Once source tagging establishes a foothold in the supermarket industry, the hidden tags, capable of holding sigificant amounts of data, will be used as a theft deterrent, a merchandising tool and, in the future, for inventory-tracking purposes. However, unless supermarket retailers band together to get this technology into manufacturer assembly lines, source tagging's potential will remain unrealized. "If the [supermarket] industry joins together and puts some pressure on manufacturers to ...

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