This research paper introduces an overview discussion on the principles of Lean Manufacturing and the implementation of Lean principles. As part of this discussion, the author will outline the expected benefits to the business. Once this groundwork has been laid the author will take a hard look at whether or not all the talk about the coming push for RFID is for real. And how ""Lean"" and RFID are connected. This will be a reality discussion pointing out exactly where the technology is currently at and when the business can expect to be impacted.