Sam's Club In Line For RFID-Tagged Products - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Business & Finance

Sam's Club In Line For RFID-Tagged Products

Wal-Mart extends use of the technology to its warehouse store chain

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. plans to start shipping radio-frequency identification-tagged cases and pallets to a Sam's Club store in Plano, Texas, this fall. Like other club outlet chains, Sam's Club sells much of its goods in bulk so customers can take advantage of volume discounts. That means there's a good chance customers who shop at the Sam's Club store at Highway 121 and Ohio Drive will bring home RFID tags along with their purchases.

Wal-Mart will alert customers of cases that contain RFID tags via signs and literature that explains RFID, and they can remove the tags after purchase, a spokesman says.

Sam's Club customers are likely to get RFID tags on cases of products. -- Photo by Milbert Brown/Chicago Tribune

Sam's Club customers are likely to get RFID tags on cases of products.
Photo by Milbert Brown/Chicago Tribune
By June, Wal-Mart has said it will have RFID live in up to six distribution centers and as many as 250 Wal-Mart and Sam's Club locations. Until now the company has focused on Wal-Mart stores. By January, it will expand RFID deployments from one to three Texas distribution centers and increase the number of participating stores from seven to more than 130. Most will be in northern Texas, with the remainder in south-central Oklahoma.

Though the official January RFID project launch is still two months out, several apparel, toy, bicycle, and dairy-product manufacturers have started shipping or will ship within the next two weeks cases and pallets with RFID tags to Wal-Mart's Sanger, Texas distribution center. Beaver Street Fisheries, a supplier of meats and fish, will begin shipping tagged cases and pallets this week.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Commentary
What Becomes of CFOs During Digital Transformation?
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  2/4/2020
News
Fighting the Coronavirus with Analytics and GIS
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/3/2020
Slideshows
IT Careers: 10 Job Skills in High Demand This Year
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  2/3/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT Careers: Tech Drives Constant Change
Advances in information technology and management concepts mean that IT professionals must update their skill sets, even their career goals on an almost yearly basis. In this IT Trend Report, experts share advice on how IT pros can keep up with this every-changing job market. Read it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll