SPRINGDALE, Ark. -- At a widely anticipated meeting at a Holiday Inn here last week, Wal-Mart Stores gave its top 100 suppliers specific direction on the type of RFID tags it expects them to attach to their pallets and cases by the company's mandated deadline of Jan. 1, 2005. By describing the parameters it wants the tags to have, Wal-Mart is putting its considerable stamp on how global standards for the tags ultimately develop. Wal-Mart, based in nearby Bentonville, issued the deadline to ...

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