While most retailers are putting RFID to the test for pallet-, case- and sometimes item-level product tracking, Cost Plus World Market (CPWM), a large specialty retailer of food, furniture and other home goods, is using the technology in a different way. CPWM is employing an RFID-based real-time yard management system to monitor its fleet of trailers at its main distribution center in Northern California. Cost Plus World Market operates nearly 300 stores in 34 states, with a reported 2007 revenue of over $1bn. The retailer has begun tracking the 75 trailers in its fleet using the yard management system. The system utilizes passive EPC Gen 2 RFID tags encased in rugged housing and permanently mounted onto the trailers.
Source: RFID Journal, http://www.rfidjournal.com
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