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• Linda Dillman, Wal-Mart CIO, has gone on record that the retailer will be increasingly unwilling to work with manufacturers that do not adopt its approach in the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to tag shipments.

More than 100 manufacturers started tagging last January, with another 200 scheduled to begin tagging shipments next month. Wal-Mart has deployed the technology at 117 of its warehouses and 500 of its stores, and reportedly plans to double the RFID-capable store count by the end of next year.

"We've started communicating to some of the suppliers who have been reluctant – which is a nice way of saying it – to say, 'We can't invest any more time in you',” said Dillman.
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