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Thursday, March 17, 2005
Wal-Mart mandated that by January 2005 its top 100 suppliers must apply passive RFID tags based on EPC-global standards to cases and pallets headed toward three specific Distribution Centers (DCs) in Texas. Virtually all manufacturers of consumer goods will eventually be impacted by this because Wal-Mart’s moves in RFID are being copied by other retailers. ARC Research’s Steve Banker reports based on discussions with companies that were actively investing in EPC (Electronic Product Code) RFID that public reporting on the status of Wal-Mart’s RFID efforts has been highly misleading. The impression that all Wal-Mart SKUs bound for three of the retailer’s Texas Distribution Centers from the top 100 suppliers will be RFID tagged starting January 1st is incorrect There had been negotiations between Wal-Mart’s top 100 suppliers and the retail behemoth and WalMart has shown more flexibility than many anticipated.
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