Wal-Mart Updates Top Suppliers On RFID Project - 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.


Wal-Mart Updates Top Suppliers On RFID Project

The company is seeking input based on where suppliers have distribution centers and manufacturing plants.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s top 100-plus suppliers participating in the radio-frequency identification project gathered in Bentonville, Ark., on Monday to hear an update on the January 2005 implementation, and provide feedback on which of the 120 distribution centers in the United States should make the list next, if the retailer decides to expand the project. The next 200 suppliers convened in Bentonville on Wednesday to hear similar updates.

Wal-Mart executives are seeking input based on where suppliers have distribution centers and manufacturing plants, according to a company spokesman.

The Sanger, Texas, distribution center near Dallas was chosen to start the project because it caters to movement of grocery items and products moving either into Wal-Mart Neighbor Market, Sam's Club, and Wal-Mart Stores. The Dallas area also has an eclectic customer base where Wal-Mart can gain feedback to tagging various products. And last, no other tests were being done at the location.

Suppliers who attended the event gained renewed enthusiasm for the project through speakers and special events geared toward assisting them in implementing projects on time. "This Wal-Mart summit for suppliers is probably the most mature RFID conference I have attended because you can really see the products and projects mature," says Howard Stockdale, CIO at Beaver Street Fisheries.

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
Augmented Analytics Drives Next Wave of AI, Machine Learning, BI
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  3/19/2020
How Startup Innovation Can Help Enterprises Face COVID-19
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  3/24/2020
Enterprise Guide to Robotic Process Automation
Cathleen Gagne, Managing Editor, InformationWeek,  3/23/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
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.
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!
Flash Poll