Metro, the world's fifth largest retailer, is to take radio frequency identification technology beyond the pilot stage and has asked around 100 suppliers to affix smart tags to their pallets and transport packages.
From November, the German chain will use RFID across its entire distribution network. Metro said tests of the new tracking and information technology carried out at its Extra Future Store in Rheinberg proved successful.
Several IT companies, including IBM, Intel and SAP, and more than 40 additional consumer goods and technology suppliers are working closely with Metro as part of its Future Store Initiative, which is also examining other new wireless and self-service technologies in the retail sector, in addition to RFID.
Metro owns and operates more than 2,300 wholesale stores, supermarkets, department stores and speciality retailers, such as consumer electronics stores, mainly in Germany and the rest of Europe.
John Blau writes for IDG News Service