According to a story published this week by the Wall Street Journal, Wal-Mart will begin placing RFID tags on individual articles of clothing next month.
The company says the tags are intended to help them keep better track of inventory. The tags allow workers to use hand-held scanners to determine where items are missing.
Privacy advocates, however, have voiced concerns over the use of the tags, saying that while they can removed, they can’t be turned off. Click here to read the full story.
In 2005, Wal-Mart began requiring its suppliers to use RFID tags on pallets and cases so it could track inventory in the supply chain. If the current deployment is successful, the company may begin using RFID technology to track other products throughout its stores.