Target RFID Test to Start in Texas

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Aug 12, 2004
George Anderson

By George Anderson


Target has told suppliers participating in its radio frequency identification technology (RFID) test that it will begin the project at a DC and 10 stores in Texas in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.


The RFID test will begin in the fall and the retailer is looking to expand the program to include 50 stores by June of next year.


According to Information Week, “Requirements identified to date include applying RFID tags to cartons and pallets shipped to regional distribution centers and using 96-bit tags based on EPCglobal standards. An EPCglobal logo is required on cartons and pallets, all current markings and bar codes for pallets and cartons will continue to be applied, and EDI ship notice manifests will still be required.”


Moderator’s Comment: What are your thoughts on how
Target is pursuing its RFID initiative? Do you see any differences between its
approach and that of other retailers such as Wal-Mart?
George Anderson – Moderator

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