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Editor's Note

  • Trend Lines, Part I

    By Mark Roberti

    CEOs concerned about the high-cost of deploying RFID technology need to keep an eye on the bottom line, but they also need to prepare their companies for the future.

  • The Real Scandal

    By Mark Roberti

    The Chicago Sun Times has uncovered a “secret” smart-shelf test run by Wal-Mart and Procter & Gamble. One privacy group calls it a scandal. The real scandal is the way the public is being misled about RFID by journalists more interested in a sexy story than the facts.

  • A Little More Clarity

    By Mark Roberti

    The information Wal-Mart has provided about its RFID requirements will help suppliers figure out how to move forward with their own deployments. It also sheds new light on the future of EPC technology.

  • The End of the Beginning

    By Mark Roberti

    After four years of R&D, the Auto-ID Center closed its doors last week. Despite the controversy that has surrounded the center, it has been enormously successful.

  • A Bridge Between ISO and EPC

    By Richard Rees

    The only realistic way to deploy a UHF RFID system in an open supply chain today is to implement ISO 18000-6 and make next-generation EPC technology backwards compatible with it.

  • Precedents Set

    By Bob Violino

    Marks & Spencer has taken privacy concerns seriously in setting up an RFID trial. Other retailers would be smart to learn from its example.

  • Identity Crisis

    By Bob Violino

    Companies are going to have to get their arms around identity management before they can realize all the benefits RFID offers.

  • Education Is Key

    By Bob Violino

    There's a dangerous knowledge gap between early adopters, such as Wal-Mart and the U.S. Department of Defense, and just about everyone else.

  • The Tipping Point

    By Bob Violino

    The U.S. military's decision to require suppliers to use RFID tags will have an even bigger impact than Wal-Mart's RFID mandate.

  • Chief Evasion Officers

    By Mark Roberti

    If the CEO isn't backing RFID projects, then the board of directors shouldn't back the CEO.

  • The Clock Is Ticking

    By Mark Roberti

    RFID technology is complex and difficult to deploy. Companies that wait to begin learning about it are only asking for trouble.

  • A Time for Leadership

    By Bob Violino

    This week, the Auto-ID Center officially introduces EPC technology to the world. Now is the time for industry leaders to step up and foster adoption.

  • The Big Picture

    By Bob Violino

    We are moving toward a world where business is done in one language, with one currency and with one system to track products.

  • IT Does Matter

    By Bob Violino

    RFID will lead to a whole new wave of change in information technology systems, which will provide a competitive edge for those who exploit it.

  • Save Our Infrastructure

    By Bob Violino

    The blackout and recent Internet worms highlight the urgent need to secure the IT infrastructure that supply chain technologies like RFID depend on.

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