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RFID Tag Shortage Analysis

Some high-volume Wal-Mart suppliers may welcome the RFID tag shortage as an excuse to ask for more time in meeting the retailers compliance deadline.
Oct 12, 2004This article was originally published by RFID Update.

October 12, 2004—The news about an RFID tag shortage has caught many off-guard. But is it necessarily bad news for everybody? Some high-volume Wal-Mart suppliers, perhaps having procrastinated and now eager to buy a little time in complying with the RFID mandate, may be able to eek out a concession from the retailer by blaming greater market forces outside their control. Some also see the shortage as potentially slowing the rapid price decline of RFID tags that so many are hoping for. Whatever happens, most agree that the long term effects will be negligible, and that in less than a year the shortage will probably have worked itself out. By that time, with the GEN 2 standard long-ratified, semiconductor companies like Philips and Texas Instruments will have joined the RFID tag-making game, and the abundance and selection of tags and RFID equipment in general will eclipse what is available today.

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