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Moving Into Next Phase of Its RFID Initiative, Wal-Mart Looks to Track Men's Jeans, Socks and Underwear

Wal-Mart Stores is working with suppliers of men's jeans and basics (socks, undershirts and underwear) to be able to track these items using radio frequency identification tags based on EPCglobal's second-generation UHF RFID standard and carrying Electronic Product Codes. The effort is part of the next stage of Walmart's EPC program, which will concentrate on the types of products that have multiple stockkeeping units and are therefore a challenge to manage from an inventory perspective, according to Myron Burke, Walmart's director of store innovation and the person leading the retailer's EPC program in the United States.

"We are addressing the opportunity to improve inventory accuracy and inventory availability," Burke told RFID Journal. "We have been working collaboratively with suppliers on a strategic basis to make this part of our systems."

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Wal-Mart Stores is working with suppliers of men's jeans and basics (socks, undershirts and underwear) to be able to track these items using radio frequency identification tags based on EPCglobal's second-generation UHF RFID standard and carrying Electronic Product Codes. The effort is part of the next stage of Walmart's EPC program, which will concentrate on the types of products that have multiple stockkeeping units and are therefore a challenge to manage from an inventory perspective, according to Myron Burke, Walmart's director of store innovation and the person leading the retailer's EPC program in the United States.

"We are addressing the opportunity to improve inventory accuracy and inventory availability," Burke told RFID Journal. "We have been working collaboratively with suppliers on a strategic basis to make this part of our systems."

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