When RFID burst onto the food retailing scene in 2004 — the year Wal-Mart Stores launched its RFID program in Texas — the expectations around the technology were sky-high, perhaps rivaling the buzz about the Internet a decade earlier. Here was a technology that allowed you to identify anything — product, case or pallet — by just slapping on a tag and putting it within range of a stationary, unmanned reader. No line of sight required. RFID promised to relegate bar codes to the dustbin of ...

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