Will WalMart get RFID Right this Time?


Lessons Learned from Earlier Failed Efforts


In a move that many in the RFID community knew WalMart has been planning for months, news came late last week that the retail giant was planning an ambitious program to RFID tag all the apparel goods it sells at the item level. WalMart likely learned some lessons from its previous RFID efforts, and there are three primary differences for this initiative versus its previous efforts. First, the value proposition and ROI for item-level tagging in apparel is becoming increasingly clear. Second, though not completely clear, it appears WalMart – for now at least – will be picking up part of the costs that suppliers will bear for the RFID tag “inlays” that are embedded in a label or the packaging material of the item.

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