For retailers and the other vertical industries, radio frequency identification (RFID) tags present enormous opportunities to improve supply chain operations, since real-time inventory control, tracking, and alerting capabilities could be very important advantages of RFID. As tagged inventory goes through ports, terminals, freight forwarders, and into a distribution center, the RFID tag should provide near real-time visibility of an item's whereabouts at all times.
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vendor's partnerships with Microsoft, IBM , Alien , Matrics , Printronics , Symbol , Zebra , Dell , HP , and Accenture should also allow for a comprehensive and relatively rapidly deployable RFID pilots and solutions. One should note though that meanwhile many other prominent vendors like RedPrairie have also become EPCglobal members and will sit on the same software, hardware, and user action groups, and will contribute at least equally to those standards. The Auto-ID Center was established in October