Wal-Mart bullish on EPCs
May 19, 2004,
BENTONVILLE, Ark. — After 18 days, Wal-Mart is claiming success in its initial rollout of electronic product codes (EPCs).
"To date, no glitches — only positive glimpses of what's to come," said Linda Dillman, executive vice president and chief information officer for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. "During this test phase, we're experimenting with various tag types and tag placements to see how they impact readability on various products in a non- laboratory environment.
Wal-Mart launched its initial implementation on April 30 in the North Texas area. Cases and pallets of 21 products from eight suppliers are being shipped to Wal-Mart's Sanger, Texas, distribution center and then to seven local supercenters with radio-frequency identification, or RFID, tags attached. This technology allows retailers greater visibility in monitoring product inventory from supplier to distribution center.
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