Wal-Mart to Use RFID Tags to Control Inventory
July 23, 2010
Wal-Mart Stores Inc plans to roll out electronic tags to keep track of individual garments like jeans and help the retail giant control its inventories better, the Wall Street Journal said.
Beginning in August, Wal-Mart will place removable radio-frequency ID tags on individual garments that can be read by a handheld scanner, the Journal said. The tags will help Wal-Mart workers to quickly learn which garments are missing from the shelves, the paper said.
The aim of rolling out the electronic tags is to ensure shelves are optimally stocked and inventory tightly watched, according to the Journal. If successful, the electronic tags will be used for other products at Wal-Mart's approximately 3,750 U.S. stores.