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An RFID Tag Shortage Begins

With RFID mandate compliance deadlines just three months away in January, a demand for RFID tags has hit that the industry can't satisfy.
Oct 11, 2004This article was originally published by RFID Update.

October 11, 2004—With the Wal-Mart and Department of Defense RFID mandate compliance deadlines looming just three months away, a forceful wave of demand for RFID tags has hit that the industry can't keep up with. Alien Technology is "temporarily sold out" of the Class 1 RFID tags required by retailer mandates. RFID tag orders should typically be placed three months prior to the date when the tags are actually needed, and many are citing negligence of this important piece of information as a reason for the current demand-supply disparity. Exacerbating the shortage is the fact that, since would-be tag manufacturers like Texas Instruments and Philips Semiconductor are waiting for GEN 2 standard ratification to begin production, there are really only two primary mandate-compliant tag vendors from which to choose, Alien and Matrics.

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