Wal-Mart to Add RFID to 400 More Stores
The retailer reaffirms its support for RFID, citing fewer out-of-stock items and a reduction in excess inventory in the supply chain.The worlds largest retailer on May 1 reaffirmed its support for RFID, citing one-third fewer out-of-stock items, a reduction in excess supply chain inventory and shorter customer waits. At the RFID Journal Live conference in Orlando, Fla, Wal-Mart CIO Rollin Ford said that the retailer will add radio-frequency identification capability to 400 additional stores by the end of this fiscal year. Ford also said that RFID-supported pallet locators are now being used at Wal-Mart subsidiary Sams Club stores and are increasing inventory accuracy and reducing member waiting time. He also outlined future benefits in pharmacy accuracy; grocery freshness; software, CD and DVD authentication; and 30-second store checkouts.
"In the near future, customers may be able to enjoy advantages such as automatic warranty activation on electronics, freshness assurance on foods thanks to cold chain monitoring and enhanced product safety as a result of faster, more accurate recalls and better freshness monitoring," Ford said.