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News broke recently that Walmart officially submitted patents concerning drone deliverybut automation is hardly new for the retail giant. Inthe general public had little to no knowledge of RFID technology.
Chicago— Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Wal-Mart's move is expected to result in the deployment of nearly 1 billion RFID tags with embedded electronic product codes EPC for tracking and identifying items at the individual crate and pallet level, said Pam Kohn, vice president of the Bentonville, Ark. Although RFID tags can gather and track a variety of data related to products, materials and more, Kohn said Wal-Mart will concentrate at first on using the technology to improve inventory management in its supply chain.
How walmart put rfid on the map
RFID uses low-powered radio transmitters to read data stored in tags that are embedded with tiny chips and antennas. Proponents of the technology say such "smart" tags can store more detailed information than conventional bar codes, enabling retailers and manufacturers to track items at the unit level. RFID tags have been available for several years, but adoption has been slow because the tags are more expensive than bar coding and because standards are lacking to ensure interoperability between tags and data readers.
Gary Robertson, executive director of global infrastructure at Delphi Corp. UCC in Lawrenceville, N. That effort got another boost last week when Microsoft Corp. Wal-Mart didn't say how much the effort would cost it or its suppliers or whether new systems will be needed to support the technology.
Big companies could require thousands of readers for all their factories, warehouses and stores, the site says. The project involves putting Although the lack of common RFID protocols and standards remains an issue, "we could not allow the lack of them to hang up the project," he added.
However, Kraft is still evaluating the technology's potential value in its own supply chain. But IBM claims that the rate of the decline in Informix revenue has slowed since it bought the databases.
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