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7 years after Wal-Mart RFID mandate, RFID is alive and growing in the supply chain

from Modern Materials Handling

"Wal-Mart radio tags to track clothing." That was the headline of a July story in The Wall Street Journal. For many in the materials handling business, it was a déjà vu moment. After all, seven years earlier Wal-Mart announced what came to be known as "the mandate," the goal to have all suppliers tagging cases and pallets with RFID smart tags by the end of 2006. Anyone who ships to Wal-Mart knows how that worked out. But let's give the retailer credit where credit is due: Without that mandate, we might not be talking about RFID today. And make no mistake about it, when it comes to tackling problems in the supply chain, leading companies of all sizes are talking about RFID. more


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