vnunet: Shops reveal plans to replace barcodes

Steve Ranger reports from the UK on the trials of RFID tags and the eventual replacement of bar codes.

This month, Woolworths starts a six-month trial of a large-scale application of RFID to track items between the point of pick-up and delivery to some stores, giving a complete audit trail. The retailer says the tags will cut product loss within the supply chain, and improve product availability with lower inventory levels.

Woolworths says that tagging individual products in shops is not far away: ‘It is a real possibility within five to ten years and eventually will become as accepted as the barcode,’ said Geoff O’Neill, Woolworths head of new sales channels.

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