Tesco has signalled its intent to roll out RFID technology across its store network in the world’s largest single order for Electronic Product Code (EPC) RFID readers.
Electronic security product supplier ADT will provide more than 4,000 readers and 16,000 antennae by autumn 2005, in the first phase of the contract. These will cover the dock doors and merchandise receipt points at approximately 1,300 Tesco stores and 35 distribution centres across the UK.
This solution will be a key part of Tesco's Radio Barcode and Secure Supply Chain programmes, which aim to increase product availability, reduce prices and improve customer service.
Colin Cobain, IT director at Tesco, said, "ADT successfully came up with the solution that meets the specific requirements of our supply chain and we have been extremely impressed with the trials run to date. Their pan-European capabilities are key to meeting our ambitious roll-out plans."