A few years ago, radio frequency identification (RFID) was a relatively unknown concept. However, Wal-Mart's June 2003 announcement requiring its top 100 suppliers to put RFID tags on shipping crates and pallets by January 2005 has spawned a tidal wave of information regarding the topic. Large retailers such as Albertsons, Metro, Target, and Tesco, along with the U.S. Department of Defense, have all stated their intention to use RFID technology to track goods throughout the supply chain. The ...

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