Wal-Mart mandate fuels interest in EPC Symposium


Wal-Mart mandate fuels interest in EPC Symposium

Matt Bilodeau, John Fontanella, Kara Romanow
Companies seem to be overcoming their scepticism and are now trying to figure out what it will take to make Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology work within their operations, based on attendee interest at last month’s Auto- ID Center’s Electronic Product Code (EPC) Symposium.


The presence of high-level executives from consumer goods companies shows that the move from research to reality is beginning. Interest was sparked not as a natural byproduct of the maturing of this technology, but more because of Wal-Mart’s mandate that its top 100 suppliers be using RFID within the next 16 months, with plans to eventually put the tags that emit radio signals about every detail of a product on nearly every item manufactured.

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This was first published in October 2003


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