Confident in the technology, the Tesco supermarket chain in the U.K. is diving into RFID without testing the waters. The company revealed this week that it plans to roll out radio frequency identification in all 98 of its Tesco Extra superstores in the U.K. by Christmas without first conducting a pilot project.
Tesco will use OATSystems Foundation Suite to provide the infrastructure. OATSystems European managing director Cyrus Gilbert-Rolf said he believes Tesco is the first customer in Europe to deploy RFID “not as a pilot, but across the enterprise—and it will do so on a single platform.”
The roll-out is part of the companys Secure Supply Chain initiative in which it plans to track shipments of high-value, non-food goods at its national distribution center.