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Walmart Working With Suppliers to Use RFID Tags on Men’s Jeans, Basics

July 29, 2010 | No Comments →

In an effort to improve inventory accuracy and on-shelf availability, Walmart has reinvigorated its EPC radio frequency identification (RFID) program, this time focusing on specific men’s apparel (jeans, socks, undershirts and underwear).

Walmart has been working with suppliers of denim products and men’s basics for the past eight months to develop a process that enables suppliers to tag goods at the point of manufacture. That way, the suppliers can benefit from the program, as well, according to RFID Journal.

Once the apparel items are tagged, Walmart can use the RFID technology to get information at any one of a number of different destinations: at the loading dock, in the stock room, and on the sales floor, e.g. Pilots with this system show it improves inventory accuracy and on-shelf availability,  Myron Burke, Walmart’s director of store innovation and the person leading the retailer’s EPC program in the United States, said in the article. (more…)

Study Finds That RFID Tags Can Be Reliably Reused

July 07, 2009 | No Comments →

RFID tag

RFID tag

The Reusable Packaging Association (RPA) recently completed the largest and most widely-supported industry field test of RFID technology on reusable containers. After more than 160 hours of testing and more that 14,000 tests, RPA concluded that RFID tags designed for single use can be used for multiple trips without any deterioration in performance, provided the tags are positioned correctly on reusable containers.


Waiting For the RFID Revolution

May 28, 2009 | No Comments →

A few years ago, analysts were predicting that RFID technology would revolutionize supply chain dynamics. Yet, for a variety of reasons, that transformation has still not materialized. Are technology glitches and privacy concerns to blame? Or, is RFID simply too costly? What about the problems RFID tags pose for recycling/reusing efforts? What will it take to resolve those issues?
Earlier this week, an article at TechNewsWorld took a look at questions like these.  In “RFID: A Revolution in a Holding Pattern,” author Denise Deveau outlines the major hurdles that have blocked widespread adoption of RFID technology.


Is RFID Technology Part of Your Green Supply Chain?

May 01, 2009 | Comment (1)

For years now, RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) has been used to track everything from livestock to library books. It’s technology that has enhanced security in retail stores and automated toll-talking on the highway. There’s no doubt about it: RFID has become a part of our everyday lives. But, have you ever stopped to think how RFID technology could support your green supply chain initiatives? Could RFID help you increase efficiencies, limit waste, and reduce your carbon footprint?