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Reeling from the blow dealt by Hurricane Katrina, and the subsequent slump in tourism, Jack Sutton found that running The French Art Network, a collection of family-owned fine-art stores located throughout The Big Easy, had become anything but easy.
Sutton and his partner considered opening new locations outside of New Orleans, but they were unsure how to keep tabs on employees managing high-value artwork in another city. "We found a location in Carmel, Calif.," Sutton says, "but we were scared about shipping art--which sells for anywhere from $2,000 to $20,000 each--2,000 miles away, and having a stranger running the store."
Then they heard about radio frequency identification, and the ability to tag and track art.
Source: RFID Journal, http://www.rfidjournal.com
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