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…)