for tracking – including smartphone and tablet devices – making them a valid and cost-effective alternative.

Digipal digital solutions

With the right tracking technology, all of our DPP (Digital Plastic Pallets) can become an IoT-enabled supply chain unit. Whether through Bluetooth or RFID sensors, we equip you with solutions to harness the power of these dynamic tracking tools – even if you’re currently only operating with barcode tracking.

No matter what type of tracking solution you currently use you can take advantage of IoT tracking to uncover and eliminate bottlenecks.

Partnering this with our nestable and trackable plastic pallets provides a comprehensive end-to-end view of each pallet’s history and cycle pathway – never lose goods or pallets again through the online DigiPortal.