Thursday, April 20, 2006

Wal-Mart and RFID - Beyond Dillman

The proliferation of RFID continues beyond the scope of Wal-Mart visionary and former CIO Linda Dillman. This is good, since many throughout the industry wondered about the company's true strategy for and commitment to RFID.

As a pioneer in applying this technology to the retail world, Wal-Mart mandated that 100 suppliers tag their products starting in 2005 under Linda Dillman's role as CIO ... resulting in an extraordinary 16% reduction in out-of-stock items.

Today, Wal-Mart Stores' new chief information officer -- Rollin Ford -- continues to expand on technology enhancements like RFID. "There will be no slowing down. RFID will transform the way we do business."

Ford did get one thing wrong - RFID will actually transform the way EVERYONE does business.


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