Leeway found in Wal-Mart's RFID mandate

Bednarz, Ann
November 2004
Network World;11/29/2004, Vol. 21 Issue 48, p14
Trade Publication
This article focuses on the condition of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s mandate for its suppliers to implement radio frequency identification (RFID) tags by 2005. According to ABI Research, only about 30 percent of the company's top 100 suppliers will have accomplished full-scale RFID implementations by January 2005. The remaining 70 percent have only been testing the effectiveness of the shallow slap-and-ship efforts. Slap-and-ship refers to adding RFID tags at the distribution center, simply to meet retailer requirements as opposed to integrating RFID technology early in the manufacturing processes.


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