In recent years, Walmart has been at the forefront of implementing RFID technology in its stores. RFID allows for inventory tracking can provide real-time updates on the status of products.
First, in a few words, we would like to explain what RFID technology is. RFID is a wireless non-contact technology that uses radio waves to identify and track tags attached to objects automatically. RFID tags can be attached to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for identification using radio waves.
In this blog DMS will examine requirements and what they mean for suppliers. First, suppliers need to work closely with Walmart to understand the requirements and deadlines for implementing RFID technology. Here are a few key things to know about RFID tags.
- Increased Read Range
Walmart requires that RFID tags have a read range of at least 20 feet. This increased read range will allow for faster and more efficient tracking of inventory, which will help Walmart to manage its supply chain better.
- Improved Accuracy
In addition to increased read range, Walmart also requires that RFID tags have improved accuracy. Specifically, they need that tags have at least a 95% read rate. This means that tags must be able to transmit data to the reader to be considered compliant accurately.
- EPC (Electronic Product Code) Compliant
Walmart also requires that RFID tags be EPC compliant. EPC is a global standard for RFID tags that ensures consistency in the transmitted data. By requiring EPC compliance, Walmart ensures that its suppliers use tags compatible with their existing systems.
- Serialized Tagging
Finally, Walmart requires that all RFID tags be serialized. This means that each tag will have a unique identifier, which will help to ensure that each individual product can be tracked throughout the supply chain. Serialized tagging will also make it easier to locate specific products during a recall.
In conclusion, Walmart’s requirements for RFID tags are designed to improve the efficiency and accuracy of its supply chain. By requiring increased read range, improved accuracy, EPC compliance, and serialized tagging, Walmart is ensuring that their suppliers are using tags compatible with their existing systems and can provide the data they need to manage their inventory.
The new requirements apply to all Walmart stores, including Sam’s Club locations. So if you want to continue doing business with Walmart, ensure you’re ready for the new RFID requirements. If you need help with how to start, DMS Packaging is here to help by providing both sourcing and affixing capabilities to flat packaging, such as blister cards and folding cartons. Call us at 847-907-3700 to discuss your customer’s needs, and let us help you before it becomes crunch time.