CHICAGO -- In pursuing its closely watched RFID project in the Dallas area with top suppliers, Wal-Mart Stores is taking a flexible approach to its Jan. 1, 2005, deadline for supplier compliance, according to a top executive at the company. "We didn't say we wouldn't work with suppliers that had issues," said Michael Duke, executive vice president of Wal-Mart, and president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart's U.S. division. "Only a few suppliers need more time because of other ...

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