Starting next month, Wal-Mart will begin the roll out an electronic ID tag scheme to track individual pairs of jeans and underwear, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Removable RFID smart tags on each of the individual garments will enable employees to gain quick access to inventory counts – know how many garments and what sizes should be out on the floor and also know what is still available in the back room.
Wal-Mart has demanded that suppliers add these electronic tags to removable labels or packaging instead of embedding them in clothes, to minimize fears that they could be used to track people’s movements. It also is posting signs informing customers about the tags.
If all goes as planned, the store says other products may eventually be equipped with RFID tags for better inventory management.
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