“As one of Wal-Mart’s top 100 suppliers, Henkel falls under the retailer’s mandate to put RFID tags carrying Electronic Product Codes (EPCs) on pallets and cases delivered to Wal-Mart starting in 2005. However, according to Henkel, that deadline wasn’t the impetus for its RFID deployment.”
RFID Journal highlights the duct tape supplier as an early adopter of RFID technology.
Henkel has chosen Manhattan Associate’s “RFID In a Box” package to begin their efforts.
While Manhattan Associate’s solution is perhaps only poorly named, RFID News editors would be reluctant to manage any major client accounts with anything “in a box.”
“Because technology advances are happening too quickly to settle on a final decision at this time, says Henkel, those decisions will be determined later this year in 2004.”
Luckily, Henkel will be determining the nature of their RFID needs both later this year and in 2004. RFID News advises readers who supply Wal-Mart to continue to “stick by” the world’s largest retailer.